After my very firstvisit to Mexico back in 2017, I caught the travel bug for that beautiful country. As you may remember, the experience I had in Riviera Maya was absolutely amazing; however, it was limited in the sense that it was just a tiny taste of Mexican culture, as seen through a luxurious all-inclusive resort... but it was definitely enough to pique my interest. That first taste of Mexico set me down the path to a return trip in 2018 in which I ended up discovering my love for the gorgeous city of Morelia, a place that quickly earned a spot on my list of favorite cities in the world!
Located in the central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico, the capital city of Morelia is one of the oldest and most culturally rich areas in the country (as well as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site). Founded in 1541, the city was originally a result of Spanish invasion/colonialism, but it eventually grew into one of the most important centers of knowledge as the birthplace of the Mexican independence movement. These days, Morelia is renowned as a city of significant history, art, distinctive architecture... and just as importantly, amazing food! Thanks to the intermixing of northern and southern cuisines, the city is home to some of the most diverse food in all of Mexico. One of the best places to get a taste of everything from Michoacán’s traditional cuisine to the inventive flavors and techniques being used in modern Mexican cooking is the annual Morelia en Boca festival.
For those of you familiar with Chicago Gourmet, the concept of Morelia en Boca is similar: the festival brings together food and wine lovers for three days of samples, lectures, seminars, and cooking demos held in the Centro Cultural Clavijero (The House of Culture) in the heart of Morelia's historical center. The lovely part about MEB is that it not only celebrates the popular chefs and merchants that make up the modern culinary scene in Mexico, it also pays tribute to the customs surrounding traditional home cooks, street food, and markets, especially in terms of understanding how these practices traditions are an integral part of history, as well as daily life.
Through demonstrations of cooking methods and tastings (the best part!), attendees are able to experience both traditional foods consumed by many generations, as well as avant-garde cuisine from renowned chefs. As much as Ashley and I enjoyed all aspects of the festival, we especially loved meeting the array of traditional cooks who represent the different regions of the state and hearing their stories of the dishes that had been passed down from generation to generation.
Chef Daniel Aguilar of Chango (one of the best restaurants in Morelia!) helping us learn the traditional art of blue corn tortillas.
Along with plenty of food, MEB also includes a diverse and vast selection of wines, beers, and locally produced mezcals and tequila. I had always thought that I didn't like mezcal, but between a visit to the fantastic Tata Mezcaleria and many (many, many!) tastings at MEB, I realized it was that I just wasn't drinking the right mezcal, as they greatly differ depending on age, type of plant, and flavoring.
Morelia en Boca is really a special festival, as more than any others I've been to, it really strives to acknowledge and celebrate all aspects of the culinary arts. Whether you're looking for an extended vacation or just a quick weekend getaway for some really fantastic food, Morelia absolutely should be on your radar! This year's festival takes place May 17-19, so there is definitely still time to plan a visit (especially considering you can get relatively inexpensive direct flights from Chicago via Volaris).
Disclosure: I received a complimentary trip and services to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.
I spent most of my free time during my senior year of college (oh so many years ago) exploring everything that Madison, WI had to offer. I went to a small school about an hour outside of the city and while I got a fantastic education and really loved so many things about the environment, it wasn't exactly the epicenter of culture. Comparatively, Madison had a funky vibe and the diversity I craved - I loved it so much that I thought I might even move there post-college. While I ultimately ended up in Chicago, as it was a better fit personally and professionally, Madison is still one of those places that hold a special place in my heart.
All these years later, I still try to visit Madison at least once a year: fall trips involve hours spent outdoors leisurely perusing every stand at the most amazing farmers market, summer and spring visits focus on exploring all of the newest restaurants and shops, and winter weekend visits are spent decompressing at boutique hotels complete with plenty of roaring fireplaces, stunning lake views, and decadent comfort food options. Recently, at the end of a particularly stressful stretch at work for both of us, Mario and I packed our warmest sweaters and headed up to Madison for one of those long winter weekends that involve no plans other than relaxing; as we discovered during this trip, hands down, The Edgewater is absolutely the best place in the city to do just so. After spending years hotel-hopping, I am 100% a convert to this fantastic spot and honestly cannot see myself choosing to anywhere else again!
After spending the most of the afternoon bopping around the downtown area with no major plans other than to nosh our way through the lunch menu at one my favorite Madison restaurants, Mario and I finally checked into The Edgewater to get down to the serious business of relaxing and eating. Before making our way to dinner at The Statehouse, we spent a little time exploring the property (we had to work off that lunch in order to make room for the next meal!) and hanging out on the plaza by the ice rink. While the hotel hosts a variety of events and activities on the plaza throughout the year, I have to say that I can’t imagine it being any prettier than during the winter with the twinkly lights around the ice rink and the sunset over Lake Mendota!
Post-walk and warmup session by the fire, we headed down to The Statehouse, their signature restaurant and one of the five dining options at the hotel. Of course, we had to kick off our meal with the unofficial Wisconsin state cocktail, the Brandy Old Fashioned (my favorite version!).
Venison Carpaccio: juniper and pink peppercorn loin seared rare and topped with apple-cranberry relish. As a born and raised Midwesterner, I am quite familiar with venison; however, I have to say that it's not usually my favorite, as it tend to be a bit too gamey. This version totally blew me away! It was such a perfect combination of sweet, tart, and meaty. I honestly expected to push the dish over to Mario's side of the table after a bite or two, but we actually ended up fighting over the last few pieces.
Quinoa and Kale Salad with butternut squash, apple, Marcona almonds, dried cherries, shaved sheep's milk cheese, and cider vinaigrette. This was another dish that took me by surprise, as I'm not usually overly impressed with kale salads (I went on a kale binge for a few years and totally burnt out on it), but everything really worked so perfectly together. Mario declared it to be the best salad he'd ever had... we both enjoyed it so much that we even ordered it again as part of our room service dinner the next evening!
Bacon Wrapped Scallops with sweet potato puree and a petite herb salad. While Mario went the traditional steak and potatoes route, I chose the winter-appropriate scallops and sweet potatoes, which ended up being a fantastic decision. As I've mentioned before, anyone who knows me knows it's more likely than not that if I see scallops on a menu, I will order them. Needless to say, I've eaten a lot of scallops in my life and I've gotten to the point in which I am super picky about the quality and preparation. The scallops were beautifully done and the flavors reminded me of what I love about fall/winter vegetables.
Even though we were stuffed, we couldn't leave without sampling the highly recommended Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet. I mean, how can you go wrong with this deliciousness?!
As we discovered the next morning, one of the best parts of waking up at The Edgewater was the phenomenal view of Lake Mendota from our bed! Even though the hotel is within walking distance of the downtown area, the stunning views make it feel like you’re completely removed from the city. To me, this is really what sets it apart from some of the other boutique hotels in the area.
After a leisurely morning in our room (it was so cozy and pretty!), we finally headed back down to The Statehouse for breakfast. We kicked off our meal with this Lobster Benedict, which was absolutely stuffed with buttery lobster meat.
We also tackled the hearty and delicious Breakfast Sandwich with egg, sausage, and grilled tomatoes on a Stella's Cheese Bread bun. If you've never had this local speciality bread with pockets of cheese throughout, you are absolutely missing out!
As our goal for the weekend was to relax (and eat, obviously!), Mario headed up to the room for a post-breakfast nap while I took a quick walk along the lake and then set out to find the coziest spots on the property. After grabbing some coffee, I settled into into one of their comfy chairs with a good book and sunlight streaming down on my face (it was so cozy I almost forgot the temps were plunging to below zero!). Eventually, I made my way back to my favorite fireplace for a little more reading and a lot of people watching. It’s rare than when I go somewhere I just sit back and relax, but you can’t help but do so at the Edgewater. It’s so comfy and chill - and everyone is so friendly!
Our only set plan for the day involved attending a special late afternoon Holiday Tea Service at The Statehouse. As you all know by now, I'm huge fan of tea service and I was so excited to introduce Mario to one of my favorite rituals. Although it was freezing outside, the restaurant was warm and comfy with the same beautiful views of the lake as we had from our room. We even saw a massive bald eagle swoop by and settle into a nearby tree. It really couldn't have been a more perfect winter setting!
Every good celebratory tea service begins with glasses of bubbly!
The tea service included over ten options from Wisconsin-based Rishi Tea, ranging from classic flavors to several wintery favorites. We ended up sampling four of their teas and both agreed the refreshing and light Strawberry Tusli white tea with hints of strawberries, rosehips, and basil was the clear favorite.
Of course, you can't have afternoon tea service without a tray of assorted sandwiches and treats. Mario's favorite was the House-Smoked Salmon with crème fraiche and asparagus, while I fell hard for the Golden Beet sandwiches with chèvre and tomato jam.
The sweets included a variety of macarons, almond financiers, fruit tartlets, and currant scones with clotted cream (I'm a sucker for anything served with clotted cream!). It was such a wonderful service and I'm so glad Mario got to experience it with me; at the end of our weekend, he proclaimed it to be one of the highlights of the trip!
The next morning we said goodbye to our lovely lake view and ordered room service from The Statehouse before hitting the road. The Smoked Salmon Plate with bagel chips, eggs, onions, tomatoes, and capers was the perfect way to transition back into the real world after such an indulgent weekend.
There are so many things I love about Madison and The Edgewater is most definitely near the top of the list! If you're looking for a hotel that offers a welcoming space, extremely comfortable beds, a full menu of spa services, stunning lake views, and delicious food options, then you absolutely should consider The Edgewater for your next stay: 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary trip and services to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.
Over the last few years, Ashley, Gigi, and I have bonded over our love of the holiday season. Not only are we all hardcore proponents of anything sparkly, twinkly, or girly, we also love to go all out for our celebrations (so really, it should come as no surprise that this time of year speaks to our glitter and festivities-loving souls!). When we sat down back in October to make our holiday plans, we knew we wanted to do something extra special this year, both to celebrate a few incredible changes (including Gigi's long-awaited heart transplant) and to soothe our souls after some devasting losses and unexpected life changes. As soon as Gigi and I mentioned that we had never done the Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula, Ashley knew that it was time to introduce us to one of her all-time favorite traditions.
While The Peninsula offers a gorgeous afternoon tea service year-round, they really take it to another level during the holidays. Along with the soaring two-story tree in the middle of the dining room and the bird's-eye view of the ice rink above Michigan Ave., there's also a string quartet and strolling carolers to get you in the festive mood. On top of the opulent setting, there's the lavish tea service that kicks off with a champagne toast and includes tiers and tiers of perfectly done sandwiches, scones, and special pastries. As Ashley mentioned, the decorations, service, and bites at The Peninsula are unparalleled!
Just look at this swoon-worthy tree!
How cute are the Peninsula-themed ornaments?!
The Holiday Afternoon Tea menu includes a variety of options from the full service (which we selected) to smaller trays.
We firmly believe every good celebration begins with glasses of bubbly!
The tea service includes over twenty options, ranging from classic, traditional flavors to specialty teas only offered during the holidays. Based on our server's recommendation, I selected the Chai Imperial, a fragrant blend of cardamom, ginger, and pink pepper. I also sampled the Festive, a robust tea with notes of cocoa, orange, and grape.
The tea service tray includes a variety of sandwiches (the Cucumber Sandwich with allspice spread & radish and the Catsmo Smoked Salmon with cinnamon cream cheese & trout caviar were my favorites) and sweets. While you may think of tea service food of being dainty/not filling, trust me when I say that you will leave absolutely stuffed, thanks to the endless and hearty sandwiches!
The full-service tray also includes a basket of Traditional and Cranberry Orange Scones served with clotted cream, raspberry jam, lemon curd, and seasonal spiced apple jam.
The whole experience is so lovely and it's absolutely my new favorite tea service in Chicago. Whether for an afternoon with girlfriends, a work outing, family time, or a romantic date, I highly recommend adding an afternoon at The Peninsula to next year's holiday plans! I cannot wait to do it all over again!
If you ask anyone in Chicago for steakhouse recommendations, it's guaranteed Gibsons will dominate the list. It's one of those rare Chicago spots that has been around forever (almost 30 years, which is forever in the world of restaurants) and is loved by locals, tourists, and celebrities alike. Not only is it an institution in Chicago, it's also the epitome of what you expect when you think of a classic steakhouse: celebrity photos lining the walls, dark old-fashioned ambiance, Sinatra pumping through the speakers, and giant slabs of meat and martinis everywhere you look.
While Gibsons embodies the old school steakhouse vibe, its new sibling spot, Gibsons Italia is the epitome of modern elegance. The three-level steakhouse is a bright and chic space complete with a retractable roof and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the Chicago River and skyline. Along with the departure from the old-fashioned (i.e. 1980s) ambiance, Gibsons Italia has an Italian theme - in addition to top-notch steaks, the menu features antipasti, pastas, and classic Italian entrées. While I definitely can appreciate the original Gibsons for what it is, its gorgeous sister restaurant has stolen my heart and quickly become one of my favorite places to spend a leisurely afternoon thanks to its beautiful setting and fantastic food.
Mario and I stopped by for the first time a few months ago; as it was still a little too chilly sit comfortably on the patio, we snagged one of the tables right next to the giant windows that offer perfect city views.
We kicked off our lunch with a round of cocktails: I chose the seasonal Perfect Pear cocktail with Absolut Elyx, St. George spiced pear, and Vandermill dry cider...
... while Mario stuck to the classics side of the menu: Old-Fashioned made with Old Forester.
Iceberg and Gorgonzola DOP with Sweet 100 Tomatoes, crispy pancetta, and walnuts. I typically skip right over iceberg-based salads for more exciting appetizers, but I had to give this modern wedge salad a try after several of my friends highly recommended it. I have to admit that it was a damn good salad, thanks to the contrast in textures and the pairing of the crisp lettuce with the creamy dressing, the sweet and acidic pop from the tomatoes, and the smokiness from the pancetta.
We paired our salad with an order of Alaskan King Crab. This was served with the top half of the shell and tendon removed, making it easier to get at that beautiful sweet meat!
We also split a bowl of King Crab Bisque (I can never resist a good bowl of bisque!). This rich and creamy bisque was served witha generous amount of crabmeat, which added just the right touch of sweetness.
For our entrées, our server recommended ordering several pasta dishes from the Italian side of the menu and pairing them with a steak. The pasta is housemade (made fresh daily), using a gold extruder and Italian heritage organic stone-ground Senatore Cappelli flour; most of the pasta offerings lean toward the classic end with dishes such as spaghettini al pomodoro, fusilli with Neapolitan beef, and linguine with clams and chili.
Linguine with Clams in pinot blanco sauce: while there's nothing new about linguine with clams, the quality of the pasta most definitely makes a difference. This light and flavorful dish was so perfectly done that it has since become one of our favorite summertime lunch orders!
Speaking of favorites, this beautifully done Cacio e Pepe topped with shaved white truffles stole my heart (and stomach!). While this pasta is amongst the most basic dishes, it is absolutely incredible when done right - the addition of the intoxicating and powerfully tasty truffles takes this dish to a new level of deliciousness!
So perfectly done!
For our steak, we chose to go with the Japanese Kobe (A5 Sirloin) from the Hyōgo Prefecture. While there are always questions about the authenticity of Kobe in the United States, Gibsons is one of the few places in Chicago in which you can actually trust that what you're being served is actually Kobe.
This rich and tender beef was so buttery and amazing! If you've never tried Kobe before, it is definitely worth ordering at least the 4oz minimum - it's a flavor experience that cannot be replicated.
Finally, we ended our meal with the Torta al Cioccolato: chocolate cake with cremeux, winter citrus, chocolate vincotto, and cocoa nibs. Any time I'm with Mario, it's guaranteed we will order the most decadent and chocolatey dessert on the menu (he is a chocolate fiend!). This is one of those desserts that will catch you by surprise, as you'll first only taste the deep chocolate; then suddenly, the slight bitterness from the citrus will take over.
We also sampled the light and perfectly seasonal Mousse di Castagne withcaramelized white chocolate, poached pears, cranberries, and walnut crumble.
Needless to say, I loved my meal at Gibsons Italia - in fact, I loved it so much that I went back twice within the following month! Thanks to the delicious bites, impeccable service, and gorgeous city views, Gibsons Italia is an absolute must-visit for city-dwellers and visitors alike.
You can try all of this deliciousness and more at Gibsons Italia: 233 N. Canal, Chicago, IL.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.
As I'm sure you've all figured out by now, I am a total nerd... I have a serious love for the written word, I'm thoroughly obsessed with The Crown, I count down to Ren Faire every summer, and my vacations always involve leisurely days wandering through museums. So, it should come as no surprise that a trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament has long been on my must-visit list. A dinner show filled with dashing knights, majestic horses, epic battles, and a feast prepared by the Queen's royal chefs? Sign this nerdy girl up for a trip back to the age of chivalry!
While it seems as though practically everyone I know has childhood memories of a visit to a castle, my trip out to the Schaumburg a few weeks ago was my first time stepping into the pageantry of the 11th-century royal court. Yes, it's true that a visit to one of the ten castles is often touted as a perfect activity for kids, but let me just say that it's just as fun as an adult (perhaps even more so, as you're able to partake in ye olde massive vodka slushies!). Pro tip: take someone with you who's not afraid to wear a paper crown, cheer with abandon for their favorite knight, and lose themselves in the moment (Jess was that perfect nerd-rrific partner for me). It's true you'll find tons of young kids at the show, but you'll also find plenty of child-free adults - there was even a bachelorette party (complete with a loaded party bus) on the night we visited.
As recommended, Jess and I arrived approximately an hour before our showtime. After making our way through the check-in process (which was extremely organized!), we found ourselves in the Hall of Arms, a giant catch-all spaced filled with shopping opportunities, full-service bars, and a museum of torture. We also the chance to observe the master falconer and his birds of prey up close (so cool!) and watch the knighting ceremony performed by the newly-installed Queen.
While it was mostly kids who participated in the knighting ceremony, there were a few adults who took part (most of the child-free adults were busy picking out their favorite drinking vessels at the bar!).
Once we were ushered into the theater, we were seated in the Red & Yellow Knight's section (assigned at check-in). We were upgraded to the Queen's Royalty section, which guarantees first or second-row seating in the center section, along with a commemorative group photo, lanyard, and cheering banner. Here's the question everyone asks: is the upgrade worth it? In my opinion, it is worth it if you're with a group that's really into the show and wants to be super close to the action. Realistically, there are no terrible seats in the theater, but it's definitely a fun treat to be so close. There were a few families in the front section (mostly kids celebrating birthdays), but the majority was the child-free adult crowd.
As soon as we were settled, we got down to the important business of choosing our favorite Medieval specialty drinks.
Of course, we both chose the commemorative blue goblets, as fitting for any member of the Queen's court!
Right before the Queen's welcome, the servers (serfs and wenches) brought out the first course: Dragon's Blood Soup (aka tomato bisque). In case you don't already know: everyone is served the same set menu and there are no utensils. Everything is super finger-friendly though (or slurp friendly), so eating with your hands just adds to the fun!
This year is the first featuring Queen Dona Maria Isabella in the lead. In the old show's plot, the King's knights had to fight off a challenger from another realm; in the newly debuted script, Queen Isabella has taken over for her late father and proceeds over a tournament to find the best knight in the land - there's even some drama involving a knight that challenges her authority as a woman. This is the first time since the show's inception in 1983 that a woman has taken the helm; not only has this change provided a much-needed new role model girls but it has also reinvigorated the show.
After the Queen's welcome, we were treated to the pre-tournament entertainment featuring a variety of skills games, jousting, the Flight of the Royal Falcon, and my favorite, the horse dressage. I swear the louder the crowd cheered, the higher this horse jumped!
During the exhibition, the servers brought out the main course: garlic bread, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, and herb-basted potatoes. I have to admit that I didn't have super high hopes for the food (it's all about the show!), but it was all surprisingly good. Please excuse the terrible quality photo, as I took it in the dark... I promise it tastes better than it looks!
Finally, it was time to cheer on our individual knights. And yes, they were all adorned with beautiful hair!
The Red & Yellow Knight charmed our section with carnations and blown kisses. One little girl was particularly charmed by him and practically swooned when he tossed her his first flower.
The big battle began when dinner was winding down to allow us to really focus on the show. Once the Knights advance, the netting drops, and everyone gets down to some serious jousting business. This is the point in which you definitely want to be with someone who gets into it, as it's so much fun to cheer for your knight!
There were all sorts of cool armor and weapons, including battle axes, halberds, and flails. Jess and I, along with the couples around us, got super into it as the horses galloped and the knights smashed their opponents' weapons (sparks! clanging! cheering! drama!). There was a point in which I found myself with chicken in one hand and cheering banner in the other while the woman next to me screamed "KILL HIM! KILL HIM" at top volume.
Near the end of the battle, the servers brought out lemon pound cake for thefinal course.
The Red & Yellow Knight prevailed! Yay!
Needless to say, we had such a fab time at Medieval Times! Everyone was super friendly and talented and they do a fantastic job at making sure the entire dinner/show runs smoothly. It's definitely an experience kids and adults alike can enjoy (especially if you're of the super nerdy variety like me!).
You can take a trip back to the land of knights, jousting, and Queen Isabella at Medieval Times: 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL (additional locations can be found on their website). Make sure you do a little research online, as there are always discounted tickets available!
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.
While my family is mostly Swedish and Italian, I grew up in an area with large Polish and Czech populations and through many festivals (this was always a favorite!), restaurants, and visits to my friends' houses for family dinners, I developed an appreciation for bohemian cuisine at an early age. Along with my grandmother's hearty pasta dishes and my mother's perfectly made apple pies, the flavors of Central Europe have long featured prominently on my list of delicious comfort foods.
It should come as no surprise that I was thrilled when Bohemian House (affectionately referred to as BoHo) opened its doors in River North a few years ago. Drawing its primary influences from Czech, Polish, Austrian, and Hungarian cuisines, BoHo offers a culinary tour through Central Europe with a modern, seasonal twist. The team strives to maintain the traditional flavor profiles while also utilizing what's in season in the Midwest. The result is a unique and highly lauded restaurant serving up some of the best food in town... including over 30,000 pierogis in their first year alone!
The interior is super cozy and detailed; while it's only a few years old, the space feels very old world European.
Their gorgeous artwork makes my Mucha-loving heart happy!
Smoking Mirrors: gin, Génépi, tawny, applewood smoke, and lemon. Along with traditional European brews, BoHo also has an innovative cocktail program with a host of house-infused spirits. One of my favorites is this smokey and herbal cocktail with hints of lemon.
Smoked Trout Toast: crisp whole grain toast topped with a creamy mixture of smoked trout, cucumber Mizeria salad, quail egg, and trout roe. Available only for brunch, this super flavorful and texturally interesting toasts I've had in ages.
Grilled BoHo Bacon with dark lager syrup, raisins, and pumpernickel breadcrumbs on a rutabaga purée. This isn't your typical crispy strip of bacon, but rather a juicy, thick, and tender hunk of pork belly. The rutabaga purée perfectly balances the sweetness from the syrup and the meat is melt-in-your-mouth perfection!
Hungarian Langos with garlic sour cream, aged gouda, and dill. This ridiculously addictive crispy fried bread is a childhood favorite and BoHo gets it so, so right. It's lightly fried (no greasiness!) and super flavorful - I easily could demolish a plate of it all on my own!
Zurek Soup: rustic Polish soup with kielbasa, leeks, potatoes, and eggs. If you like the flavor of rye bread, this delicious and hearty soup is an absolute must! It's slightly lighter than the traditional version, as it's less bready, however, it still makes a perfect stick-to-your-ribs meal on a cold day. BoHo's version is one of my all-time favorite soups.
Knackwurst Sausage with whipped hen eggs, cinnamon bread pudding, and macerated strawberries. I'll be the first to admit that this is a bit of a strange combination, but somehow, it all works, thanks to the perfectly balanced sweet/savory component.
Open-Faced Schnitzel Sandwich: fried duck egg, horseradish cream, sauerkraut, Emmentaler, and rye toast. Along with the langos, the schnitzel sandwich is the other dish I most associate with my childhood - it's one of my ultimate comfort foods! The pork cutlet is battered and fried to perfection and the runny egg is a great addition, as it helps to keep it from drying out. I particularly like that BoHo's version is open-faced, as it's already an incredibly rich dish.
Look at that giant cutlet and perfect layers!
If you're looking for an innovative and approachable take on bohemian cuisine (or really just want some fab flavorful comfort food) in a super homey environment, BoHo should definitely be on your list!
You can try all of this deliciousness and more at Bohemian House: 11 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL. ETA: This restaurant has closed.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.