8.5
LA

Mama Lu’s Dumpling House

Perfect For: Cheap Eats Lunch

Mama Lu’s is a big restaurant with little in the way of decorations, a crowd of people mostly keeping to themselves, and tables that are ever so slightly too close together. But you’re not here for the atmosphere - you’re here for the best dumplings in SGV. After you’ve waited in line to get seated (there will be a line, no matter when you go), just order fried dumplings and the beef wrap, and wait for some incredibly good Chinese food to arrive at your table. Mama Lu’s does incredible things with flavor and texture - the dumplings have a melt-in-your-mouth filling and a perfectly crisped shell, and they’re super flavorful without ever getting too salty. The waits here can get brutal, but if you want the best, stick it out.

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