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 2012: Cosmopolitan Grill

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.