Cosmopolitan Grill

7770-B Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306


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

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

Cheap Eats 2011: Cosmopolitan Grill

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.