Having spent a summer interning in Bosnia, I've been on a perpetual and unsuccessful search for Balkan restaurants in the US since my return to the States eight years ago; unsuccessful until now.
Two Brothers Cafe & Grill serves authentic, outstanding Balkan food. We split the Cevapi (tasty, tasty sausages with delectably fresh cooked bread) and a Burek (thin, light philo dough stuffed with your choice of meat or cheese), which they unfortunately referred to as Bosnian Pita.
Burek I found to be the quintessential Bosnian meal at local, small-town restaurants. It's like no other sausage I've ever consumed, and among the tastiest of any sausage I've enjoyed. There's something unique about it that's impossible to explain. Burek is the standard bakery fare that Bosnians typically eat for breakfast, with fresh Greek yogurt, or late at night when returning from the "discos" or cafes. Both dishes were outstanding at this place and immediately transported me to northern Bosnia. We washed this meaty goodness down with Serbian Beer: "Jelen Pivo." This is a light, lager beer that, for some reason, I just find to be outstanding coupled with Bosnian food. The Bosnian beer selection is "Nektar." I prefer Jelen over Nektar, and have had a harder time finding Jelen in the US... so I naturally went with the Jelen.
The only complaint I have about Two Brothers Cafe & Grill is the people were just not very friendly. I found Bosnians to be among the warmest, most welcoming people in the world. Maybe we caught them on a bad day. But their restaurant was otherwise empty at about 12:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday. So I thought they might be a bit happier to see some patrons.
In any event, don't let the coolness of the proprietors keep you from the awesome food they serve. If you happen to be in the Portland area, you're not vegetarian, and you are adventurous about ethnic foods, give Two Brothers Cafe & Grill a shot.
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