Best Place to Pretend You're in a Prague Square - 2002
Are you nostalgic for the bone-chilling mists wafting around Charles Bridge in fairy-tale Prague, the land of Kafka and Havel? Pining for a Pilsner Urquell, downed in a watering hole in Josefov, the Old Jewish Quarter? Hungry for those ubiquitous Czech dumplings? Four-year-old Cafe Prague, on the border of North Beach and Jackson Square, does its best to satisfy your cravings for home sweet Eastern European home. Expats swear by the atmosphere, which, says Prague native Alena Kucera, who co-owns the cafe with her husband, Mirek, captures the spirit if not the actual décor of Prague eateries. The place is cozy, romantic "bohemian artsy," with its French Provençal tablecloths, rattan furniture, and posters of art deco pinup girls by hometown hero Alfons Mucha. Czech specialties include the omnipresent roast pork with cabbage and dumplings, as well as goulash, sauerbraten, and strawberry dumplings. The kitchen also offers 11 fresh soups each day -- organic broccoli and tomato, plus favorites such as chicken breast, porcini mushroom, and the shrimp bisque, available only on Friday. Wash it down with Czech brews such as Budvar, Staropramen, and Lobkowicz.