Phlavz Bar and Grill is located in Liberty Village Market. It may look like your average neighborhood restaurant, but it is anything but that. Open daily with heated patio dining, this black-owned restaurant serves up a variety of spicy dishes. The food here will make your taste buds flip, or as they say, ”Phlavz so good, make you wanna Smack Yo Mamma.”
After weeks of stalking their social media pages and salivating over the pictures, I decided to try a couple of their menu items. While I had plans to dine in, recently updated COVID-19 restrictions forced me to rearrange my plans. Lucky for me, they offer curbside pick up and delivery. As I read their menu options, I became anxious and confused about what to order. I wanted to order everything on the menu, from their Jerk Chicken tips with fries to their Jerk Salmon Burger.
I decided to order the Salmon Rolls (deep-fried crust filled with spinach, covered with lemon pepper and accompanied with a creamy dipping sauce) and Jerk Chicken Tacos (3 tacos with shredded pieces of well-marinated chicken, cilantro, onions, cheese, sour cream, and jerk sauce). I was not disappointed. My order was fresh and timely with plenty of extras share. The Salmon rolls had an amazing, golden, flaky crust. I enjoyed each piece filled with fresh pink salmon and spinach covered with enough lemon pepper to satisfy your soul. Accompanying the rolls was a creamy dipping sauce and topped off with parsley for a perfect presentation.
The Jerk Chicken Tacos were filled with Caribbean goodness. They were spicy enough to get the rush that spicy foods bring, but not so spicy that you can’t taste the flavors. Both entrees satisfied my tastebuds to the max, and there was plenty of food to go around. While the restaurant is located on Maxwell street, they also have a trendy food truck that travels across the city during designated times to give everyone a taste of the islands
While the restaurant has only been around for a short time, it’s making a significant impact on the Chicago food scene and is sure to be around for the long haul. The owners of this establishment are two young black men who had a vision to bring a taste of the islands to the Windy City with a twist of Phlavz for all to enjoy. Supporting black-owned businesses such as Phlavz is vital for their survival.
Many of our favorite restaurants have closed or offer limited services and menu items due to the pandemic. By making necessary changes while taking safety precautions, these businesses can continue to thrive. Take a minute to stop by Phlavz’s, visit their website, check out their menu and support this black-owned business.
Liz Lampkin is a Lifestyle, Love, and Relationships writer. Follow her on social media @Liz_Lampkin