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Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings (there’s a Thanksgiving dumpling!)

Mimi Cheng's
Mimi Cheng’s
179 Second Ave (between 11th and 12th streets)
New York, NY

When Mimi Cheng’s first opened in 2014, I was skeptical. But now I feel bad for judging Mimi before even trying them out. I was skeptical because it seemed like an upscale dumpling restaurant pandering to people who are willing to pay too much for, what I assumed to be, meh dumplings. There was too much branding. Too much buzz. For some reason, I thought a polished restaurant couldn’t be a great dumpling restaurant. It’s like having an expensive chicken and rice.

Mimi Cheng's
But now thinking about it, why can’t we have an expensive chicken and rice? Why is it that Korean food is in general more expensive than Chinese food? Or that French food is almost always pretty upscale? It can’t just be that ingredients may be more expensive. I should be promoting the elevation of Chinese food!

Mimi Cheng's
Anyway, let me get back to Mimi’s. The place is super cute. It always seems to be bright inside. Lots of natural light. They have a good spot.

Mimi Cheng's
I had the boiled Reinvented Classic (six piece for $8), which had a filling of pasture-raised pork, baby bok choy, and cabbage. The classic is usually pork with cabbage. The addition of the baby bok choy was great. More color and an extra bit of crunch. You can taste that the meat is so much higher quality than the usual chinatown dumpling. It was tender yet not full of fat, and did not contain any cartilage bits that you sometimes get with chinatown dumplings… really tasty and light. How dumplings should be! Continue reading Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings (there’s a Thanksgiving dumpling!)

Parker & Otis

        Parker & Otis
112 S Duke St
Durham, NC 27701

Second time in Durham, second time at Parker & Otis.  The place is rustic, charming, and full of fun little trinkets.  It’s a place where you find yourself meandering through the aisles of goodies but end up leaving with nothing.  A bar of chocolate was $7.  Enough said.

The food, on the other hand, is decently priced.  I split two sandwiches and three sides with LAW.  Pictured here is the turkey and Stonewall Kitchen mango chutney sandwich with bacon, lettuce, red onion, mayo, and yellow cheddar on sourdough ($7.99).  The ratios of their sandwiches are not quite my ideal because they give waaaay too much meat for the thin slices of bread that they use.  The turkey was decent though a little dry and the sourdough was also just meh.  The mango chutney, on the other hand, was delicious!  It was sweet, slightly spiced, and added a great kick to the sandwich.  Bacon was crispy and not too fatty, giving the sandwich a little texture.  Though, the best bacon in a sandwich can be found in my last post: Fosters Market. Continue reading Parker & Otis