Austin

Where to Find the Best Dumplings in Austin

Because dumplings make everything better.

Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe
Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe
Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe

What is it about dumplings that makes them so comforting? Is it because their warm filling tastes like walking in your front door from the freezing cold? Or because they’re shaped like pillows? Or just the fact that they’re straight-up delicious? We may never know the real answer but, for those willing to take a crack at the question, we‘ve composed a list of our favorite places to grab those dough-and-filling pieces of perfection-just in time for Lunar New Year on February 12. So, regardless if you end up satisfied with an answer to the inquiry or not, you’ll at least have a satisfied stomach. 

Courtesy of Wu Chow
Courtesy of Wu Chow
Courtesy of Wu Chow

Wu Chow

Downtown
The Shanghai soup dumplings at Wu Chow are so legendary that there was a time when the restaurant limited each table to only being able to order two rounds. While, luckily, that era has since passed, our craving for their delectable, warm little bundles of soup and pork shoulder will never be extinguished. While the soup dumplings might be a stand-out, thats not to say there aren’t also a variety of other flavors Wu Chow has for the dumpling aficionado. Their steamed chicken dumplings, made with chicken thigh, and their Never Everbeef potstickers both hit all the notes of sweet soy and garlic goodness. 
How to order: You can make a reservation to dine-in on their patio or inside online. As well, you can also order online for take-out. 

Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe
Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe
Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Bouldin Creek 
While this mainstay Vietnamese cafe and French bakery might be best known for their flavorful, fulfilling pho or their savory banh mis, true Austinites would never roll by Elizabeth Street Cafes blue-and-pink patio without grabbing an order of their ginger-chili oil dumplings. Marinating in a sauce with just enough spice, these pillows of dough are packed with pork, shrimp, water chestnuts, and herbs-each ingredient achieves the goal of being both distinct, yet seamlessly melded into the overall yumminess of the dish. Wash down each bite with a sip of the mezcal-based hibiscus paloma for a quick, buzzy palate cleanser. 
How to order: You can order online for curbside pick-up, or make a reservation for dine-in online. 

Hai Ky 

East Riverside
Before you even enter the doors of this restaurant, which specializes in Vietnamese cuisine, youll be drooling-you can smell the delicious aroma of spices that they cook with from as far away as the parking lot. If it isnt love at first whiff, it will most definitely be love at first dip when it comes to their variety of dumplings and accompanying, powerhouse sauces. The pork pan-fried dumplings come with a soy-based sauce that will literally have you licking the container for every last drop, while the veggie pan-fried dumplings, which are generously packed to the brim with colorful greens, are brightened by the addition of a ginger and citrus sauce. 
How to order: You can dine-in, or place an order online for pick-up for delivery. 

New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant 

North Lamar
Dont let the Seafood Restaurantin the part of New Fortunes name throw you-while anyone who has ever tasted their Hong Kong-style soft shell crabs knows they can throw down when it comes to shellfish, the bites of heaven that are their Shanghai soup dumplings are a strong argument that their cooking expertise goes far behind whats found in the ocean. New Fortunes Saturday and Sunday Dim Sum Brunch, which is one of the best in the city, provides even more scrumptious options for traditional, Chinese dumplings-including both scallop and shrimp-and-pork Shumai, as well as Har Gow (steamed crystal shrimp dumplings). 
How to order: You can either dine-in, or order online for pick-up.

Courtesy of Fat Dragon
Courtesy of Fat Dragon
Courtesy of Fat Dragon

Fat Dragon 

Barrington Oaks
If there is anyplace in Austin that could be described as a mecca for dumpling super-fans, it would have to be Fat Dragon-the sheer number of dumplings available on their menu (13 varieties!) is enough to give even mystical beasts a bit of food-baby-stomach. Besides some of the traditional offerings (such as pork soup dumplings and shumai), Fat Dragon also provides some unique takes on the dough-and-filling model. Both savory fillings, like the cilantro lamb dumplings, as well as sweet ones, like the coconut milk chocolate soup dumplings, are sure to bring something new to any flavor-palate. 
How to order: Right now, they are only open for take-out, but you can order online for pick-up or for delivery through Uber Eats and DoorDash

Julie’s Noodles 

Wooten 
For those dumpling newbies who are unsure where to begin on their filling-flavor journey, Julies Noodles might be the perfect spot to start. Their popular Dumpling Mix Order gives you a section of their various kinds of surprisingly large dumplings for you to sample and narrow down to a top favorite. With options like pork and chives, pan fried beef and carrot, and chicken pot stickers however, it might just result in a tie for the number one spot-regardless, with such a variety, youll at least feel like a guaranteed winner. 
How to order: Currently, they are closed for dine-in, but you can order online for take-out through their website. 

Courtesy of Lin Asian Bar
Courtesy of Lin Asian Bar
Courtesy of Lin Asian Bar

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

West 6th 
The fresh, local ingredients that Lin uses in its dumplings is evident from even the tiniest nibble-their basil chicken dumpling, our hands-down favorite, has tender and juicy bites of protein accentuated lovingly with a splash of herbs. Lin does have a variety of dumplings available on their day-to-day menu, such as their Shanghai soup dumplings, which carry a sweeter taste than others on this list, as well as a steamed spinach dumpling and the intriguingly named Shanghai jumbo seafood soup dumpling. However, for the most dedicated dumpling fanatics, we recommended their Dim Sum Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays-which carries such a varied and fine selection of these treats that you would be forgiven even if you forgot to order a round of scallion pancakes. 
How to order: Make a reservation online for dine-in, or order through their website for pick-up. 

Asia Cafe

Barrington Oaks
If your extreme use of hot sauce on every item of food you eat has caused looks of confusion and alarm before, the Zhong Dumplings from Asia Cafe may be right up your alley. The restaurant specializes in Sichuan Cuisine-which takes its name both from the Sichuan Province in China (in which the cuisine originated), as well as the fiery Sichuan chili pepper used in many of its dishes. Zhong Dumplings, sometimes referred to as Sichuan Dumplings, pack this pepper alongside pork, soy sauce, and spices for a delicious kick that is sure to leave your mouth with the signature tingly-taste that the Sichuan chili is known for. 
How to order: They are currently open only for take-out-you can place an order by calling 512-331-5788. 

Austin

Get Lucky at These Irish Bars in Austin

Drink a green pint on St Patrick's Day at these Irish bars in Austin.

Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, √Čire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.

Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller

Mueller
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Bouldin Creek
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal √Čire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.

Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s

Jack & Ginger’s

The Domain
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.

Photo courtesy of Foxy's Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub

Foxy’s Proper Pub

Downtown
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.

Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery

Round Rock
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sl√°inte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.

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Molly Moltzen is a Thrillist contributor.

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