Last Thursday wasn’t another average Thursday – it was TREAT YO’SELF Thursday! If you’ve been following along with my Good Eats section, you know that every month (sometimes twice a month if we can handle it) my friend and I check out a well-praised restaurant in Chicagoland. I’d say this is becoming a very enjoyable hobby of mine. I wouldn’t call myself a ‘foodie’ quite yet, but I certainly love visiting new restaurants, exploring food options and going all in on the dining experience. Most recently, we went to the Langham Hotel for Afternoon Tea and checked out the awesomeness that was Girl and the Goat. Interested in seeing what other Chicago restaurants on our ‘To-Go’ list? You can visit that in this post.
This past Thursday, we were able to put a ‘czech’ next to BoHo House. This place has basically been right next door to where we work, so it has been under our noses for a long time. I can’t believe we haven’t gone sooner! But, I am SO happy we finally made it. BoHo House was beautifully decorated, had excellent service and even better food. The menu is small, but mighty. BoHo House also has some amazing signature cocktails.
Before BoHo House, we went to Fremont which is adjacent to BoHo House. We enjoyed a glass of wine under the sun. Fremont has a retractable roof, so I’m sure I’ll be back for more after work happy hours when the weather is nice. I love the idea of a retractable roof – it stays cool, you don’t get a sunburn and you still get good views!
Once we finished our wine, it was time to head to BoHo House! I’m glad we made a reservation because there was not an empty seat in the house at 7:30 on a Thursday.
We were quickly seated and started talking cocktails with the waitress. She ended up talking me into the the Infused Fashion, which I had my eye on anyways. I’m not typically a bourbon drinker, but every once in a while an old fashioned really hits the spot. And this one was great! The bourbon was maple syrup infused and the drink had ancho pepper in it. I loved every last sip. My friend got what I deemed the ‘flowery cocktail’ aka Eleanor’s Garden. The menu described it has a rose petal infused gin, honey, lemon and pomegrannate. I had a taste and loved hers, too.
I recently started doing my research on Yelp and other websites to learn what other people thought was best on the menu before I go, so I had a good handle on what we should order. Everyone raved about the Chicken Paprikash and for good reason. I’ll get to that in a second.
For starters, we got the Smoked Trout Dip and the Hungarian Langos. Way different tastes, but in an odd way they complimented each other. The trout was the right amount of smokey and had a huge burst of flavor, spread across thin butter crackers. I couldn’t stop eating it. And those langos. Wow. The fried potato bread came topped with garlic, sour cream, sour dill pickle and aged gouda. Talk about yumminess! It was a very heavy dish, but again, something that I did not want to put down. The appetizers came on cute, vintage plates and while it was dark, I did my best to capture the look of how good these items were.
Then came the Chicken Paprikash. I don’t normally order chicken at restaurants but because I read such good things about it, we had to. The waitress also mentioned that it was their most popular dish. Sold. This half chicken was juicy, hot and packed with spices. The pickled sweet peppers added a nice touch. I can definitely see why it was the favorite. Both of us really enjoyed the chicken from start to finish. They came with Czech potato dumplings too which were tasty, but having had so much potatoes earlier, we weren’t able to finish them. We did polish off that chicken, though!
The meal wasn’t over yet. When we TREAT OURSELVES, we go all in, so we said ‘of course!’ when asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. There was one that really stuck out to us that we could both get on board with. The Paczki is a real winner. The Paczki is a traditional polish doughnut. But this was not your average breakfast doughnut – it was topped with peanut butter mousse/candied peanuts and stuffed with banana Bavarian cream in the inside with a side of double chocolate ice cream. Shwing! Not much can amount to this dessert. It was creamy, delicious and hands down the best doughnut I ever had.
If these dishes were any indication of how the rest of the menu is, I can’t wait to go back. The halibut definitely caught my eye and I can’t wait to give that a try. I give BoHo House a 9.5 out of 10. The atmosphere, the food and the service were all fantastic!
Have you had a great dining experience or treated yourself lately? Feel free to comment below!