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February 19, 2011

No Balking at the Balkans


Burek

If you want to taste some Balkan region inspired food, this is the place for you. If you are at all like me, I have not visited the Balkan region, the Balkan Mountains, Pindus Mountains, the Adriatic nor Aegean Seas areas, so I am not at all familiar with Balkan food. It was a quick learn for me, as I sat down in this stark restaurant converted from a house.

I am guessing this is a family owned business, and there appeared to be only one woman working on the day we tried Euro Grill. There also seemed to be some of the woman's family there as well, as they has a familial way about them. There was also a couple work men with a circular saw outside with an extension cord running to the inside of the restaurant, thus causing the door to be open a jar. In this weather, it was quite cold in the restaurant. There was another couple dining, and they looked a bit confused, and seemingly having to wait a long time for their check. It was a seeming disorganized scene on the day we went, but all doubt was alleviated when the one woman, and only person seemingly working in the restaurant, finally came to our table and recommended a couple dishes for us. When the food came out, I was very pleased.

We started our lunch with a burek, which is a bread roll stuffed with spiced meat, and then baked in the oven. The meat was ground meat that was mixed with spices, just enough to be tasty, but not enough to be overwhelming. The bread roll on the outside was rolled very thin, so it was almost like won ton wrapper, rather than a bread roll. This was yummy, and we will be getting this again.

Pljeskavica

We also got a pljekavica which is a beef and lamb patty that is mixed with spices and served in a homemade bun that was half way between a chibatta and a pita, then topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, feta and some white sauce like a mayonnaise. All of the bread are homemade. You cannot find these in the grocery store, and the bread of each dish are central to the deliciousness of each dish. The other major contributing factor to each dish is the spices in the meat, and the texture and flavor of the meat. The pljekavica patty was tender and flavorful. The flavor was not familiar, but familiar. It is like a giant hamburger, but with flavor like gyro meat. This little restaurant makes their own bread and has extra bread for sale, so we bought 2 to take home to make our own creations. I tried to make something similar to the pljekavica at home using her bread, and I did not quite get this outcome. I must head here again to try and understand how they make pljekavica.

The 2 dishes we tried while there are definitely Balkan style food. There are many other menu items including other Balkan style dishes and then there are the hamburgers, fries, pizza, salads and quesadillas for those who want American fare. There is something there for everyone.

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At 2/21/11, 7:50 AM, Anonymous Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

I don't think I have ever eaten this type of food but it looks really good.We are Blessed that the Nashville area has so many different types of restaurants.I want to start making an effort to try new and different foods this year. One of the reasons I like your blog so much is that you are already doing that and that makes it so nice for us that you give such great reviews of the restaurants and the food. Your pictures are always so great also.

 
At 2/21/11, 10:23 PM, Blogger Lannae said...

I really enjoyed this Balkan inspired food. I want to go back again now that it is warmer. The little place was having a hard time heating the place over the winter.

 
At 2/28/11, 3:00 AM, Anonymous Food said...

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At 3/7/11, 2:07 PM, Anonymous edKing said...

Unlike Cafe Bosna, which I consider Bosnian comfort-food, Euro Grill is more like bar food. The young gal who runs the show has it all together. If anyone in town wants to know where to get the best cheeseburger, send them to Euro Grill for a Greek Pslakavica with the melted feta inside. The homemade bread is over the top.

Everything was just as you said it was...and we can't wait to go back.

 
At 3/8/11, 8:21 AM, Blogger Lannae said...

Ed, I have not been to Cafe Bonsa yet, and I want to try it. Thanks for the reminder. And Euro Grill, it is just a sweet place, and the young gal is quite talented with her bread making and cooking. I want to go back again.

 
At 3/8/11, 8:32 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

I believe it is owned by the Ukaj family from Bosnia. Wonderful people.

 
At 3/12/11, 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

try the desserts at this place they are fantastic.

 

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