Best Dumplings - 2002
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.