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Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post

Coffeeshop by day, comfort food by night, Bistro Bohem feels like a warm blanket — which, incidentally, they’ll provide for you if you want to sit out on the patio on a chilly evening.

The Czech-influenced menu will fill you up with cold-weather European comfort foods, like goulash, schnitzel and a rotating selection of pierogi filled with ham or kale, maybe, but always smothered in a decadent cheese sauce. While most of the menu is rib-sticking fare, you can eat lighter with salads and grilled sandwiches.

In daylight, the restaurant’s adjoining Kafe Bohem serves up Kaiser Melange espresso and apple pastries; after dark, Bohem’s bar slings Czech beers, Austrian wines and mixed drinks perfumed with cinnamon-hinted Becherovka Czech bitters. Within the small restaurant’s softly lit, Art Nouveau-accented walls, guests will want to lean in close. Even without the blanket, it’s not hard to get cozy.

– Maura Judkis