Dumpling lovers have their share of qualms with Luscious Dumplings. The dining room is tiny, the wait can be long and the kitchen has been known to run out of the best items in the middle of the dinner rush. But considering it also has perhaps the finest dumplings in Southern California, those aren't reasons to stay away, they're reasons to get here early. You'd be remiss to skip the fried pork dumplings — a perfect amalgam of the crispy, the gingery and the succulent that always leaves us with cravings for days after. The steamed chive, pork, egg and shrimp version is what the rest of the dumpling competition aspires to. And the value is near impossible to beat. It's hard to think of a better way to spend six bucks than on the 10-dumpling plate. 704 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. (626) 282-8695.

—Nicolas Taborek

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