23. Saganaki Cheese From Estia Greek Taverna and Bar

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23. Saganaki Cheese From Estia Greek Taverna and Bar
Tricia Woolfenden

23. Saganaki Cheese From Estia Greek Taverna and Bar
There are more complex and unexpected offerings on the impressive menu at this newish Boca Raton restaurant, but the crowd-pleasing burst of flame that accompanies this familiar appetizer is worth the venture down the path of familiarity. 


Salty, rich cheese is given a douse of brandy and set ablaze tableside, the outer layer acquiring a crispy edge that brings to mind the deliciously burned edges of a cheesy casserole. This is comfort food through and through, and the spectacle of it all is kept tastefully subdued to suit the environment. Estia has qualities to appeal to out-of-towners -- it's even got the weekend-night belly-dancing show to prove it -- but this isn't just another tourist trap serving Mediterranean fare; this place is actually good. And that saganaki? Why -- it's damned good.    


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