Cheap Eats 2011: Cosmopolitan Grill
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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 Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Closed Monday.
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:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene:
Outdoor Seating

As soon as we saw something on the menu that needed to be ordered a day in advance, we wanted to know more. And after the server told us that those cheese, meat, or spinach boreks are made with hand-stretched phyllo dough, we wanted to come back.

In the meantime, there's plenty to enjoy on this Balkan menu, which is heavy on meal-size salads and schnitzels. The trout salad is a grill-charred slab of whole fish simply dressed with chopped garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Jaeger schnitzel, which can be heard getting a good pounding in the kitchen after ordering, is a thin cut of veal topped with a homey mushroom-cream sauce and served with a mound of sautéed vegetables such as carrots and zucchini. Ask for plenty of house-made bread to sop up the juices from the cevapcici, hand-formed oblong sausages that resemble onion-spiked meatballs. If you still have room, an espresso and the chocolate-walnut-orange cake make for a nice European ending.

Also good: Bosnia Burger; house-made bread with sour-cream/yogurt/feta dip.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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