Chi-town may be the world capital for deep dish pizza but dumplings from around the world might just be our next culinary trademark. Chicago supplies a mind-blowing selection of dumpling versions and variations, including beet-juice infused varenyky from the Ukraine and whitefish stuffed gyoza from Japan. Inherit Chicago's World Dumpling Fest (coming up October 7) offers up a stellar line up of choices but for foodies who prefer to do their tastings on their own, check out these dumplings and restaurants.
Samosas - Hema's Kitchen, 2439 W. Devon (two Chicago locations)
These delicately fried Indian triangles don't get any better than at the local fave, Hema's Kitchen. Stuffed with a combo of potatoes, peas, cilantro leaves and perfect for dipping in the accompanying tamarind sauce, Hema's samosa's are habit forming.
Sambusas - Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N. Broadway (two Chicago locations)
The Ethiopian version of a dumpling combines a thin pastry shell with a spicy blend of minced meat or vegetables for a taste you will never want to stop stuffing into your mouth. The Ethiopian Diamond is the classic choice for these flavorful morsels.
Pierogies - Pierogi Heaven, 169 N. Wells
Chicago's Polish community is no slouch when it comes to serving up edible delights and nothing comes closer than the pierogi for inspiring serious food fanaticism. These crescent shaped dumplings are a staple for providing a filling and fast snack. Pierogi Heaven creates some of the city's best with the sauerkraut and mushroom version reaching near legendary status.
Empanadas - 5411 Empanadas, 3715 N. Southport (multiple locations)
These Argentine treats are always pillows of savory,baked goodness but 5411 Empanadas takes it to another level with addictive flavors like bacon, dates and goat cheese or ratatouille.
From these dumplings to hot dogs, we've got another 20 things for you to eat in Chicago. And if it's variety that you crave, check out these chef-driven food halls for a dine-around that will leave you stuffed for days!