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“Awesome” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Little Bohemia

Little Bohemia
540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
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Ranked #2 of 13 Dessert in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

The food was great and the cocktails were bomb!!! The staff was great! The owner mad me a great frozen adult milkshake

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Disappointing, don't go”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I didn't care for this place. The Eggplant appetizer was hard, not fully cooked and bland. The pork dinner speciality was so-so. Not busy on a Sat nite said it all. Overpriced gnocchi appetizer. Every item on the burger was charged 25-60 cents. Wow.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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LilBoPubandGrille, Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for your feedback.

We're sorry to read about your dislike of your food selections. When we ask our guests, "How is everything?" we hope that they will express any dislike or any problem such as undercooked food, not hot enough food, etc. at that time. Once you have left our restaurant unhappy without telling us, you have taken away our opportunity to fix it and make you happy.

We do a very good dinner business every Saturday. The night of the 20th, a local brewery that had been shut down for nearly five months had their Grand Re-Opening Party. From photos posted, the 35,000 square foot building was packed. We are certain that many of our regular customers were in attendance.

We serve Hand Pattied Fresh Ground Chuck Burgers. Our pricing, including the extra charges for the toppings, are priced lower than many other restaurants in the area and they charge up to $1.99 more for fries; our burgers come with fries.

Once again, we are sorry you did not have a good experience with us and we encourage you to return to give us a second chance.

Sincerely,
Little Bohemia
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“Excellent and friendly! Local flavor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Best olive burger ever! Nancy is a super friendly owner. LOVE this place. Recommend it whole heartedly.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Naples, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Like Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

When you visit this restaurant, you're treated like family, at least this is true when you go there for lunch. Our "lunch bunch" has returned to Little "Bo" several times and particularly enjoy the hamburgers and cherry bread pudding!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Me and my husband went there for dinner orders beer cheese dip witch was good. A little disappointed because it was cold and I was expecting it to be hot. We both orders burger witch were delicious. Great food for the price.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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