The brunch switch-up you’ve been looking for comes in the form of crystal-skinned dumplings, savory roast duck, stuffed steamed bao and an assortment of other dim sum delights. This weekend, head to one of these four spots with an open mind and empty stomach.
Mandarin Kitchen It’s likely that you’ve heard of Mandarin Kitchen if you make a habit of chatting about food around the Twin Cities. It’s the most well-known and well-loved spot for dim sum. It’s just about as authentic as it can be while still catering to a Midwestern crowd, with live shellfish, traditional Hong-Kong style seafood, roast duck and delicious dumplings. It’s likely that you’ll be exposed to a variety of dishes that you haven’t had before, and as scary as that it can be – it can also be very liberating. The dim sum options are great, fresh as can be since the dining room is nearly always packed – so get here early and have an open mind, the food will just keep coming.
8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420
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While Kings may not have the full dim sum experience on offer, they do have a variety of dim sum inspired small plates for Sunday brunch from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Steamed spicy shrimp wontons, egg rolls, teriyaki chicken skewers and banh bao are a few items up for grabs, perfect for sharing between two. While the executive chef situation at Kings has been anything but stable, they were able to lock down Honolulu-born chef Warren Seta formerly of Malibu Chan’s in Las Vegas. With Seta at the wheel, now’s the time to check out Kings.
4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Fresh and comforting, Yangtze Restaurant’s weekend dim sum is an experience that has to be seen to be believed. The rush of carts seems to never end, with each one bringing something more scrumptious than the last. It sounds chaotic, but when you’re there, grabbing plates and baskets – it’s the most natural thing in the world. With all the options, some more identifiable than others, don’t be afraid to ask what a dish is – the staff are friendly and more than willing to give you the low down on how to properly eat a chicken foot or what that steamed bun is filled with. 5625 Wayzata Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
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While Yangtze and Mandarin are known for long waits and full dining rooms on the weekends, Pagoda is the spot where it’s easy to slide in for a satisfying brunch that won’t take the entire afternoon. It’s definitely not the most authentic or exciting dim sum experience, but it’s the cheapest and the food tastes real good. If you go for the dim sum special, bottomless mimosas are included – which, let’s be honest, is a huge plus for any brunch menu. The roast duck is a good option with crisp skin and juicy, fatty meat.
1417 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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