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Best Manti

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Cafe Orchid

1746 W. Addison

Manti are spiced meat dumplings with variants in Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Afghan, and Armenian cuisine, but the most delicate version may be the Anatolian, where the rule is the smaller the better. The manti served at Kurt and Iho Serpin’s Turkish restaurant in Lakeview are small (though a source says they used to be even tinier) and painstakingly handmade, stuffed with mild ground lamb and served in a luscious tomato-yogurt sauce that will have you wiping down the bowl with pide, the house-provided bread.

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