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Best Dumplings St. Louis 2002 - Café Lavash

You may not know it, but the former Soviet republic of Georgia is famous for its cuisine, and Café Lavash should be famous for its version of dumplings. Chef/owner Edward Kiknadze's plump offerings are flat-out terrific. Each is a blast of flavor, stuffed plump and tight, seams pinched prettily together and covered with plenty of fresh parsley. Kiknadze has a pleasantly heavy hand with the pepper grinder, and the dish is mildly spicy. You get five of them stuffed with ground beef for $10, which is normally a bit steep for an order of dumplings, but if you order some fresh-baked lavash (a flatbread that tastes kind of like a good sourdough pizza crust) on the side, you'll be full and ready to take a nap.
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