A visit to this North Side Bosnian joint can be summed up in one word: surprising. You'd think with the far-flung location and the inquisitive stares you get upon entering that you'd be in for a ride, but quite the contrary; it's one of the more mellow cafes around, with fantastic food to boot.
Draped in Mediterranean sunset-colored walls with flat-screen televisions in every corner, this cafe boasts a menu full of meat, meat and more meat. Chicken and beef kebabs, fried chicken, breaded schnitzel, and pljeskavica (hand-formed meat patties) are what the natives plow in for on a daily basis.
From the choice in appetizers, a good bet is the platter full of chicken wings or the meze (homemade salami, feta cheese and olives), but on most tables you'll see a delicious looking dish called chevapi. The proper (and best) way to devour this national treasure is to smear a huge hunk of the warm, kitchen-made bread with sour cream, pile on a bit of chopped onion and tomato, and shove a tiny, homemade ground beef sausage into the moist pocket of bread. Top off each bite with a perfectly crisp French fry and a wash of piping-hot latte. Wow.
Not too many women frequent the place, but if you do go, you'll find yourself right at home with the curious, mostly-male crowd. There is nothing more delightful than seeing a gruff, burly old man chain-smoking and yakking it up with his pals, while delicately sipping a hot tea with lemon and honey.
Vegetarians will be hard-pressed to find something to their liking, but there is an interesting fried-cheese dish served with a tossed salad, French fries and cabbage salad, as well as an anytime-of-day, create-your-own omelet dish. For those with budget in mind, a bowl of the chicken soup is hearty enough to be an entire meal, especially with a serving of the dense bread.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Misty Tosh