I came across this little place because I walked there on my way to school everyday, and kept wanting to peek in. There always seems to be balloons around the entrance, and it looks much smaller from the outside, but oh what big flavor! It is VERY difficult to find solid, quality affordable restaurant food in Quito, and this fits the bill! Most of the restaurants in Quito within Bohemio's price range lack flavor (or salt, for that matter) and quality. I was not disappointed by our first (ok make that first three - and certainly not last) trip(s).
The atmosphere is cool, but not "too cool." I brought my friend and her 65-year-old mother, and she loved it! (Just make sure anyone you take there can handle low stools with no backs.) It's dimmer than the outside, but you can still see your food (a plus for me!). The long narrow structure of the building and paying at the counter located at the back of the house creates an inviting atmosphere to see the passersby, and maybe start a chat about their travels or even plans for the night (seen it done)! I also like that they open at 11am for all of us gringos who are used to an "early" lunchtime.
The cheese burgers are definitely some of the juiciest in quito, served on toasted, sliced bread and come with well-seasoned potato wedges. Their in house mayonnaise is also quality...and slightly addictive. Although for the price I shouldn't be picky, but as a french fry lover I would love to see some more "authentic" ketchup. Also, the more burgers you buy, the cheaper they get! (Just look up on their chalkboard menu!)
For those veggies out there, I have also had the veggie burger. It is made from quinoa (one of my fav kinds of veggie burgers), but I don't remember what other ingredients. I will say I prefer the meat burger as I feel like the veggie burger could use a little more salt and a few more spices, but all in all it was cooked well, and when they run a burger special they always include the veggie as the option, too!
Lastly on the consumption category: the beer! I am so glad they have microbrews! Also very few in Quito. They make their own beer, and there always seems to be two on rotation. I have had the bitter, a hef type, and a red. They are all solid quality beer with really nice flavor, and being from the Northwest United States, it's nice to have a taste of home! I think my fav was the bitter. They are served in what appears to be 22 oz. pilsner glasses and for $4 it may seems steep, but compare that to the $4 you pay for a pint of microbrew elsewhere in the city and you've got yourself a deal - and in my opinion a tastier deal! I do wish they would offer them in a pint option, but since they bottle it up, I guess if you want less you'll have to share with a friend. :)
The owners are very friendly and inviting, and the service is superb! They put a lot of soul into Bohemio, and all I will definitely be back (a few times) before my Ecuadorian adventure ends.
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