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Can anyone recommend a great place in Denver for Dim Sum? I'm hoping for carts and delicious and lots of choices. Thanks!

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  1. Star Kitchen on S. Federal and W. Mississippi is the choice of many for best dim sum; it got Westword's "Best of" for dim sum the last three years running. I've also been to Empress Seafood, also on Federal, which was great too. There are actually several good dim sum places on South Federal - Superstar, Kings Land, etc. - all of which are worth checking out. And New Port, in Broomfield, is excellent if you're closer to Boulder than Denver.

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    Star Kitchen
    2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

    Empress Seafood Restaurant
    2825 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80219

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    1. re: monopod

      I should add that I don't know if these are "authentic" in your reckoning; I grew up with the dim sum in Boston's Chinatown, and thought they compared favorably to some of the places there. No idea if they're actually authentic compared to the Chinese versions, or those in other cities like San Francisco.

      1. re: monopod

        Thanks for the tips. I may not know authentic but was thinking of everything coming on carts as opposed to being ordered. I'm looking forward to tryIng a couple of the places you suggested.

        1. re: kbarritt

          Yup, definitely carts at all of them. As far as I'm concerned, if there are no carts, it's not dim sum.

        2. re: monopod

          Monopod,
          I am from MA as well and miss the north End, chinese food there, Hingham lobster pound and Tonys clam shack as well as the Deli..I have lived in CA ( bay area) for 9 years and just moved to Denver. Having had ALOT of dim sum in SF as well as San Jose I am desperately trying to find a dimsum place in Denver. I am going to go to Star Kitchen.... I am hoping I can get them to make these shrimp and banana rolls that are popular in CA and are OUT OF THIS WORLD good... All my friends in the bay area are Chinese Americans and I am known as the dimsumaholic! We also are looking for 4 star restaurants . Any suggestions guys? We have found Panzano and Linger which also have the distinction of having only organic ingredients since we avoid GMO's and factory farmed meat whenever possible. Suggestions? Thanks!

      2. I can vouch for Star Kitchen, Kings Land Seafood Restaurant, and SuperStar Asian. All really good, all carts, all inexpensive. King's Land is the largest, so if you don't manage to go early (11 AM or so), King's Land is your best bet without a wait.

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        Kings Land Chinese Seafood Restaurant
        2200 W Alameda Ave Unit 44, Denver, CO 80223

        Superstar Asian Cuisine
        2200 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80223

        Star Kitchen
        2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

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        1. re: DrakeRemoray

          Lots of dim sum in my future! Thanks everyone. I'll post some kind of response. I think we will try one of these on Sunday. I've lived in Denver 40 years and we love Asian food but for some reason have skipped dim sum. The subject came up at a little dinner the other night and we decided it was time to do it. Many years ago we have enjoyed dim sum in San Francisco and in Hong Kong.

          1. re: kbarritt

            We finally made it for dim sum. We picked Star Kitchen. It was so excellent. Everything savory and delicious. Can't wait to return to try some of the things we missed. We especially enjoyed the last minute Chinese broccoli (everyone agreeing we needed to eat something green) and the silky tofu in a ginger broth as the perfect finish. 6 adults well fed and 5 beers = $82.00. I still can't believe that!

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            Star Kitchen
            2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

            1. re: kbarritt

              I like your note that the broccoli was ordered because you needed something green; we always end up with the broccoli for the same reason - one of the few green things that comes by on a cart. Glad you enjoyed!

              1. re: monopod

                @monopod So we are all products of our mothers - no matter how old we grow:)

        2. Superstar is almost on par with NYC, LA, SF, and not too far behind hongkong.
          Star kitchen is rumored to be similar
          Kings land and empress are gross

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          1. re: Robatayaki

            Empress is gross? Why? I've been to all of the above (except King's Land) and while I agree that the Stars are the stars (heh), I didn't think Empress was bad. What's your complaint? Maybe I caught them on a good day, or maybe you caught them on a bad one.

            1. re: monopod

              I have never been to Empress either, but I have been to King's land and both Stars.

              King's land is great on the weekends when it is full and busy. I think the food is good and I don't see that much difference between them. Certainly not "almost up to hong kong" vs "gross". I think perhaps Rob likes hyperbole...

              1. re: DrakeRemoray

                I'm glad to see the thread continuing! We are going back to Star Kitchen this Sunday to pick up some things we missed (and to eat again a few things we loved). Next up we will be trying Super Star, Kings Land and the Empress. Forgot to mention I really save up and prepare for this as I eat a low sodium diet. :)

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                Star Kitchen
                2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

                1. re: DrakeRemoray

                  DrakeRemoray, I think it is inappropriate to judge others' opinion on chowhound ("hyperbole?"). What I posted is my opinion and tastes and should be taken only as that by the reader. I (and I presume others) welcome differing opinions and objective commentary and leave it up to the reader to take it or leave it, interpret, credit or discount it. It is a waste of bulletin space and readers' time to have baseless judgements of others' opinions. And have you eaten DimSum in Hong Kong?

                  1. re: Robatayaki

                    I was merely pointing out that your scale ("gross" to "almost like Hong Kong") seems like an exaggeration (or hyperbole).

                    "Gross" is so vague. Does it mean that servers were picking their noses and then serving food with their rewards still clinging to the tips of their fingers? I am glad you clarified it below. You said the food was "consistently greasy". I have found that the Chinese broccoli at Kingsland is very greasy, the sesame balls are sometimes greasy as well. I have not found that anything on their steamed cart is greasy and I like Kingland's glutinous rice better than either Star Kitchen or Super Star Asian.

                    And I have eaten Dim Sum in Hong Kong (admittedly a long time ago) and very frequently in San Francisco. So neener neener neener...

                    In any case, I am glad to have the choices we do in Denver, and don't think that people should avoid Kingsland. It is lively and fun and (in my opinion) non-gross!

                2. re: monopod

                  I frequented Kingsland until superstar came along but was never impressed because the food was consistently greasy even the non fried foods and was not that tasty. With Superstar across the lot there is no reason to go to kingsland. As a second opinion, my hair stylist who is from Guandong (close to Hong Kong) who introduced me to super star has commented bow much better superstar is. I gave kingsland my last try 2 years ago when superstar had a long wait and reconfirmed my opinion. Perhaps kingsland has improved since then, motivated by competition.

                  As for empress, when I tried it on a weekend it was off the menu, not the cart. I remember the chowfun came out cold and tasteless. The place was not very busy so, busy-ness could not be the reason for cold food. While I don't remember specifics, most of the other food was equally underwhelming.

                  1. re: Robatayaki

                    I'll share my story of "gross" for King's Land - went their since Star Kitchen & Super Star were both packed and I'm not a big fan of waiting for 30 mins - 1 hour for restaurants unless they're outstanding. . .

                    Went to eat their about 6 months ago and got a seat after ~5-10 minute wait so it was OK busy. Walking to the bathroom, there was definitely a very bad funk coming from the carpet and bathroom and nearby kitchen entrance/exit that really turned me off about the place. Keep in mind, I'm not someone with a light stomach or someone who makes passes quick judgement on restaurant cleanliness but this stuck in my head. I thought the food was passable but I just couldn't get over the "funk" (I guess you could say I'm in a funk over their funk).

                    Re: the other suggestions, my opinion is that Star Kitchen is by far the best of the bunch; heads and shoulders above the 2nd-place Super Star. I haven't been to Empress in awhile so maybe that'll be our back-up if both Stars have a long wait. Empress was my parent's go-to place when I was growing up in Denver. Probably won't be awhile since we just returned from HK and I don't want to "ruin" the good taste in my mind.

                    As a side note, has anyone been to DINNER at Star Kitchen? It seems to have a wok-seared smell to the place that makes me think that the chefs in the back know what they're doing (if that makes any sense to anyone).

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                    Star Kitchen
                    2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

              2. We live in Boulder so tend to go to New Port in Broomfield. Carts, crowds, good food, low prices.