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 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
Outdoor Seating
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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