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Doozo may mean "welcome" in Japanese, but the Dumpling Diva, Julie Lu, wants the line in this food court to move quickly, so you'd better know what you want and have cash in hand when you get to the front of the line. The line moves fast, as do the delicious dumplings: healthy steamed veggie, chicken or pork, all accompanied with a spicy dipping sauce. One of Lu's secrets is using spinach instead of cabbage in the filling. Since this place offers takeout only, plan to enjoy your dumplings in the food court.
This place is truly amazing. My wife and I eat there on average 2-3 times a week. Our favorite is the vegetable dumplings but the pork and chicken are very good as well. I suspect they are sprinkled with crack as they are extremely addictive.
Julie ( AKA the dumpling Nazi) doesn't take any guff when you're in line and visibly has no tolerance for stragglers. But when you get her on downtime she is actually very pleasant with a fantastic smile . ( Sorry Julie secret is out!)
The dumplings and the spring rolls with peanut sauce are their best items. Deviate from these and the menu goes downhill quick. But hey, you dont go to Red Lobster for their Hamburgers.
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There are many opinions as to what makes Doozo's dumplings so good. "It's the dough," one source says. "The dough is handmade." "Definitely the sauce," says another. "You don't have to bother with the spicy one, because the regular is so good." Really, Doozo has hit on a combination of all good things. The dough is substantial without being chewy, and the sauces -- regular and spicy -- are a welcome change from the create-your-own variety at most dumpling places. The pork version is... More »
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