The hipster BYO nook with four communal tables sits in an Avondale strip mall between a laundromat and a dry cleaner owned by relatives of Korean- American chef Bill Kim. Asian street food? Yes, but as interpreted by a chef who spent years working under the likes of Charlie Trotter and David Bouley. Whether ethereal squash pockets laced with Kaffir lime and orange, or roasted duck purses scented with Vietnamese pho spices—Kim’s complex dumplings deliver four-star bang for seven paltry bucks.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.