7770-B Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Cuisines: Russian/E. European
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 to 11; Sunday 11 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
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.