The Dumpling Lady
Taylor Guerin Wilkens
We were new in town, there for the weekend for a concert, and happened upon Optimist Hall. So glad we did -- it's an amazing food collective with some delicious options. The dumplings were the breakaway star though, and I could have eaten 100 of them. We didn't plan our stay too well though, and because it was NYE when I went back to The Dumpling Lady to get more dumplings and try some of her noodles, it was already too late and they were closed. But I would have ordered two of everything they had if I could've. It is great food to have for leftovers. We don't go to Chalotte often, but I will be dreaming of those dumplings swimming in delicious chili oil until we go back :)
I ordered the vegan pan fried dumplings and I must say I was expecting way more flavor, it wasnt really giving at all and I didnt really have a pleasant experience. For one they gave my order to somebody else by accident and I had to wait, no compensation for my time or anything. The lady taking my order seemed like she didnt want to be there, I didnt enjoy the customer service at all and the dumplings werent good enough for me to come back here. I wont be returning.
Very tasty dumplings. Decent amount served as well. I wish I knew these were fried but the flavor was great. Would love to go back and try more. Duke energy employees are the luckiest that they have all these options right in their own building.
The Dumpling lady is located inside Optimist food hall and serves Dumplings, noodles and some other items. I tried the chicken and shrimp dumpling as well as the pork option. Both were great! The chili oil dipping sauce that accompanies the dumplings was great. Service was great, the food was ready rather quickly. Slight warning if you want to eat a particular item on the menu, I visiting around the restaurants closing time so the selection of available dumplings was small.
Ordered the chengdu style dumplings from here since it was listed as a crowd favorite on the menu. The dumplings were very, very tasty. Flavor was a little like a chili powder based flavor. We all sampled them and everyone enjoyed them. Would love to come back and try other dumpling options the next time as well.