Cheap Eats 2009: Cosmopolitan Grill
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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Cosmopolitan Grill
Address: 7770-B Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone: 703-360-3660
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Russian/E. European
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 to 11; Sunday 11 to 9.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Cevapcici (garlicky sausages with homemade bread); Bosnia Burger; grilled whole trout; krempita (a pastry layered with panna-cotta-like cream); chocolate-mousse cake.

Why go: Ivan Svalina serves the only Bosnian cooking in the area. But novelty isn’t the best reason to pay his homey storefront a visit. Svalina portions as generously as a grandmother, and his cooking is as detailed as it is loving—from making his own breads and soups to marinating his burger in red-onion juice, a tenderizer. His wife supplies the cakes and pastries, and they’re the equal of a good European bakery’s.

What to get: Garlicky sausages called cevapcici flanked by hot rounds of house-made bread; Bosnia Burger, a large, thin grilled patty dolloped with sour cream; whole trout grilled and blitzed with garlic and lemon juice; krempita, a variation on a napoleon, with light pastry sandwiching a pana-cotta-like cream; Austrian-style chocolate cake flavored with orange zest and filled with a cream of chocolate and ground walnuts.

Best for: Anyone longing for good European ethnic cooking.

Insider tip: In some restaurants, “specials” often aren’t. Svalina takes the term seriously—his soups in particular are worth going off menu for.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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