"There’s a serious lack of visibility when it comes to Chinese restaurants, both literally and figuratively."
"One of the biggest reasons that Chinese restaurants in San Diego are so scarce: there’s a serious lack of experience and willingness to convey cultural tradition to hungry customers."
"Food is a language that brings us all together."
It’s telling that Dumpling Inn was forced to abandon their original circa-1998 location for a larger joint: far from an average Chinese restaurant, this place has such a voracious cult following that it had no choice but to ramp up its operation to keep up with demand. While the mid-century Shanghai City-inspired digs (think watercolor murals depicting pastoral scenes and pagodas, paper lanterns and festive string lights hung throughout) has ample seating, you’ll likely have to make a reservation in order to get your fix of the ambrosial Xia Long Bao dumplings upon which the spot’s legendary reputation rests.