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||Contact:|
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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I was so excited to finally try this place out! Phoenix stops serving their Dim Sum menu at 4PM (at least on week days) so we made it in for lunch on a quiet Wednesday afternoon. I was determined to try everything so our spread was a bit excessive! The soup dumplings (xiao long bao) were hands down my favorite but the siu mai and BBQ Pork Buns were a close second.We tried the short rib and it was a bit too fatty for my liking but the flavor was great! The pan fried dumplings were a bit bland but they had a great texture to them. Granted we were in on a VERY quiet Wednesday afternoon, the ambience was a bit lacking. Between harshly bright lighting, and an empty restaurant it just wasn't the best scene.