421 Spadina, 416-217-2008, mothersdumplings.com
We're sure even Catherine and Zhen Feng are surprised that their dead-cheap downtown dumpling house came out top of the heap when luxe chinois dining rooms like Lai Wah Heen and Crown Princess are the competition. But tell that to the cash-strapped foodies who pack their modest resto round the clock for delicate handmade whole wheat wrappers stuffed with juicy minced pork, lamb shui mai and hand-pulled da lu noodles. And who complains when a bottle of domestic beer is $2.50 Monday to Thursday from 2 till 6 pm?
New Ho King
416 Spadina, 416-595-1881, newho-king.ca