A dumpling is some truly magical foodstuff, found throughout all different cultures around the world. From Poland’s pierogi, to China’s soup dumplings, to the American South’s chicken and dumplings, we love this food in all its glorious forms. Here are some fantastic ones around town, no matter what style you’re craving.
BBQ Corner 2 – Har Gow
There is a dearth of great dim sum in Atlanta, but BBQ Corner 2’s Shrimp Har Gow hits the spot. They’re a go to for many in Atlanta most definitely not for the atmosphere, but hard-to-find Cantonese staples.
Gu’s Kitchen – Zhong Style Dumplings
Folks go crazy for the addicting Szechuan style spice of Gu’s Kitchen’s Zhong Style Dumplings, served in a savory chili oil blend that’s spicy, sweet, and garlicky. They sell thousands of these dumplings every week! You can even buy the sauce yourself and put it on dumplings (or anything) at home. You can also find “Gu’s Dumplings” locations at Krog Street Market and in Alpharetta.
Himalayan Spice – Momo
Smyrna is lucky to have Himalayan Spice serving up Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. And a star of their menu is without a doubt, the “momo,” a dumpling with lots of Chinese as well as South Asian influences. Their Butter Curry Momo is the crossover we didn’t know we needed—freshly made momo served in a savory butter curry sauce. It’s totally worth a trip in and of itself.
The hand-pulled and knife-cut noodles are the star of the show at this Buford Highway gem, but don’t engage in dumpling erasure!! Their pan fried dumplings are equally if not more delicious. They take dumplings to a new level with a crispy, crunchy crust.
It’s a Southern staple, so it’s no wonder why Mary Mac’s has some great ones. Seasoned well and comforting tender chicken served with thick and doughy dumplings, mmmm. It’s comfort in a bowl. Order up the honey buns and fried chicken for more Southern goodness from this historic spot, open since the 50s at the height of segregation.
We can’t talk about dumplings without mentioning popular Buford Highway spot Northern China Eatery and their delicious Xiao long bao. These dumplings hold little pockets of warm brothy soup and meat, leading to a taste explosion in your mouth. Their pan fried pork buns are also a sight to behold, as is their cumin lamb. You can also buy a lot of their dumplings and buns in bulk to keep in the freezer at home!