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THE DISH: Euro Gourmet Grill and Café

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Euro Gourmet Grill and Cafe serves its beef and lamb kebab (gyro) with fries, right, cevapcici, left, which is grilled minced sausage meat served with house pita bread along with a variety of European desserts, drinks and coffee.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Euro Gourmet Grill and Cafe serves its beef and lamb kebab (gyro) with fries, right, cevapcici, left, which is grilled minced sausage meat served with house pita bread along with a variety of European desserts, drinks and coffee.

Euro Gourmet Grill and Café

488 Gwinnett Drive, Lawrenceville

770-513-7788

Open since: 2009 in this location. In business in Gwinnett for more than 10 years, including the eight years as Bosnia Market on West Pike Street.

Location: Euro Gourmet Grill and Café is located at the corner of Gwinnett Drive and Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville, across from Summit Ridge Hospital.

ON THE MENU

Lunch

• Burek/Pita: A baked phyllo dough pastry filled with meats, cheeses or spinach, then rolled and baked until the outer crust is golden and flaky, $4.49

• Bosanski Lonac/Bosnian Roast: Beef, onions, potatoes, carrots, parsley root, celery root, tomatoes, bay leaf, garlic and peppers served with homemade bread, $6.49

Dinner

• Pljeskavica: A large, thin burger made of seasoned ground beef and onions, $8.99

• Meat Ball/Cufte: Ground beef, ground veal, eggs, onions, garlic, bread crumbs and spices. Served with mashed potatoes and homemade bread, $6.49

• Grilled salmon and trout: Served with two side dishes (choice of vegetables daily) and homemade bread, $11.99

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondasy through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Owner: Kenan Mustic, a Bosnian national who escaped the war with his family and moved to Germany in 1992, then moved to Gwinnett in 1999.

Atmosphere: The cafe is small and casual, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Families are welcome, and the service is fast and courteous. The restaurant and adjoining market have become popular not just in Gwinnett and in Georgia, but also in Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

Menu items and market goods are genuine Eastern European, featuring many dishes and items from Germany, Italy, Bosnia and even Turkish coffees and candies.

“We try to get as many authentic European items here as possible, and I only bring the best to the cafe and market,” Mustic said.

Menu: The breads and sausages are handmade either on the premises or in a local bakery less than a mile away. Only veal and beef are used to make the sausages, and all of the dishes are true eastern European dishes and served in generous portions. Sauces and spices are authentic eastern European mixes, and the coffees are Italian and very popular among patrons.

Any item on the menu can be ordered for either lunch or dinner. Among the most popular are beef and lamb kebabs and bean stew/Grah: an authentic family recipe made with beans, carrots, onions, parsley, peppers and served with homemade bread.

Desserts are imported from Italy and include Tiramisu ($4.49), Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake ($3.49) and Chantilly Napoleon — crisp layers of puff pastry, filled with cream and dusted with powdered sugar — for $3.95.

A single espresso is $1.49, a double espresso $1.99 and cappuccino is $2.49. The coffees are strong and flavorful, a favorite among some Lawrenceville police officers.

Other beverages include tea and fruited and sparkling waters imported from Europe. No alcohol is served in the cafe.

Things you may not know: No beverage at Euro Gourmet Grill and Cafe is ever served out of a can or bottle, or poured before it is presented to the customer. In true European style, the bottle is opened at the table and poured into a glass. The adjacent market is filled with European foods, coffees, sausages and salamis, sweets, breads, wines and beers.