One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
25 - 50 USD
So much more than a working brewery with a talented kitchen, Band of Bohemia is in fact a truly inspired gastropub that produces its own utterly unique creations both in the glass and on the plate. Located in a repurposed brick building across from the Metra tracks, the look is understandably industrial, with an open layout that unwinds into a series of seating options, inviting bar, and an open kitchen with another small bar set against pretty blue tiles. Curved, high-backed booths lend intimacy to counter the room’s sheer size. Stainless steel tanks displayed in the back hold the culinary-minded handiwork of their head brewer. On tap, expect a handful of rotating beers like the Coconut ESB, a copper-hued ale brewed with toasted fennel, coriander seeds, and coconut sugar. Those rich brews are matched seamlessly to the kitchen's boundless small and large plates, which defy expectations with delicious success. Change is a virtue of the menu, but hits have included fresh pasta tinted green from nettles and tossed with aged goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and charred allium. The banana curry is a wonder of spicy and sweet notes from roasted cauliflower, smoky eggplant, goat's milk caramel, and peanuts.
- Notable cocktail list
- Notable beer list
- Wheelchair accessible