Monday, April 27

Bohemian House Launches Brunch

Although it's been open less than a year, River North's Bohemian House, or BoHo (which I've also visited for dinner) continues to buzz and has recently launched a weekend brunch menu. We all know there are so many Chicago brunch options to choose from, but BoHo is certainly worth considering. Executive Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos and his team created a brunch menu with a twist on traditional European fare. As with the dinner menu, brunch features influences from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Austria. I stopped by for a preview so I could give the the scoop on what to order!

Let's start with what to drink. BoHo brunch beverages include a custom Bow Truss Coffee blend with notes of plum, fig, bourbon, and cocoa, as well as boozy drinks. I was a huge fan of the roast. The signature morning drink is "The Pick Me Up," a spiked iced Bow Truss coffee cocktail with rye whiskey, maple and fernet cream. Trust me, this drink packs a punch. Other options include the "Pulaski Smash" with whiskey, lemon, passion fruit, green bell pepper, and mint, classic mimosas, and more.

Bow Truss Coffee
Bow Truss Coffee 
Pulaski Smash
Pulaski Smash
The Pick Me Up
The Pick Me Up
Mimosa
Mimosa
When it comes to brunch food options, there's no shortage of variety.  If it's sweet you're looking for, there are Bavarian Apple Pancakes with apples, cider, pecans, farmer's cheese, and powdered sugar. These aren't your typical fluffy flapjacks, they are more crepe-like and were one of my favorite dishes we tried.

Bavarian Apple Pancakes
Bavarian Apple Pancakes
There are some lighter options including grilled asparagus with a poached egg, radish, gem lettuce, mustard vinaigrette, and crispy chicken skin, as well as lox & toast. The lox and toast is served on hearty bread with a soft boiled egg, cucumber, cream cheese, salmon roe and dill. I loved the salty roe and fresh cucumber and dill.

Grilled Asparagus
Grilled Asparagus
Lox & Toast
Lox & Toast
If you're up for something heartier, try the smoked beef tongue with poached egg, mustard hollandaise, and sweet & sour cabbage, or the as-big-as-your-head open face pork schnitzel sandwich topped with horseradish cream, sauerkraut, ementaler cheese, and a fried egg. The schnitzel sandwich was a favorite of our table. It was almost too pretty to eat! There's also skirt steak & eggs with mushroom and pepper spatzle, sweet onions and aged gouda. 

Smoked Beef Tongue Hash
Smoked Beef Tongue Hash
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
Skirt Steak and Eggs
Skirt Steak and Eggs
Don't forget about enjoying fresh pastries with your coffee or for dessert! BoHo offers several options including their signature apricot kolacky (which I included in my top 14 of 2014), almond poppyseed cake, a chocolate-cinnamon scone, and doughnut holes with bavarian creme and raspberry jam. You know I love desserts and all of these were fantastic. Seriously, you can't go wrong!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake
Chocolate Cinnamon Scone
Chocolate Cinnamon Scone
Doughnuts
Doughnuts
BoHo is open daily for dinner beginning at 5pm, and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins also are welcome.

Note: my meal at BoHo was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Bohemian House (BoHo)
www.bohochicago.com
11 W. Illinois
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0439
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