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Cevap in DC area?

Anyone know of any (preferably good, authentic) Cevap in the DC area?

For the uninitiated, it's ground meat and spices, formed into links, from the Balkans (esp Serbia/Bosnia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%86ev...

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  1. Cosmopolitan Grill in South Alexandria. I have not been.

    http://www.restaurant-cosmopolitan.co...

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    Cosmopolitan Grill
    7770 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306

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    1. re: Steve

      Cosmo, as Steve notes, has them, as does Balkan Grill (right across from the Huntington Metro Station). The former is a sit-down place, while the latter is carry-out with a few seats. Both are good, and authentic.

      http://www.balkangrill.us/

      (The menu on the website is their old one; they've expanded the offerings w/ more Turkish items now.

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      Balkan Grill
      5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

    2. They also have this at this new loungey place in Adams Morgan, Slaviya. Surely not as good as these other options, but perhaps a more convenient location for some.

      1. Cosmopolitan is the place and is worth a trip. The bread that it comes on is great too. If you call a day ahead they may be able to have bureks available for you also, as they no longer carry them regularly.

        Meat on the Market on Mt. Vernon Avenue has also had it the times I've been, but you will have to grill it.

        1. I've tried Cosmopolitan and can state with certainty that they are authentic, and you will like them. Their home-made lepinje that goes with them makes me swooooon. Their burek is good, too (though Bosnian-style rolled, I like the layered Macedonian/Serbian style more, it's chewier).

          It's a hike from DC, though. Haven't tried Slaviya, though it's on my list.

          It's been two years since I've had Cosmpolitan's cevapi. Please comment if you do go and let us know how the quality has held up.

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          1. re: venera

            Had the Ćevapčići about a month ago. Just as tasty as always. The bread alone is worth the drive.

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            Cosmopolitan Grill
            7770 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306

            1. re: venera

              Was last at Cosmo close to a year ago (I live within walking distance of Balkan Grill, so I get my fix there), but it was good then, and from all reports is still good now.

              What's the Serbian-style burek? Is that the one that's like a pie more than a roll? Balkan Grill does carry burek regularly; they have the Bosnian-style rolls, and Turkish-style cigar burek, but I don't think they have the pie-style ones.

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              Balkan Grill
              5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

              1. re: sweth

                This is a picture of Cosmopolitan's bureks. They used to have them all the time, but now by order only.

                http://tylercowensethnicdiningguide.c...

                1. re: justaddwater

                  @justaddwater: those are the Bosnian style ones.

                  FYI, those pics are actually from the original Cosmo Bakery in Huntington. I believe Ivica opened up Cosmo Grill further down Rte 1 a few years, and Enes renamed the Huntington location to Balkan Grill; about a year ago, I believe, Enes sold Balkan grill, and the new owners added some more Turkish items to the menu. I've got a copy of their new menu lying around somewhere; I'll try to scan it and post it.

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                  Balkan Grill
                  5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

                  1. re: sweth

                    The last time I was at that location it was a market only without cook to order food. Some of the cured meats in the fridge were worthwhile. Good to know they have bureks regularly, I'll stop by when I'm around.

                    FYI the current Cosmo guy told me a friend of his (maybe the Balkan Grill guy?) was going to open a "Euro" style restaurant at the old Kyoto Restaurant location. They have had a sign up for a while now, but it refuses to open. As I was told this about 4 months ago, maybe that isn't going to happen. I intend on going as soon as it opens to check it out.

                    UPDATE: Well, what do you know, it just opened:

                    http://bellehaven.patch.com/articles/...

                    I'm going to check it out this weekend.

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                    Balkan Grill
                    5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

                    1. re: justaddwater

                      Note that Balkan Grill is separate from Euro Market, which is next door, although the two are connected by an internal doorway; it's the former that has cook-to-order food as well as pre-baked things like burek. (They also have bulk raw cevapi, if the OP is interested in that: $60 for 100.)

                      I think the lady who runs Balkan now said Enes (the guy who used to run Balkan) left the area, so I don't think he's responsible for the Euro Bistro. As it happens, I had a guest over today who was craving burek; had we known Euro Bistro was finally open, we would have gone there to check it out, but we ended up going to Balkan Grill instead, so I can now attest that their doner kebab isn't bad at all.

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                      Balkan Grill
                      5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

                      1. re: sweth

                        I did try the Euro Bistro cevap. Though very generous, the Cosmopolitan one remains the best around. Cosmo's bread a bit softer and fresher w/ char grill marks on the meat. Fine, just not great. Did come with a dollop of ajvar and kajmak.

                        There isn't a great deal of unique Bosnian here, one dish Pljeskavica, I've not seen elsewhere, schnitzel, some meat entrees, pasta. I do have their takeout menu, will post when I figure how.

                        1. re: justaddwater

                          I loved the Pljeskavica, but it is so big and my wife is a vegetarian, that I can't justify ordering one for myself.

                2. re: sweth

                  Hey Sweth,

                  Here's a photo of type of burek I *adore*.

                  This website ( http://www.djerdan.com/ ) also has photos of the flat burek, listed as "burek pie." I used to go to their store in NYC to get my burek fix, but it appears that they now will mail you frozen ones! (weeping with joy, getting ready to order a bunch

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                  The difference is all in the dough. The burek "pie" that you find in Serbia and Macedonia has a dough that is a lot tougher and chewier than the Bosnian-style, rolled burek. It also tends to be greasier than the Bosnian burek. The latter has a dough that is more like phyllo, so it's softer and flakier. I grew up on uber-chewy burek, and that's just what I love.

                  Thanks for asking the question -- it led me to find out that I can order burek online!!!

                   
                  1. re: venera

                    Ah. Yeah, unfortunately, I haven't seen anywhere in the DC area that has the pie-style burek.