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Good service, plenty of parking, superb dumplings at this suburban Sichuan restaurant

Pork dumplings are among the highlights at Szechuan’s Dumplings.
Pork dumplings are among the highlights at Szechuan’s Dumplings.Credit: Photos by Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

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On a scorching mid-week lunch hour, the dining room at Szechuan’s Dumpling in Arlington Heights is three-quarters full. Among the tables are two couples, a few high schoolers already looking bored with summer vacation, and lots of families, about half of which are Chinese-American. Rambunctious little ones nibble on scallion pancakes and juicy pork dumplings. Their parents slurp thick noodles from a shared steaming hot pot. Service is attentive, restrooms clean, parking a breeze. An accessible, suburban spot like this one, serving consistent food, in a setting even your squeamish, crab-Rangoon loving teenager will abide? That’s a welcome addition to any neighborhood.

What brought us here in the first place are the dumplings: mini soup dumplings, pork soup dumplings, and pan-fried Shandong crescents.

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