Bohemian House, a boho-chic River North eatery helmed by chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, offers a menu of rich, deeply flavored Eastern European fare in a setting that, like the offerings, is both sophisticated and distinctly Old World.
“The ideal meal begins with a Bohemian Bee, a simple but potent cocktail that melds gin, honey, lemon, and sage into something wonderful that primes your tongue for the ingenious bone marrow topped with finely minced steak tartare. It’s a combination so rich and satisfying you will keep dipping butter-slathered sourdough toast into the bone long after the marrow’s gone, in hopes of finding something. The Czechs love their ducks, and Boho’s deliciously caramelized bird, marinated with plums and served with charred kohlrabi, might be Papadopoulos’s finest hour. You could finish with coffee and doughnuts, but where else can you get handmade caramelized-plum kolacky—light pastries that fall somewhere between a hamantasch and a Pop Tart—with powdered sugar and burgundy plums?” – Chicago Magazine
“[Chef] Papadopoulos offers a "grilled chicken paprikash," which is a rather delicious contradiction in terms. It's not at all a paprikash, but it is a deboned half-bird, grilled and pan-roasted, and seasoned with enough hot paprika to give the chicken a pleasant spice level. It emerges golden-brown and moist, sitting in a pan sauce with a couple of grenade-sized potato dumplings; pickled sweet peppers supply acidic relief. It might be my favorite entree, though I also admire the note-perfect pork schnitzel, with dill potatoes, onions and bacon; and the wonderfully light spaetzle, coated with melted aged Gouda and tossed with braised beef tongue and corn niblets” – Chicago Tribune
“Everybody in town has a beet dish these days, but few chefs roast their beets, puree them and whip them with creme fraiche to create a velvety, sweet and tangy burgundy-colored sauce that acts as a dip for expertly roasted candy-striped whole beets garnished with wood-smoked walnuts and drizzled with sticky, tangy molasses and caraway vinaigrette ($9). The garden-like like composition of the plate plus the contrast of crispy and soft as well as smoky and sweet makes this the kind of dish you'd find at one of the high-end prix-fixe places in town.” – RedEye
“We want to be a refuge from the busy-ness of the city – a place where people can come in, kick back and enjoy some amazing food and great hospitality. What we want people to leave with is a Bohemian state of mind.” – Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos
The eclectic décor exudes warmth, elegance, and Old World charm. Brick walls, tables made from 100-year old reclaimed wood, and exposed rafters mix seamlessly with golden chandeliers and tufted turquois banquettes. Old World artifacts abound, but nowhere as uniquely presented as in a wall-mounted tableau of 14 vintage place settings – china, glassware, flatware and candles – prominently displayed on the back wall.
11 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654