Indulging Carnivorous Urges in Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia is a country that loves its meat dishes, and pljeskavica (Serbian hamburger) is a local specialty. The debate rages hard about which place in the city serves the very *best*, but few knowledgeable locals will argue with Loki as a contender. Located off the main pedestrian strip of Knez Mihailova (just ask a local), the run-down and non-descript locale does little to stimulate the appetite, but do not be fooled. The crowd of locals praying to the altar of Loki’s grill at absolutely any hour of the day (it is a favorite 4 a.m. after-party meeting point on the weekends) is a testament to the quality goods they deliver. Try a plain ol’ pljeskavica, or get adventurous and try the spicier and more flavorful variations of gurmanska (with all kinds of yummy, fatty stuff in the meat) or a leskovacka (regional recipe). The ambitious or foolhardy can get the “maxi” version, an eye popping monster slab of burger that will require both hands and serious dedication to devour. Unless you’re vegetarian, you owe it to yourself to see what all the hype is about.