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“forgetful waitress” 2 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 #31 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Pub
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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.
Royal Oak, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“forgetful waitress”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Checked out T.A. for a good restaurant to go to in Traverse City for our anniversary. Decided on Little Bohemia because of the perch on the menu It's a nice place--lots of wood. We mentioned it was our anniversary and the waitress said they would throw in dessert. I ordered the perch lunch which was good but a little mushy. My husband ordered the turkey sandwich with cherry mayonnaise, and asked for the mayonnaise on the side. It came with it on the sandwich and the waitress apologized for forgetting to ask for it on the side. Then she asked if we wanted dessert. She forgot all about throwing in dessert for us. We decided not to mention it. She was friendly, but pretty forgetful, which was disappointing, but we didn't hold it against her (we tipped her well!).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Windsor, Canada
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“Best Meal.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

My boyfriend and I visited Traverse City from Canada. We were looking for a place to eat that wasn't a chain and that we couldn't get at home, we found the restaurant through the tripadvisor website. The reviews did not lie this place was amazing and the best meal we had all week. We had the calamari appetizer, the olive burger, a lil bo burger with beer cheese, and shared the cherry bread pudding for dessert. Our bill was around $40. We will definitely be coming back here on all our trips back to TC!!

  • Visited August 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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Presque Isle, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Hostess was very accommodating to our group of 10. Enjoyed the celtic music on Tuesday night. Next time I anticipate bringing my guitar and joining in ! Food came swiftly and was tasty.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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“Good Home Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The menu is diverse and something for vegetarians. Recommend the eggplant sandwich. Service is a little slow.

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“"Hometown Feel"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stopped in here for dinner, they had live entertainment, staff was very friendly and attentive. The "Olive burger" is to die for!
Will be returning on our next visit.

Visited October 2012
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