You might not expect to find the best of anything in University Village, but one trip to this eatery and you’ll learn good things can come in odd packages. If you try only one dish here, it must be the soup dumplings, made by wrapping a dumpling skin around a frozen cube of soup and then cooking it, liquefying the cube. The result, upon first bite, is a warm splash in your mouth of savory broth. Along with the U. Village location, diners can also find a Din Tai Fung in Bellevue and Pacific Place. Various locations, dintaifungusa.com
First runner-up: Jade Garden
Second runner-up: Harbor City
Honorable mention: Sun Ya, Chuh Minh
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