When your cutest Nashvillian friend comes to visit Chicago, you’ve got to impress her with an amazing brunch. And impress her I did at Bohemian House in River North. Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos has made quite the name for himself with his unique central European fare, not something you can easily find in Chicago.
The colorful, cozy space has a very Anthropologie vibe. When you enter the darkly lit restaurant, you’re greeted with a luxe seating area filled with colorful velvet couches alongside floor to ceiling windows. The tables throughout vary in size, and are lit by Moroccan-style pendants. The most notable piece of art in the restaurant is a gorgeous dining table hung on the wall as art, adorned with colorful antique place settings.
My friend and I were excited to start brunching in this beautiful space. Bohemian House launched its brunch menu a few months back, and I’ve been dying to try it ever since I had dinner here. Similar to the dinner menu flavors, brunch consists of European-inspired items like Bavarian pancakes and homemade sausages. We decided brunch cocktails were the best place to start.
While my friend ordered a classic chardonnay, I went with the mimosa flight, which was a hard choice given their large brunch cocktail selection. I expected the flight to be three mini mimosas, but much to my surprise I received three regular size mimosas, and for only $15! The fresh strawberry, blood orange, and peach fruit juices were a nice change from OJ. I really enjoyed these–maybe a little too much.
The lox & toast stood out to both of us immediately. I conceded and let Caitlin order it, but she’s a great friend and let me try half. On a large piece of whole grain toast sat a generous portion of lox, a cold soft boiled egg, strips of crispy cucumber, and sprigs of fresh dill—so fresh, and oh so good.
Still craving fish after the lox & toast debate, I ordered the smoked trout scramble. Also adorned with fresh dill, the smoked trout was mixed in with eggs, sour cream, and earthy mushrooms. With only a few ingredients, this scramble was bursting with flavor. I’d come back and order this again in second. My only complaint was that the two huge slices of homemade bread didn’t come with butter or jam.
A few mimosas later, we decided to celebrate both of our recent engagements with a shared plate of doughnuts. These warm fried doughnut holes were smothered in vanilla sugar and laid atop a plate full of Bavarian creme. On the side was an orange jam, but neither of us touched it because the doughnuts already had so much flavor. Needless to say, they were gone before you can say “mimosa flight” and we left happy and full.
The Bitches Say: A. Fabulous brunch cocktails, a unique menu, and a gorgeous space lands Bohemian House on our must-brunch list.
11 W Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Bohemian House serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.