Phoenix Restaurant

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Phoenix Restaurant
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Phoenix Restaurant

Nine-to-fivers will have to skip work to avoid the crowds at this dim sum stalwart, but it’s worth it to bypass the weekend frenzy. What’s the fuss? Hangover cures in the form of fried or steamed dough stuffed with savory, sometimes spicy pork. The classic bao are proper pillowy buns, Malay steamed cake is soft and spongy, deep-fried red bean dumplings are sweet and greasy (this is not a bad thing), and crêpes are characteristically silky wraps for shrimp, beef or greens—try the pan-fried version of both for a bit of crispness. Save room for interesting options like tender baby octopus with a slight curry flavor and crispy eggplant stuffed with steamed squid.

Venue name: Phoenix Restaurant
Address: 2131 S Archer Ave
Cross street: between Wentworth Ave and Cermak Rd
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dim sum served Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat, Sun 8am–10pm)
Transport: El stop: Red to Cermak/Chinatown. Bus: 21, 24, 62H.
Price: Average main course: $15
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