Food & Drink » Food & Drink Stories

BALKAN EXPRESS

by

comment

A Bosnian, a Serb and a Croat walk into a cafe. No, really — during my first visit to Irma's Cafe Europa, a trio of seemingly adversarial Slavs were gathered around the bar enjoying espressos and beer while shooting the breeze, not each other. The welcoming Adriatic charm of the place may have had something to do with it, or it could've been the genuinely pleasant disposition of father-and-son proprietors Sead and Mustafa Hovic. The elder Hovic also handles kitchen duties (until a permanent chef is hired sometime in March), but until then, guests can enjoy a limited menu of Balkan and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. The cevapi (Bosnian kebabs) are seasoned sausages served with doughy pita bread, fries and a red-pepper sauce for dipping. Grilled chicken kebabs were also well-seasoned, and the colorful Greek salad, with red and green peppers, monstrous chunks of feta and fat green olives, is an absolute must. I wish I had tried the tufahija (peeled and cored apples stuffed with cream and walnuts), but that gives me a reason to go back. That, and the live Bosnian music on weekends.

(Irma's Cafe Europa, 912 N. Mills Ave., 407-894-0393)

dining@orlandoweekly.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.