Arlington / Balkan / $$$$*
You might not even know that you’re craving cevapi, but you probably are. Kajmak and ajvar, too. Balkan food isn’t well known outside of Europe (yet), but it’s meat-and-potatoes comfort cuisine at its finest. Doubtful? Just order the cevapi, a dense, garlicky beef sausage that’s made in-house and grilled to perfection.
Whether it’s the buzzy brunch or popular dinner, the kitchen at Ambar is a well-oiled machine, quickly turning out small plates in bulk. That means that for a set price, you can order all you want and still make it home in a reasonable amount of time. But the truth is, you’ll want to linger as long as you can, trying dish after dish.
See This: Photos of life in the Balkans decorate the ceilings and banquettes of this bright restaurant.
Eat This: Smoked lamb prosciutto, cheese pie, cevapi
When to Visit: Two or three dishes isn’t enough—you’re craving real variety.