Dim sum is probably the last cuisine you think of when you think of Hayes Valley’s bustling restaurant scene, but now’s the time to change that as Dumpling Home is putting out some fantastic dumplings in a casual environment that’s perfect for settling and digging in. Obviously, the dumplings are the hero—try them all: steamed, boiled, and pan-fried. The “numb and spicy” Pork Xiao Long Bao is not to be missed and lives up to its name in the best way possible. The vegetable dumplings are not only delicious, but beautiful (we’ve never seen a dumpling wrapped quite so elegantly)—just make it your mission to eventually eat your way through the entire menu.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only or order online for takeout.