Craving some hearty and satisfying Czech-style cuisine, but nowhere near the Czech Republic? Fear not … here are five authentic and cozy restaurants in America where you can try the best Czech-style food and drink …
Although there are millions of people of Czech descent in the United States, Czech restaurants are not particularly common. We’re not sure why, because the cuisine is one of the most satisfying and delicious you’ll ever find on a table.
Pork, beef, meatballs and homemade desserts are key elements of a Czech-style dinner. Meat is prepared in a variety of ways, from hearty stews and soups to baked or breaded. In various heritage communities across the United States, you will find a few gems, waiting for you to pass.
In no particular order, here is a list of five of our favorites:
Milan restaurant: Brooklyn, New York
Milan doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside, you are transported to central Europe. The comfortable and traditional décor goes well with carefully prepared meals.
You can also buy authentic packaged goods from Slovakia and the Czech Republic here, including bottled beer, soft drinks, and groceries.
Our favorites here? Cabbage soup with smoked meat, roast pork with sauerkraut and meatballs, all washed down with one of the four Czech beers on the menu.
Bohemian Coffee: Omaha, Nebraska
Just a mile south of the Old Market district in downtown Omaha is Cafe Bohemia. This cozy restaurant has been serving authentic cuisine since the 1920s, at very reasonable prices. You won’t come home hungry, that’s for sure!
Café Bohemia is a great place to try swieckova, a sauerbraten-style dish usually served with meatballs or potato pancakes. But if you are not sure, don’t worry. The friendly and experienced waitresses will guide you in the right direction.
Klas Restaurant: Cicero, Illinois
The largest Czech restaurant in the United States, Klas, has been welcoming diners since 1922. It is only open Thursday through Sunday. The large interior room is decorated with original antiques and a variety of treasures straight from the Czech Republic.
We like to come here for lunch. Lunches are served Bohemian style, with soup, salad bar, entree, two sides, and dessert. Cicero is a near west suburb of Chicago, about 20 minutes from downtown.
Moldau Restaurant: Brookfield, Illinois
A staple in the thriving Czech community of Chicago’s western suburbs, this is another gem of comfort food. It is located on Ogden Avenue, about 10 minutes west of Klas Restaurant.
Moldau is a quaint little place that does bustling business on Sundays. Come here for the roast duck and the homemade desserts.
Czech-tex restaurant: Snook, Texas
Like Chicago, south central Texas also has a large community of Czech heritage. The small town of Snook, about ten miles from College Station, features Czech-Tex, a kind of old-world barbecue and joint combination that served traditional dishes to your heart’s content.
Every day, you will find the chicken and dumpling special on the menu. Roast beef, grilled pork chops, and smoked ribs are other favorites.
Are you still hungry? If so, head to one of these authentic Czech-style restaurants to enjoy traditional Central European-style food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.