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Bohemian Cafe

1406 South 13th St., Omaha, NE - (402) 342-9838
Posted By Seth Cagin on 8/18/2007 9:23:00 PM
In the culinary wasteland of Nebraska, the Bohemian Cafe is well worth visiting, particularly as it is a short distance off of I-80. The Eastern European food is so old-fashioned that I suspect you would be hard pressed to find anything like it in the Czech Republic, a country that is in a rush to modernize and, well, lighten up. The keyword at the Bohemian, on the other hand, is HEAVY. Nothing green infringed on our plates. If it had, it would no doubt have been buried in thick gravy.

And yet the Bohemian has the virtue of authenticity, and the food, essentially a paean to starch, is pretty irresistable in a down-home, once-in-a-lifetime way. As others have noted, the dumplings and sauerkraut would seem to be the items of most interest here. I would rate the dumplings as "interesting" but the sauerkraut as delicious. A little of the extraordinarily dense dumplings goes a long way, but the servings are huge. The sauerkraut, on the other hand, has an astringency that your meal at the Bohemian sorely requires and more of it would be more.

The bottom line: we passed on dessert. We couldn't resist the sauerbraten and duck and dumplings and sauerkraut, but it really filled us up, more than would be comfortable if it weren't a rare indulgence.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Veal steaks in a rich wine and mushroom sauce is a hearty substantial meal usually enjoyed by those of
"Veal steaks in a rich wine and mushroom sauce is a hearty substantial meal usually enjoyed by those of "peasant stock.""
Dale Fine





This is the normal Wednesday special.
"This is the normal Wednesday special."
Darrin Quillen


Every meal at Bohemian Cafe should start with a traditional bowl of liver dumpling soup.
"Every meal at Bohemian Cafe should start with a traditional bowl of liver dumpling soup."
Cliff Strutz


The Czech goulash features tender chunks of meat in a delicious, dark sauce.
"The Czech goulash features tender chunks of meat in a delicious, dark sauce."
Cliff Strutz


The plum dumplings are baseball-sized and come four to an order.  Although listed as an entree, this is a very sweet dish and should be treated as a dessert.  Expect a full 30-minute wait for the kitchen to make it.
"The plum dumplings are baseball-sized and come four to an order. Although listed as an entree, this is a very sweet dish and should be treated as a dessert. Expect a full 30-minute wait for the kitchen to make it. "
Cliff Strutz


Fork-tender beef is in the middle; on the left is kraut, on the right, slices of dumpling.
"Fork-tender beef is in the middle; on the left is kraut, on the right, slices of dumpling."
Michael Stern


We removed this napkin from the table BEFORE dinner was served.  Vitame Vas means
"We removed this napkin from the table BEFORE dinner was served. Vitame Vas means "we welcome you.""
Michael Stern


The lyrics to the house theme song can be found right on the paper place mat.
"The lyrics to the house theme song can be found right on the paper place mat."
Cliff Strutz


Homey touches are everywhere.  An embroidery with the house motto hangs over the dining room.
"Homey touches are everywhere. An embroidery with the house motto hangs over the dining room."
Cliff Strutz


This is just a small portion of the Jim Beam commemorative decanters which line the hallway.
"This is just a small portion of the Jim Beam commemorative decanters which line the hallway."
Cliff Strutz


You don't have to be
"You don't have to be "Czech" to pay cash or credit."
Dale Fine


Since 1924, the Bohemian Cafe has been Omaha's favorite kraut-and-dumplings destination.
"Since 1924, the Bohemian Cafe has been Omaha's favorite kraut-and-dumplings destination."
Michael Stern


Bohemian Cafe is the place in Omaha for very hearty Czech/Nebraska cuisine.
"Bohemian Cafe is the place in Omaha for very hearty Czech/Nebraska cuisine."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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