Ryland Worrell of Picasso

Worrell is a North Carolinian with a slow, self-assured drawl. He’s 6-foot-3, always impeccably dressed, moves like a trained dancer and has been at Picasso since the very beginning—about 12 years.

But what’s even more impressive is his memory. If you’ve dined here before, he’ll somehow remember your name, and maybe even greet you as an old friend.

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This bustling noodle shop’s gyoza, or hand-made dumplings, take a little extra time, so when you order, the waitress will immediately shout over your shoulder to the kitchen that you’d like some. The gyoza are made in-house daily with pork and vegetables, then pan-fried for a nice crust on the outside. Make your own dipping sauce from the accoutrements in front of you: soy sauce, a little vinegar and a little chili oil or shichimi seven spice. $5, 5030 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 6, 367-4600.