Balkan Grill and the attached Euro Foods market serve up a taste of the Balkans just steps away from Huntington Metro Station at the southern terminus of the Yellow Line. Balkan Grill serves up a mix of Bosnian and Turkish food at very reasonable prices. I ordered a sandwich with five pieces of cevapcici, a grilled Bosnian meat that is something of a cross between a kebab and sausage. The cevapcici were served with lettuce, tomato and delicious bread, baked in-house. The bread was unlike anything I had ever had before; it looked like pita but it tasted more like sourdough.
I also ordered kadayif (shredded wheat filled with walnuts and soaked in syrup) for dessert, as well as a Bosnian coffee (like a Turkish coffee), which came beautifully presented in a cup surrounded by a metal holder with a lid to keep the coffee hot. The service was very friendly and the entire meal set me back well under $15.
Euro Foods next door is just as much of a gem, selling wine and a wide variety of other goods from the Balkans, other parts of Eastern Europe and beyond. Since I myself am 1/4 Croatian, I tried a white Malvasia wine from Istria in northern Croatia that I was sadly not a big fan of. That said, I want to go back and try some other wines since they have a truly impressive selection.
Balkan Grill is located at 5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303 near Huntington Metro Station.