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Feb 3, 2009 12:08 PM

Katy's Dumpling House opens in Naperville

Just yesterday, I ate lunch at Katy's Dumpling House in Westmont and the owner was sitting in the dining area nearby. I jokingly asked why he was not wearing a red shirt, as he did when the place first came to the attention of Chowhound diners and he seemed not to remember (maybe a language problem more than memory).

This morning's Naperville Sun had an ad for the grand opening of Katy's Dumpling House in Naperville so I stopped in to check it out. There was the same guy (the owner) and he was wearing the red shirt again! But this time he was not cooking or running the register.

Katy's took over the space formerly occupied by Jin's Mandarin in the shopping center just west of Naperville North High School, where Binny's Liquor store and City Meat Market are located (south side of Ogden Avenue between Benedetti Drive and Royal St. George). The sign outside still says Jin's, but Katy's owner told me there will be a new sign there in a few days. Menu will be the same as in the Westmont location, but the space is much larger and slightly less spartan. This is good news for Napervillians who formerly drove to Westmont to enjoy the noodles and dumplings. It also offers another good Chinese lunch and dinner option in the area. Also located in this shopping center is Indian Harvest, offering a totally vegetarian Indian menu.

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  1. I am so excited!!! We love Katy's Dumpling, and now it is much closer to us. We'll definitely go visit the Naperville location soon! We also love Indian Harvest. The buffet is excellent. The buffet does have two meat items (chicken and lamb). Great food.

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    1. re: coffeebean2006

      Had dinner last night at Katy's Naperville (the sign still says Jin's Mandarin). Enjoyed our favorite - pork fried noodles - and tried both the Spicy Dumplings and the Steamed Spareribs. Both were good, especially the dumplings. Spareribs are cut into bite-size pieces and are coated with a nice red spice.
      I do have to say the service is weak -- it is as if they never worked as waiters before. Our waiter did not write down what we ordered, then came back later to ask which spareribs dish we had ordered. He never brought tea (we didn't ask for any, but other tables had pots of tea) nor rice. He later asked if we wanted rice and, although we said yes, he never brought it. Glad we went for the food, not the service. At 7:30 PM, there were at least 7 tables occupied by 3 or more patrons, of which 5 were oriental. Will try a few other dishes next time.

      1. re: CJT

        We went there for lunch on Sunday. The beef noodle soup was as good as the Westmont location. We also tried the stir fried snow pea leaves, stir fried spicy salty pork, and steamed dumplings. They were good, but I have to say the noodle dishes are better. Also, I think the price is higher than the Westmont location.

        1. re: CJT

          the service was really bad at katy's our dishes took forever and it didn't taste good. we were really disappointed . Have you ever tried mapo?

      2. Great news, that's much closer to us. Yum!

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        1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

          . We ordered a few of our favorite lsc and mapo restaurant dishes just to compare with katy's new more sichuan dishes. We ordered the don don noodle and the sichuan cold noodle for appetizer. What a disappointment. The noodles were ok but there was no taste in the noodles. It wasn't spicy just oily. The dry chili chicken just doesn't compare to Mapo's. The pork we ordered was over cooked and greasy. maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes. Sichuan food is not good at katy's . It was a complete waste of money. I really don't think I will go back again. There was hardly anyone in there and the service was horrible. The other katy's is better.

          1. re: psiri

            Why try other restaurants' dishes at Katy's to see if they match up? Better to order what Katy's specializes in: noodles and dumplings. I agree service leaves a lot to be desired, but the Westmont location is too far to go if you live in Naperville area and can get many of the same dishes (and service at Westmont just means the lady brings your food to the table and will give you tea if you ask for it, but there is no ice water; plus Westmont is cash only but Naperville place takes credit cards).
            Try their spicy dumplings and pork fried noodles or beef tendon soup with noodles. We liked the beef soup at MaPo, but they served us the main course just a few minutes after the soup arrived, which didn't give us time to enjoy the soup and the other dish was only warm when we ate it.

            1. re: CJT

              Took the family and our neighbors there on Sunday. Great stuff. I had the spicy beef noodle soup and it was wonderful. Kids loved the chicken satay and chicken with noodles. My only bad dish was one recommended by the waiter. I ordered the cold shredded steamed chicken and he said to try the beef tendon instead. Hea, I'll try anything once. What he brought to the table resembled nothing I have ever seen or tried before. Thin little slices of what tasted like plastic. No flavor at all, no taste of beef or anything else. Just nasty. We will be back often. My son takes martial arts classes a few doors down on Saturdays and I'm sure this is going to be our new source for lunch every Saturday!!

              1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                you must go try the beef soup noodle from Mapo . I don't know if you have ever been there but the beef soup noodle is great. My son loves the beef roll there. give it a try. it is off of ogden and naperville wheaton road...

                1. re: psiri


                  Sounds great and sure looks tasty on their website. I'll see if I can get the family to agree on this for lunch this weekend.

        2. We visited Katy's Naperville location on Wednesday, 2/25 at lunch time. The signage is still Jin's and while we were there 5 different parties came in looking for the buffet that Jin's musthave had. Two of them were seated near us and grumbled a lot about what was on the menu, they ordered very bland basic things. As for us, our food was very good with very good service. They place was nearly full when we left about 12:30. Three of us shared an app of pickled vegetables which were much like a light kimchee. My partner had Mapo Tofu which had 3 peppers on the menu, it was hot but very good! I had Sliced Pork in garlic which was good and very garlicy. Our friend decided Katy's was too edgy for her and had Vegetable Delight. This was a huge amount of food with the soup and either an egg roll or won ton. We brought home 5 containers, including the rice, and had another 2 meals from it! Everything just got spicier and garlicier with age! We will be back and try more!

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          1. re: LikestoEatout

            Jin's did have a lunchtime buffet so anyone seeing the Jin's sign and not knowing of the change would be disappointed in the change of menu. Jin's was much more straightforward Chinese which many people are used to. I wish Katy's would get a new sign up soon. They have been open more than a month now.

            1. re: CJT

              I just think its a waste of time to go there. The noodles are not as good as the old katy's . the texture is different. A new sign is not going to help the food. way too much msg..

            2. re: LikestoEatout

              How in the world is Katy's "too edgy"?? They have mainstream items on the menu.

              1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                My friend saw Spicy Intestines and Preserved Pork Belly on the lunch special menu, that did it in for her. She had vegetarian delight.

              2. re: LikestoEatout

                how was the mapo tofu???? thats one of my favorite dishes.

                1. re: psiri

                  We liked the mapo tofu alot but it was a first time experience and nothing to compare it to. We like hot and spicy food and this was near the top of our range in heat!

              3. I've been to the Westmont Katy's and the Naperville one. The dumplings at the Westmont location are to die for, especially the pot stickers. They are the closest thing I can find around Chicago to the dumplings I used to eat in Chinatowns all over Australia! Plus, when you walk in and see the soy sauce, black vinegar, and pot of chili oil on the table, you know your meal is going to be good.

                The Naperville location is huge, but I found the food to taste just a bit different, and not in a good way. The handmade noodles, another great dish at the Westmont location, were about half as thick at the Naperville location, which was really unexpected. The dumplings were still delicious, but instead of the soy sauce-black vinegar-chili oil combo on the table, there was soy sauce and a sweet and sour type sauce. I asked for some black vinegar and chili oil from the kitchen, which they provided, but it just didn't taste the same.

                I think there is just something about eating in the tiny, cramped Westmont location that feels more authentic. Maybe it makes the food taste better, or maybe I am just crazy. But I will be patronizing the Westmont location from now on. Just thinking about their pan fried pork dumplings makes me hungry!