Cheap Eats 2015: Cosmopolitan Grill

Where we go for a great Balkan-style burger.


At Cosmopolitan Grill, a traditional Balkan beef sausage is served with kajmak cheese on a house-made roll. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Cosmopolitan Grill


7770 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22306

This is the kind of restaurant you think Washington simply doesn’t do—though you could well imagine it in a small town in the Midwest: The setting is homey and unpretentious, the staff warm and gracious, the cooking an assertion of the manifold pleasures to be had in humble food prepared with love and care.

What makes the place even more anomalous is that the bill of fare constitutes an authentic tour of the Balkans, from the robust, pinky-size sausages called cevapcici to the wide, juicy, sour-cream-dolloped burger (the secret to its tenderness: it’s marinated in onion juice) to the selection of good, crisp whites and sinuous, earthy reds from Bosnia and Croatia. Desserts are made in-house daily, and you’ll leave the poorer for skipping out on the krempita, a custard-filled pastry, or the crepes rolled with delicate rose-hip jam.

Cuisine: Bosnian/German

Where you can get it: 7770 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria; 703-360-3660

Also good: Goulash soup; Wiener schnitzel; baklava.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.