Eating the World: Caffe Sarajevo
The best ethnic food is often the most difficult to find. So each week we'll spin the globe and search for a new other-worldly spot to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.
This week we go to Bosnia at Caffe Sarajevo.
The small cevapi sandwich (5 sausages) with vegetable spread and raw onions.
Phoenix cold-weather temperatures might not be fur hat-worthy, but it does seem a perfect time to sample some stick-to-your-ribs Russian fare.
I was expecting some borscht and vodka on the menu, but the fare ran more toward sausage sandwiches, hearty soups, and stuffed pita breads...and sadly, no alcohol.
Authenticity-rating: I was the only person not speaking Russian in the joint.
A group of 4 men convened at a nearby table, drinking coffee and playing some sort of card game, and chatting in, what I imagine was Russian.
What to order: According to my server, the most popular dish is the cevapi, or sausage sandwich made with homemade bread, which comes in a variety of sizes. I ordered the small cevapi ($5), which arrived looking like a big bread pillow.
"How big is the extra-large cevapi," I queried, imagining an actual pillow-sized sandwich.
"Same size," my server explained, "just filled with 15 sausages instead of 5."
The bread is baked like a big pocket, and stuffed with pork and veal sausages. That's it. No condiments, just bread and meat. For 50 cents extra, you can get it paired with a dollop of sour cream or a veggie spread and a pile of raw onions, which I'd recommend.
The sandwich is a knife and fork affair. The sausage is good, but the bread is real highlight: light, fluffy, yummy. After many, many bites of sausage, bread, some onion and a dip into the veggie spread -- I was stuffed, and only managed to polish off half of my sandwich.
Half of a meat-filled and half of a spinach/cheese-filled pita.
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