Buzzy chef Cara Stadler opened this casual-hip dumpling depot as a more relaxed alternative to her much-praised and more formal Tao Yuan restaurant in nearby Brunswick. It’s fun ordering a la carte off the inventive dumpling menu—options like shrimp and bacon, Kung Pao chicken and peanut, and lamb and black bean chili play around with classic formulas for the small, steamed bundles beloved in China and beyond. As befits the hangout vibe of the narrow, sparsely adorned dining room, BaoBao has a great bar, with a really well curated selection of Maine craft beers, a nice sake list, and some bracing house cocktails. Kids welcome.
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BaoBao Dumpling House
133 Spring St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Wed–Thurs 11:30am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11:30am–11pm; Sun 11:30am–9pm. Phone 207/772-8400 Prices Small plates $6–$12 Cuisine Type Asian Fusion Web site BaoBao Dumpling House
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