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Little Bohemia

540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
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Ranked #5 of 255 restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.
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English first
Williamston, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I always have at least one meal here every time I'm in TC. I brought friends this time and they were equally happy with the food and atmosphere. I highly recommend this place for food, drinks and musc!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Such a lovely restraunt, the food was delicious, the waitstaff was very friendly, the owner came up to visit with us PLUS there was unexpected entertainment that was fabulous, what a little gem!!!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I can 't tell you how surprised I am to see this. I've lived in Traverse City for 14 years and am really into food and eating out. I grew up in an immigrant family and as a kid we never went out to eat so now... I love it. I go everywhere and am pretty picky. I'm a bit... More

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LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Response to Reviewer: First of all we respectfully resent you calling our business a joke. Also your comment regarding the reputation of a Traverse city being a foodie town and that “this place does nothing to add to that” . . . really? We are currently ranked #5 because of the 158 Excellent Reviews we have earned to date based... More

Jupiter
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We have lived in the Traverse City area since 2010 and we've seen the ads for Little Bo's and actually decided to hit it for lunch awhile back only to find on Monday they are closed! Last Thursday we finally got there and it was awesome! Shame on us for waiting so long. The place is the "real deal" -... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Stopped for dinner during a long weekend trip to the area, and the food was excellent in quality, and serving sizes! Just like you would expect if going to dinner at your Grandmother's house. Pleasant staff, they take pride in the atmosphere, food, and service! Great place to visit, not far from the downtown district, and much better quality at... More

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Traverse city
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The food was simply amazing, especially the price! Half the price of the fancy restaurants and WAY better!!!! The staff was friendly and service was quick!! The chocolate lave cake was homemade and hands down the best thing we have ever had!!!!! Try it once and I promise you will keep going there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Love the atmosphere! Lasagna and Gnocci were "to die for"! Best part of our visit was Nancy, our server/ bartender, she sets the bar pretty high!! Could easily make this a local favorite!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and had two awesome sandwiches (the grinder and turkey with cherry walnut sauce). The owner is super friendly and chatty, location has its own parking lot (a bonus in Traverse City) and there is periodically music at nights. While we didn't try dessert we should have- great dessert menu made on site! Definitely a place to... More

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LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased that you liked our two top selling Sammiches and yes, you should get one of our delicious house made desserts next time. We make Cherry Bread Pudding, Apple Crisp, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Butter Frosting, Lava Cake, Tiramisu, Elvis Pound Cake and Bohemian Kolacky. More

Warrington, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had the Bohemian here which is hand pulled shredded pork, sauerkraut and sweet apples with black bread. It is quite simply the best meal I've had in America. Try it, it's so different and everything is from original recipes and is hand made.

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LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Wow, what a fantastic review and praise of our Bohemian Dinner, thank you so very much. We remember you; you were here yesterday afternoon (07/18/2014), you were the lovely couple from England. We hope that you will visit again when you are in Traverse City. PS, we love your accent! More

Traverse City, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Bohamie is my new favorite sandwich at Little Bohemia! When you walk in the door, Nancy and the girls will greet you with a big smile. Great music.

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