In May 2016 readers Christie, Bob & Annie told me that long-time Isla Vista restaurant The Cantina at 966 Embarcadero Del Mar has a sign up for a Public Notice of Application For Ownership Change. It said that it will be replaced by a Chinese eatery called Dumpling King and the transition was supposed to take about a month. 15 months later reader Steve H. says that Dumpling King has arrived. As I understand it The Cantina had been there for a decades, and before that, it was the home of Grandma Gurdy’s. “You know it’s authentic when there’s 3 Chinese chefs behind the counter who speak mandarin and wrap dumplings in front of you,” says reader Tiffany. The menu includes three types of dumplings: shrimp with pork and chives, beef with celery, and fish. The cost is $9.99 and includes 15 dumplings.