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Need A MSP dim sum Round Up

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is Mandarin Kitchen still number one with Jun Bo #2?? how about in the suburbs and on the saint paul side of town??

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Jun Bo
7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

Mandarin Kitchen
8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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  1. Yangtze is still very good.

    1. I can't vouch for it, but Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen reportedly serves it http://www.wondrousmpls.com/menu.html

      ~TDQ

      1. Love Mandarin Kitchen. Their Spring rolls are especially authentic and delicious. Jun Bo has been a disaster every time I tried them.

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        Jun Bo
        7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

        Mandarin Kitchen
        8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

        1. I know that Pagoda in Dinkytown has had some mixed reviews for Dim Sum but we've been there twice in the last couple of months on the weekend and I've found that they are much better than our experience with Jun Bo and comparable to Mandarin Kintchen. Food was warmer than Jun Bo where some of our dishes were stone cold coming off the cart and the flavors were authentic (I've had dim sum in Hong Kong and other places in Asia), service carts came around more frequently and the staff were patient in explaining the various choices with people who had not had dim sum previously. I'm not sure that they have the "90 types of dim sum" that they purportedly offer all at the same time.

          Best bets - baked bread buns and their steamed items that have a filling in them - the shiao mai, chive dumplings and stuffed fried tofu skins. For their fried items, ask how warm they are or how long they have been on the cart - if you can get them warm, their sesame balls and taro balls are awesome. The best thing that we have had are their various baked bread items - their pineapple buns (stuffed with custard), coconut buns, meat buns and red bean buns. Evidently they are special baked just for dimsum and they are available for carry out - both times, we've gotten 4 additional buns to take home to eat the next day - warm them up for about 5-10 minutes at 200 degrees in the oven and they taste just as fresh as when you get them at the restaurant.

          Never seems to be a wait compared to the hordes that are at Mandarin Kitchen - the downside is that they don't offer parking since it's in Dinkytown so you have to park at a meter or somewhere on the street.

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          Jun Bo
          7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

          Mandarin Kitchen
          8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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          1. re: spahkee

            Pagota does actually have a handful of spots in the lot in back. Just read the signs carefully to make sure you're in the right place.

          2. Mandarin Kitchen is very good, but the wait (at least 45 minutes to an hour every time I go) and the drive tends to make this a once every few months trip. I'm sure I'll probably get a little grief for this, but we tried the dim sum at Thom Pham's new restaurant last weekend and it was surprisingly good. My favorites were the shark fin dumplings, the BBQ pork bun and the cilantro dumplings. I would definitely go back - the prices are in line with Mandarin and there was no wait (but the restaurant was busy when we were there around 11 am).

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            Mandarin Kitchen
            8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

            1. I think you are just about right on. Unlike others, I like Jun Bo. But I am also a dim sum slut. I love it. All the time. And have also eaten it in Hong Kong, San Francisco and Vancouver. I think the Mandarin Kitchen is superior but the waits, the crowds, and lack of good space - same with Yangtze (except I find their food mediocre for dim sum - I still way over indulge, but I am not so happy afterwards) makes them a less attractive choice.

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              Jun Bo
              7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

              Mandarin Kitchen
              8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

              Hong Kong Restaurant
              7828 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420