Westmont >Food & Dining > Bohemian Crystal
639 Blackhawk Dr, Westmont, IL | Directions 6055941.811512 -87.967923
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 11am - 8pm;Sun. 11am - 7pm
Above average Czech option – Czech restaurants in Chicago are about as formulaic as McDonalds chains. In each of the dozen or so Czech restaurants scattered in the western suburbs, you've got your mostly elderly clientele, a few Czech waitresses, traditional artwork, and an affordably priced menu that offers all the tradional favorites: breaded pork tenderloin, roast duck, svickova, fried cheese, goulash, and chicken paprika, among others. Bohemian Crystal doesn't offer much too beyond what you'd find elsewhere in terms of choice, but the food quality here is a step above what I've had at many others. The rare downside is that everytime I've had the soup at Bohemian Crystal, it was overcoooked and too salty. You might prefer the salad. Other than that, I loved most of the meat options, and the potato dumplings are the best in Chicago. Vegetarians can choose from options like fried cheese and fruit dumplings, but don't expect too much else. Save room for dessert (included in the bill with coffee), which is often fruit kolacke and strudel.
A disappointing experience at a normally good restaurant – I've been going to Bohemian Crystal since they were in Berwyn. For the first time I was disappointed with the food and service. Everything was just so-so but the mashed potatoes were out of a box and watery. And no liver dumpling soup except on Wed, Sat, and Sun!! That's like no gyros at a Greek restaurant. We were a party of 5 Czechs ; so we have had a lifetime of experience with this type of food. .But don't judge this restaurant only on our most recent visit. It could be that they were having a bad day.
Excellent food! – I always enjoy myself when I go here. The wait staff are very polite. The food is to die for! There is not one item on the menu I have not had. The breaded pork, sauerkraut, and dumplings with gravy is my favorite. The duck is a special treat and it is crispy and moist. The portions are large and the prices are low. Parking and seating can be a challenge when they are busy. Dessert and coffee (save room) is a wonderful way to end the meal. I highly recommend this place.
NO "LOW CARBS" HERE – WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT A RESTAURANT THAT YOU CAN CONSISTENTLY RUN YOUR FINGER DOWN THE MENU AND ANYTHING YOU PICK WILL BE GREAT.! DON'T MISS THE ROAST DUCK AND TENDERLOIN COMBO. I'VE BEEN GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT SINCE THEY WERE IN BERWYN YEARS AGO. NOW THE ONLY GREAT ONE LEFT IN THE BERWYN AREA IS "RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT". IF YOU WANT HOME COOKING AND A SELECTION OF ITEMS NOT FOUND IN UPSCALE RESTAURANTS, THIS IS YOU STOP. PRICES ARE RIDICULOUSLY LOW, CONSIDERING THE QUALITY, QUANTITY, AND CONSISTENCY OF THE FOOD
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