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Bosanski Okusi (Review)

G Wiv | Sep 25, 200206:56 PM

With the flavorful mitte still fresh in my mind from Monday nights Chowhound dinner at Continental Café I decided to try the new location of Bosanski Okusi. I quite enjoyed the cevapcici at Bosanski when they were located on Lincoln, but had not been to the new location on Broadway as of yet. I mentioned Bosanski on Broadway a few months ago in reference to a cevapcici post by Harry V, it turns out that Harry had stopped in with his girlfriend and found Bosanski less than welcoming.

Harry, I am happy to report that Bosanski has since exchanged couches for tables and chairs, lounging bohemian Bosnians for an attentive waitress and there wasn’t one cigarette in evidence during my lunch. Moreover, the cevapcici was as delicious as I remembered.

I ordered the house special of Che-vup-chi-chi with sour cream, which was served on griddled crisp pita shaped bread with slices of onion, tomato and sour cream on the side. Actually, quite a large portion of sour cream, not quite the epic proportions of Seth’s take out polenta sour cream, but quite a bit for one person at lunch.

The cevapcici were grilled, flavorful and just a touch greasy, in other words, perfect, though I thought they could have used a bit more spice, though I had the spicier Rumanian version fresh in my mind. The cevapcici, and quite a large portion at that, are served in the bread, which soaked up the oil, sandwich like, though I doubt that many eat this as a sandwich. Cevapcici, at least at Bosanski, is knife and fork territory.

I asked for ajvar, which she happily brought after I wrote it down, my pronunciation being poor enough that she could not understand me, and, while flavorful, this was a very mild version of ajvar. I chatted briefly with a customer who said that, as a general rule, Bosnians do not enjoy spicy, thus the mild ajvar.

Bosanski has a full range of offerings, roasted lamb, soups, meat and cheese pies, veal dishes and a combo plate or two. Bosanski even has an interesting sounding BBQ chicken liver on pita bread with sauce. Though I should mention that I have never had anything at either iteration of Bosanski other than cevapcici.

One other thing I should mention, I originally read about cevapcici in a Monica Eng column, in fact, I have gotten many a great (and I do mean great) restaurant tip from M Eng, by far and away my favorite food writer/reviewer in Chicago.


Bosanski Okusi
6014 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
10-10 7-days a week.
No liquor, not sure about BYOB, call first.

Balkan Restaurant
2321 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
cevapcici/roast lamb

Simplon Orient Express
4520 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60625
Full service restaurant.

Lalich Delicatessen
208 W Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL
Deli with some fresh meats, not restaurant, sells cevapcici

Joe's Sausage Market
4452 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
773- 478-5443
Excellent all around sausage shop, sells cevapcici


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