Boka serves creative, contemporary American food using seasonal Midwestern ingredients in an elegant but non-formal setting. There are different dining sections, a bar area, and a cozy back patio open during good weather. The cocktail and wine program is strong and they have citrus or herbal house made sodas. The sound level is conducive to conversation with adequate lighting and the restrooms are located downstairs.

A notable dish is the duck entree (for two) that comes with an array of sides of the duck used in different ways. There is a seasonal tasting menu if you wish to let the kitchen build your meal. The dessert menu has special beverages, cheese and desserts ranging from savory to sweet.

Boka

Smoked eel, black garlic aioli, nori chip (Amuse)
Smoked eel, black garlic aioli, nori chip (Amuse)
House-made breads and butter
House-made breads and butter

Starters

Roasted Sweetbreads, chestnut, kohlrabi, roasted pork broth ($18)
Roasted Sweetbreads, chestnut, kohlrabi, roasted pork broth ($18)
Roasted Sweetbreads, chestnut, kohlrabi, roasted pork broth ($18)
Roasted Sweetbreads, chestnut, kohlrabi, roasted pork broth ($18)
Roasted Spanish Octopus, fennel, persimmon, nori ($17)g
Roasted Spanish Octopus, fennel, persimmon, nori ($17)g
Dry Aged Beef Tartare, beet, pumpernickel, cured egg yolk ($18)
Dry Aged Beef Tartare, beet, pumpernickel, cured egg yolk ($18)
Ricotta Gnudi, butternut squash, cabbage, bone marrow ($15)
Ricotta Gnudi, butternut squash, cabbage, bone marrow ($15)

Entrees

Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib, turnips, prunes, black garlic ($28)
Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib, turnips, prunes, black garlic ($28)
Charcoal Grilled Beets, buckwheat, sheep’s milk yogurt, licorice ($23)
Charcoal Grilled Beets, buckwheat, sheep’s milk yogurt, licorice ($23)
Roasted Lamb Loin & Belly, grapes, olives, swiss chard ($38)
Roasted Lamb Loin & Belly, grapes, olives, swiss chard ($38)

Whole Roasted Dry Aged Duck

Duck presentation
Duck presentation
Duck Foie Gras Sausage, fig
Duck Foie Gras Sausage, fig
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Whole Roasted Dry Aged Duck. Foie gras sausage, fig. Confit duck leg. Delicata squash, brown butter, hazelnuts, raisin ($90)

Desserts

Click on the photo below to hear the song that played in my head when I ate this dessert.

Seemingly strange dessert until I tried it. This is the song that played in my head while I ate it. Black Sesame & Bittersweet Chocolate, grapefruit, aperol, pistachio ($11)

Black Sesame & Bittersweet Chocolate, grapefruit, aperol, pistachio ($11)

Sweet 16
Sweet 16
Hazelnut and Coffee • Whole milk ice cream, praline, toasted milk ($11)
Hazelnut and Coffee • Whole milk ice cream, praline, toasted milk ($11)
Truffles, Toffee, Nougat (Mignardises)g
Truffles, Toffee, Nougat (Mignardises)

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Boka | 1729 N Halsted, Chicago IL | 312 337 6070

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