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Where to Find Excellent Dumplings in the Twin Cities

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The best dumplings transcend dough and filling; whether fried, steamed, boiled, or crimped in myriad ways, they are infinitely diverse in flavors, fillings, and preparation. This map, featuring restaurants across Minneapolis and Saint Louis Park, addresses the dumpling as culturally agnostic, so the varieties covered are vast: potstickers, gyoza, gnocchi, empanadas, momos and pierogis, and more.

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1. Gorkha Palace

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23 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 886-3451
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Momos, a type of steamed dumpling shaped like half-moons, are one of several highlights in Gorkha’s expansive menu, which spans Nepal, India, and Tibet. Co-owner Rashmi Bhattachan sold these Nepalese delicacies at the Mill City Farmers Market long before founding Gorkha — and more lately her newest outpost, Momo Dosa — so naturally, her tenure comes through in each momo’s meticulously pleated skin wrapped around juicy patties of turkey, veggie, or bison, all sourced from local farms. Served with a bright tomato chutney, they’re enough to make a meal.

Dumplings on a white ceramic plate with a duo of sauces Gorkha Palace

2. Bar La Grassa

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800 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-3837
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Gnocchi’s can — and often do — veer into gummy territory. Not in the capable hands of Isaac Becker, one of the Twin Cities’ reliable treasures. His gnocchi holds a pillowy chew and is a terrific vehicle for a floral (orange) and nutty (cauliflower) sauce that’s redolent of a sticky marmalade. Rich yet somehow weightless. And hauntingly flavorful.

Gnocchi plated in a ceramic bowl Bar La Grassa

3. JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar

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730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 208-0706
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Like at Jessie “Jun” Wong’s Szechuan, in Roseville, the noodles, dumplings, and buns are all made from scratch, in-house, so gossamer and pliant skin is expected from the three options (all $12) currently on her menu at Jun, her trendier outpost. But what sets these Szechuan dumplings apart is that slick chili broth — with a subtle heat that crawls over your tongue then across your lips — weightless yet somehow deeply aromatic. Best to consume on-premise.

Dumplings topped with delicate chives and a slick chili broth JUN Szechuan

4. Kramarczuk Sausage Company

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215 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3018
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With 37 varieties of sausage on offer, Pierogis, or Varenyky, may be seen as an afterthought. Hardly. Kramarczuk’s dumplings are handmade and filled from scratch every day with unleavened wheat, yielding a dough that’s thick but addictively springy. Each pierogi is stuffed like an oversized cushion — either with potato and cheese or sauerkraut — and hasn’t changed much from when it debut over 50 years ago.

Pierogi being folded and set on a baking tray Kramarczuk’s

5. Sanjusan

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33 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-7763
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Gyoza is a humbler offering among the envelope-pushing, Japanese-Italian fare at Kado No Mise’ sister eatery. And folding foie-gras into a dumpling certainly isn’t novel — due credit should be given to Anita Lo, who famously incorporated the prized liver in soup dumplings, a dish that remained on her restaurant’s menu for 17 years before it shuttered — but it’s a welcome delight. And like the best gyozas we’ve had, Sanjusan’s are encased in a skin that’s crisply burnished on the bottom and softly pleated on top.

Crisped chicken liver gyoza topped with chives Sanjusan | Wing Ta

6. Yangtze

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5625 Wayzata Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 541-9469
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What to make of an old-school dim sum parlor that also casually offers Hunan, Sichuan, and Thai staples? No matter. Yangtze’s traditional Cantonese small plates remain a stronghold, and its har gow, or crystal shrimp dumplings, are nearly textbook. Said otherwise: whole chunks shrimp bound by glossy and delicate (yet chewy) wrappers, sized conservatively. Offered only offered during lunch, on weekends.

7. Boludo

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3749 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 965-2858
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Devotees of Martina’s vaunted empanadas rejoiced when its progenitor, Facundo DeFraia, left to set up his own shop. His “Puerro,” a variety featuring creamed leeks and gorgonzola, remains on Martina’s menu and is on Boludo’s, too; it’s one of six Empanadas currently on offer at each of his two outposts in Minneapolis. And it’s as good as we remember: pastry is swollen and flaky while the filling is generous and satisfying. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost — $14 at Martina versus $3.95 here. Multiple locations.

Flaky, heat-pocked empanadas in a row with sauce Boludo

8. Dumpling

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4004 Minnehaha Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 540-5569
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There’s plenty on offer at Dumpling for good reason; its namesake staples are sturdy and well-constructed, so you won’t go wrong with almost anything on the menu. A must-order is the Falafel Dumplings, which are filled with chickpeas, onions, jalapeño, parsley, cilantro, and cumin and accompanied by a coolly refreshing tahini mint sauce. Not strictly traditional, but harmonious and comforting.

Falafel dumplings in a dish with tahini mint sauce Dumpling | Jake Durham

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1. Gorkha Palace

23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dumplings on a white ceramic plate with a duo of sauces Gorkha Palace

Momos, a type of steamed dumpling shaped like half-moons, are one of several highlights in Gorkha’s expansive menu, which spans Nepal, India, and Tibet. Co-owner Rashmi Bhattachan sold these Nepalese delicacies at the Mill City Farmers Market long before founding Gorkha — and more lately her newest outpost, Momo Dosa — so naturally, her tenure comes through in each momo’s meticulously pleated skin wrapped around juicy patties of turkey, veggie, or bison, all sourced from local farms. Served with a bright tomato chutney, they’re enough to make a meal.

23 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Bar La Grassa

800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Gnocchi plated in a ceramic bowl Bar La Grassa

Gnocchi’s can — and often do — veer into gummy territory. Not in the capable hands of Isaac Becker, one of the Twin Cities’ reliable treasures. His gnocchi holds a pillowy chew and is a terrific vehicle for a floral (orange) and nutty (cauliflower) sauce that’s redolent of a sticky marmalade. Rich yet somehow weightless. And hauntingly flavorful.

800 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

3. JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar

730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Dumplings topped with delicate chives and a slick chili broth JUN Szechuan

Like at Jessie “Jun” Wong’s Szechuan, in Roseville, the noodles, dumplings, and buns are all made from scratch, in-house, so gossamer and pliant skin is expected from the three options (all $12) currently on her menu at Jun, her trendier outpost. But what sets these Szechuan dumplings apart is that slick chili broth — with a subtle heat that crawls over your tongue then across your lips — weightless yet somehow deeply aromatic. Best to consume on-premise.

730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Kramarczuk Sausage Company

215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Pierogi being folded and set on a baking tray Kramarczuk’s

With 37 varieties of sausage on offer, Pierogis, or Varenyky, may be seen as an afterthought. Hardly. Kramarczuk’s dumplings are handmade and filled from scratch every day with unleavened wheat, yielding a dough that’s thick but addictively springy. Each pierogi is stuffed like an oversized cushion — either with potato and cheese or sauerkraut — and hasn’t changed much from when it debut over 50 years ago.

215 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Sanjusan

33 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Crisped chicken liver gyoza topped with chives Sanjusan | Wing Ta

Gyoza is a humbler offering among the envelope-pushing, Japanese-Italian fare at Kado No Mise’ sister eatery. And folding foie-gras into a dumpling certainly isn’t novel — due credit should be given to Anita Lo, who famously incorporated the prized liver in soup dumplings, a dish that remained on her restaurant’s menu for 17 years before it shuttered — but it’s a welcome delight. And like the best gyozas we’ve had, Sanjusan’s are encased in a skin that’s crisply burnished on the bottom and softly pleated on top.

33 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Yangtze

5625 Wayzata Blvd, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

What to make of an old-school dim sum parlor that also casually offers Hunan, Sichuan, and Thai staples? No matter. Yangtze’s traditional Cantonese small plates remain a stronghold, and its har gow, or crystal shrimp dumplings, are nearly textbook. Said otherwise: whole chunks shrimp bound by glossy and delicate (yet chewy) wrappers, sized conservatively. Offered only offered during lunch, on weekends.

5625 Wayzata Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

7. Boludo

3749 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Flaky, heat-pocked empanadas in a row with sauce Boludo

Devotees of Martina’s vaunted empanadas rejoiced when its progenitor, Facundo DeFraia, left to set up his own shop. His “Puerro,” a variety featuring creamed leeks and gorgonzola, remains on Martina’s menu and is on Boludo’s, too; it’s one of six Empanadas currently on offer at each of his two outposts in Minneapolis. And it’s as good as we remember: pastry is swollen and flaky while the filling is generous and satisfying. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost — $14 at Martina versus $3.95 here. Multiple locations.

3749 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

8. Dumpling

4004 Minnehaha Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Falafel dumplings in a dish with tahini mint sauce Dumpling | Jake Durham

There’s plenty on offer at Dumpling for good reason; its namesake staples are sturdy and well-constructed, so you won’t go wrong with almost anything on the menu. A must-order is the Falafel Dumplings, which are filled with chickpeas, onions, jalapeño, parsley, cilantro, and cumin and accompanied by a coolly refreshing tahini mint sauce. Not strictly traditional, but harmonious and comforting.

4004 Minnehaha Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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