Where does a food blogger go for his birthday? I chose Bohemian Brewery & Grill for dinner. It had to be a place that I had not been too, but that I felt was going to be good food. It also had to be a place that could accommodate large groups, and an atmosphere where I could bring my kids too. I was pleased the find that Bohemian Brewery does just fine with large groups and families. The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious. I’ll definitely be back.
The restaurant itself had a lodge like interior with many German and Czech influenced decor. It was split level with seating above and below with larger dinner tables, and an area in the bar area with smaller tables if you just want a drink and quick bite. They prominently display the brewery through huge window panes on the West side of the building. I enjoyed looking at all the decorations throughout the restaurant. It was all very well themed, some of the pictures were even intricate wood carvings of German and Czech landscapes. For a bar & grill, the place wasn’t as loud as I was expecting either. Our group of 10 was all able to enjoy each other’s company the entire time we were there.
We were provided with a pretty large helping of gourmet butter and sourdough bread before our meal. The bread was a bit too sour for my tastes, but I could tell it was quality. If it was a bit warmer, it would have been perfect. Regardless, if was a nice touch to open our meal.
I also went with some pierogies for our appetizers. Don’t ask me how to pronounce it. Our waitress told me, but I immediately forgot. Pierogies are Eastern pastry pockets filled with cheese, dill seasoned potatoes, and pieces of bacon on top. The best way I can describe it is sort of a German potsticker. I thought they were delicious.
One of our main courses was the Bohemian Chicken Schnitzel. You can also get this in pork. It’s a pretty straight forward dish, much like the Argentinians make milanesa, they give you chicken breast that appears to have been flattened with a mallet, and then fried in a crusty shell. The chicken was thick enough to be juicy and not over-fried. I thought it was about right. The mashed potatoes were nothing to write home about. Veggies were good.
This pasta dish might have been the start of the night. They take chicken, onion, cilantro, and bell pepper, and mix them in a pilsner beer sauce and lay it to rest over a bed of linguini with herbs and cream. It tasted pretty awesome.
Finally I went with the bratwurst plate. It came with some sauerkraut mustard and potatos. Again I’m not going to harp on the quality of the potatoes too much here. I liken potatoes to rice when it comes to a dish. Most of the time your potatoes and rice are in a supporting role like they were on this plate. I enjoyed mixing a bit of potato with my sauerkraut and bratwurst, and then mixing a bit of mustard in there. It felt a little bit like chemistry, each bite had to be prepared just right before being deemed ready for consumption. I was quite fond of the mustard they offered, it went well with the bratwurst. The brats weren’t the best I’ve ever had, but they were still good.
And finally, finally I ordered a side of spaetzle, because it’s just not right to go to a German place and not order it. Spaetzle is basically fried pasta. I didn’t particularly love this version of spaetzle, I personally prefer the stuff downtown at Siegfried’s Deli to Bohemian Brewery, still any spaetzle is good.
I would eat at Bohemian Brewery again for sure. The plates were a touch on the expensive side at $15 to $20 a plate, but the quality and atmosphere made it worth it. I’ve also heard from my office beer drinkers that the selection is quite nice.