Where & Wear: Din Tai Fung
Whenever I come back home to LA, I always have a bucket list of restaurants I go to, and the one I always go to with my high school friends is Din Tai Fung. Dtf? takes on a whole new meaning in my dictionary. Originally started in Taipei, Din Tai Fung has restaurants all over the world. In the United States, there are eight Din Tai Fungs: 6 in Los Angeles and 2 in Seattle. Awarded a Michelin star for their Hong Kong branch, Din Tai Fung attracts their customers with their signature xiao long bao, soup dumplings.
On busy afternoons and nights, the average waiting time can climb up to 1 hr and 30 min. However, it's worth the wait as the food comes out fairly quickly and the portions, deceptively small to the eye, are actually quite generous. If you end up going, here are some of my personal recommendations.
Din Tai Fungs around the world each have their own interior design. However, they'e mostly known for their clean, modern settings. Perfect for instagram-worthy shots, I'd recommend any cute, casual look for your meal out. A skater dress or jeans with a cute top works great with their down-to-earth yet sleek atmosphere.