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Jun 27, 2010 09:33 AM

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

Well the title pretty much says it all. Where is your favorite place to go? I've been recommended Chinatown off mopac.

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  1. Welcome to the board, JetGirl. Here are a couple of links (pulled up via search) that more or less address your question:

    Except for Tien Hong closing, all that info is current.

    1. I really like Fortune in the Asian Center off of Braker.
      It's the traditional cart service and the food is superb. They also offer it a lot more often than most places.

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      1. re: amykragan

        I like Fortune, too. I'm not sure if it's the best because I need to give them another try with a larger group. Last time we were only two and therefore couldn't try nearly as many dishes as I would have liked. There was one dish in particular, roasted pork with crispy skin, that we really, really liked.

        Of the options in town though, I think they have the best service. The cart people just seemed happier in general and more helpful--as opposed to being in a hurry to get to the next table like Shanghai and Chinatown, and our waitress kept a very close eye on the state of our table (refilling glasses, clearing plates).

        1. re: verily

          The staff is much nicer than other places, but many of them don't speak Chinese (or don't know the dishes well enough) so you can't order dishes you only know the Chinese name of which is frustrating. They also are not consistent or thorough in their cart rotations and making sure to hit every table.

      2. My faves are Pao's Mandarin House in Lakeway followed by Shanghai.

        Pao's is a commitment because of the drive, but well worth it if you go in a large group.

        Shanghai is consistent and very centrally located.

        Pao's Mandarin House
        2300 Lohmans Spur, Lakeway, TX 78734

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        1. re: Homero

          gaaaah I love Pao's. But it is a different kind of Dim Sum. They specialize in Northern style dim sum... probably not what OP is looking for here.

        2. If you're looking for votes here, I'm in for Chinatown. I still need to try Fortune dim sum, though I have not been incredibly impressed by them otherwise.

          1. heres some of my favorites.
            Shanghai is my number 1 choice
            chinatown would be number 2 but it is on the pricey side
            I though fortune seafood was strictly OK. I like their dinners better

            Another overlooked place,especially if you need a mid week dim sum fix is Get Sum Dim Sum.

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            1. re: rdking647

              Perhaps I hit Get Sum Dim Sum on an off day or ordered wrong, but everything I ate was bland and heavy. I'd take Fortune, T&S or Chinatown anytime instead of GSDS.