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Greek restaurant that flambes Saganaki?

I'm taking my friend and another couple out for her birthday on Thursday. She wanted to go to a place that flambes the Saganaki appetizer when they bring it out. I just spoke to the Greek Taverna, and they said, no they can't do that, that its against the fire code or something.

Its not necessarily a deal breaker, but does the hive have any suggestions? All of us live in Falls Church, so the idea of driving up to MD to go to Cava just to see some fire is not all that appealing.

Whaddya think? Anyone hear of this dangerous cheese restriction before in Fairfax County?

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  1. CAVA in DC/Rockville- delicious!

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    1. re: chicken kabob

      DC location does not flambe (leather ceilings) but worthwhile for other reasons.

    2. i've had this at the Parthenon on Connecticut Ave. near Chevy Chase Circle. DC, but might as well be MD for you. This place is an overlooked gem. Quite a good restaurant.

      1. Atheno Plakos in Bethesda - it is metro accessible.

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        1. re: mrsphud

          If you are talking about Athenian Plaka, I believe it is closed.

          1. re: comestibles

            Oh noooo, you serious? I was going to suggest this too. I haven't been there in a while (over a year), so I didn't know of their closing.

        2. Anyone remember Alekos on Conn. above Dupont circle? It's been closed for years, but this place had the BEST Saganaki!

          1. What about http://www.tavernacretekou.com/ in Old Town Alexandria. I haven't been there in years but I remember them doing that. And they are not in Fairfax County...

            1. Thanks all for your recommendations, the other three people are willing to stick with Greek Taverna, so that's where we're going.

              1. Just as an aside..
                I had the Saganaki appetizer at Zorba's in Baltimore on Saturday...it was grilled and to die for!!!

                1. Well, it turned out very well and the birthday girl had a wonderful time. The four of us could maintain our conversation, parking was a breeze, we had a great waiter, the food was very satisfying, and the Saganaki was delish! Three of us had the sampler of pastitsio, mousaka, dolmas, and spanokopita, one had a Greek salad, dessert at our table included baklava and a dish that consisted of a bed of greek yogurt topped with quince and honey. The bottle of retsina we consumed was, however, too smooth, I felt I was missing out on the real Retsina experience I was looking for.