Cheap Eats 2012: Cosmopolitan Grill
Cevapcici sandwich at Cosmopolitan Grill. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

It may be billed as Balkan and German, but the cuisine at this homey Euro-style place comes by way of Bosnia, from which owners Ivica and Amela Svalina hail.

Try the ćevapčići—stubby beef sausages—solo or tucked into a round of the soft, crusty bread that’s baked daily. Ajvar, a smoky relish of red pepper, eggplant, and garlic, adds a fiery zip, while sour cream counters the heat. Call a day in advance and you can place an order for a half dozen or more borek, made with hand-rolled phyllo dough and such fillings as feta or spinach.

On the German side, there are veal dishes including a nicely breaded Wiener schnitzel and jaeger schnitzel blanketed with mushroom-cream sauce.

Also good: Grilled whole trout with lemon and garlic; Bosnian burger marinated in red-onion juice; kempika, pastry layered with a panna-cotta-like cream; Turkish coffee made the traditional way, in a long-handled copper carafe over a fire.

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