A look at Bourbon Cafe / Macedonian food



Straight from their Facebook page!

Straight from their Facebook page!

This one was actually a find by my buddy, as I missed it in my initial search.  If there was such a thing as a dive bar version of a restaurant, this is a good example.  I don’t mean that in a negative way, however -- I got a kick out of the feel for things, and it was really more of what I’d guess a dive bar in Europe looks and feels like.  Interesting decor, some microphones for individual parties, and a big Macedonian flag hanging up.  I missed this place on my initial go-round because there are very few reviews on Yelp and I think it really caters to Eastern European folks.  The menu is bi-lingual, the servers were Eastern European, that sort of thing.  Unlike, say, Beograd Cafe, which caters to both ex-patriots and to Americans, this was more of a specifically ex-patriot type of place.  It was a fun visit -- I just had dinner at a sidewalk table on a great evening and people-watched.

Let’s hit the numbers.

Where is it? 4768 N. Lincoln, in Lincoln Square.  A little sad that I missed this place initially, since it’s in my neighborhood’s back yard.

Is there a website?  No, but there’s a Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/BourbonCafeChicago

A new experience (have folks heard of it and eaten it before?): 2 out of 5

- No way anyone outside of those who have traveled there knows what Macedonian food is.  However it’s in Eastern Europe, and people can probably guess what the food is like.  Hence the 2 out of 5.

What “common” cuisine comes closest? Polish

- Lots of sausage, other meats, onions, tomatoes, good bread.  Pretty Eastern European.  There are some twists but the base is there.

Spicy: 1.5 out of 5

- Nah, not at least with what I had.  Maybe some other dishes might have a bit, but I doubt anything much.

Vegetarian/vegan/gluten-friendly: ? out of 5 (but probably 1 or 2)

- OK, sooooo, there wasn’t a take home menu and I wasn’t specifically given the menu to look at too closely, so I’m a little limited on these next few.  I suspect that most if not all of the dishes are meat based, and they come with breads and stuff too.  Vegetarian/vegan would likely be tough, with gluten-friendly being slightly less tough.

Variety: 3 out of 5

- I do remember there being several options on the menu, though when I went the owner was out of town re-stocking on a bunch of ingredients so my choice that night was limited.  I feel like there were at least 20 or 30 choices on the menu.

How big is the restaurant?  Decently sized and well laid out to fit people.  I counted seats for between 40 and 50 people.

What could Ulysses S. Grant get me?  A few solid meals.  I think my sausage plate and a juice was like 12 bucks, and I was frickin’ stuffed afterward.

What’s up with booze?  

- You can get beer or liquor there, though the beer menu is actually limited.  I think it’s more Eastern European liquors and wines and stuff.

Did I get free stuff?

- No sirree.

Anything else about the place?

- I was the only American at the restaurant, I think, and the only one actively speaking English.  If you like that sort of thing, you’ll get a kick out of the place.

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