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A recent visit to Utah County left me encouraged about the number of new, interesting, independent restaurants down there. --- Among them, in Provo, is a new venture by the owners of Pizzeria 712, called Communal. However, Communal wasn't open for lunch yet, so I strolled across the street to Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar.

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Rooster is owned and operated by Andy and Simi Gartz, the couple also behind Dew restaurant, which is currently undergoing  renovation. On the day I dropped in for lunch, Simi was waiting on tables and both she and Andy were also making fresh dumplings.

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Rooster is a small, modern, rectangular-shaped restaurant that's a natural place for people to mix and mingle with friends. The menu is eclectic, featuring, of course Chinese-style dumplings (AKA potstickers), along with dishes such as the red curry pulled pork sandwich with Asian slaw, chicken and shiitake rice bowl, Hong Kong shrimp wonton noodle soup, and a zippy stir-fried curry noodle and shrimp dish, which I ordered. The curried noodles were excellent, as were both the shrimp, veggie and pork dumplings I sampled.

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Best of all, though, might have been the outrageously decadent dessert called Pok Fu Lam Village French Toast. It's a type of French toast made in the village Simi comes from: rich, thick, eggy, buttery, syrupy goodness. "Not low calorie, I'm guessing," I said to Andy, who replied, "The only concession we made is that we don't deep-fry the toast like they do in Simi's village!"

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Bonus: Along with the good food at Rooster is good music, via Simi and Andy's iPod. I got to hear most of one of my favorite albums during lunch, The New Pornographers' Challengers.

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If you happen to find yourself in Provo, give Rooster a try.

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Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar, 163 N. University Ave, Provo, 801-375-3138

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