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Sep 21, 2004 09:42 PM

Slavic restaurants in Chicago

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Hi all,

My wife and I are visiting Chicago Sept 23-26. Would you please give us some ideas as to location of Slavic (Serbian or Croation) restaurants in Chicago?

Web site searches didn't work out too well but this Message Board seems to be our best chance. Thanks!

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  1. Here's a little Serbian place on the East Side-

    Casino Restaurant
    9706 South Commercial Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60617

    1. I recently saw a Bosnian restaurant around 6000 clark street ... I was zipping past, so I didn't notice the name or the exact address. It's on the west side of the street.

      Anyone know the name and have a review of the food?

      Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but I also noticed a Georgian restaurant on Devon, just west of Argo Georgian Bakery. It's called Tbilisi. Any reviews of this place?



      1. I believe there are 2 small storefronts on North Broadway. Problem is, I can't remember the names accurately. One, I believe, is called Sheher. It's on the east side of the street, and the cross street may be Catalpa, but I'm not certain.

        The other has a completely foreign name, 2 words. It's on the west side of the street. The second word in the name begins with an O. (Big help.)

        Both are somewhere between 5400 and 6000 North Broadway.

        If I have time, I'll see if I can do some research and post back. But if you ride the Broadway bus (#36) with your eyes peeled, you could probably find them.

        3 Replies
        1. re: mrbarolo

          This is cut and pasted from a 2 year old post by a former hound. I know the restaurant is still there, I just can't vouch for the details.

          "I ordered the house special of Che-vup-chi-chi with sour cream, which was served on griddled crisp pita shaped bread with slices of onion, tomato and sour cream on the side. Actually, quite a large portion of sour cream, not quite the epic proportions of SethÂ’s take out polenta sour cream, but quite a bit for one person at lunch.

          The cevapcici were grilled, flavorful and just a touch greasy, in other words, perfect, though I thought they could have used a bit more spice, though I had the spicier Rumanian version fresh in my mind. The cevapcici, and quite a large portion at that, are served in the bread, which soaked up the oil, sandwich like, though I doubt that many eat this as a sandwich. Cevapcici, at least at Bosanski, is knife and fork territory.

          I asked for ajvar, which she happily brought after I wrote it down, my pronunciation being poor enough that she could not understand me, and, while flavorful, this was a very mild version of ajvar. I chatted briefly with a customer who said that, as a general rule, Bosnians do not enjoy spicy, thus the mild ajvar.

          Bosanski has a full range of offerings, roasted lamb, soups, meat and cheese pies, veal dishes and a combo plate or two. Bosanski even has an interesting sounding BBQ chicken liver on pita bread with sauce. Though I should mention that I have never had anything at either iteration of Bosanski other than cevapcici.

          One other thing I should mention, I originally read about cevapcici in a Monica Eng column, in fact, I have gotten many a great (and I do mean great) restaurant tip from M Eng, by far and away my favorite food writer/reviewer in Chicago.


          Bosanski Okusi
          6014 N Broadway
          Chicago, IL 60660
          10-10 7-days a week.
          No liquor, not sure about BYOB, call first.

          Balkan Restaurant
          2321 W Lawrence Ave
          Chicago, IL
          cevapcici/roast lamb

          1. re: mrbarolo

            I believe that Sheher has closed.

            Bosanski is still in business, though.

            Erik M.

            1. re: Erik M.

              Sherer is closed, but another similar eatery has taken it's place. It just recently opened, I can't remember the name. From the looks of it, I wouldn't be surprised if the owners are the same or related. It's at Balmoral and Broadway.

              If anyone goes, make sure to admire the menu(sandwichboard?) stand on the sidewalk. It looks like it's made from plywood found in a scrap pile.

              With the demise of Sherer it looks like the Mexican / Bosnian menu combination may not be as good idea as it first seems.

          2. Simplon Orient Express, at 4520 N. Lincoln, is a short walk south of the Western Avenue Brown Line L stop. The idea is that the menu recreates the old Orient Express as it passed from Paris through to Istanbul, with dishes from each stop along the way, but it's basically a Serbian restaruant, with good cevapcici and raznjici - a bit bare-bones in the decor department, but decent food overall - The Serbian dishes are the best, IMHO.

            If you're in the mood for something from a bit further north, there's an excellent Hungarian restaurant at 5210 W. Diversey, called Paprikash. The pork Porkolt is wonderful - actually anything on the menu is a winner.

            1. Cafe Beograd on Irving Park Road between California and Kedzie (S. side of street) . . . behind a butcher shop also called Beograd. Anyone know of it? I have heard good reports. Thanks