23. Saganaki Cheese From Estia Greek Taverna and Bar

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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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