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Bohemian Cafe

1406 South 13th St., Omaha, NE - (402) 342-9838
Posted By Jim Dudlicek on 8/8/2008 4:32:00 PM
As someone of Czech stock who grew up on thick, brown food, I was anxious to visit the Bohemian Cafe. I discovered it during research for a business trip to Omaha. The decor was lively and the service outstanding, but I must say the food was a disappointment. It was not up to par with the delights I grew up eating at the many fine Czech eateries in the Chicago area.

Despite the descriptions of other reviewers, my duck was not crispy at all; in fact, the skin was barely palatable. While the meat itself was tender and tasty, the bird came drenched in a thick, brown gravy, atop a bed of dressing; quite unnecessary, considering dumplings were the side dish. The dumplings likewise came drenched in gravy (different than the one on the duck, this with off-putting sweet spice notes that I guessed came from nutmeg), and they were served on a common plate with the sauerkraut, which I found to be much too tart. The dumplings were amply proportioned but just not quite right; they lacked the consistency and chewiness of those found in Chicago's Czech enclaves. Gravy really should be served on the side, allowing the diner to control its flow.

The liver dumpling soup was good, the kolacky tasty and the Pilsner Urquell cold and frosty. But overall, my visit to the Bohemian Cafe was quite a letdown.

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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


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


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"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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