This suitably named convivial place is plastered over with the kind of wacky (and not) posters, photos and bric-a-brac that bars in this German Village neighborhood have become known for. Easy's solidly good food leans toward the diner and comfort zones, but it leans that way with a heavy Greek accent.

Saganaki

Firestarter: Easy Street Cafe

This suitably named convivial place is plastered over with the kind of wacky (and not) posters, photos and bric-a-brac that bars in this German Village neighborhood have become known for. Easy's solidly good food leans toward the diner and comfort zones, but it leans that way with a heavy Greek accent.

The heat is on ...: A super well-seasoned cast-iron pan that's clearly seen its share of raging and leaping flames.

Hot! Hot! Hot!: Who doesn't love a hunka burnin' cheese? Saganaki - which is named after a little Greek frying pan - is the flaming dish that lit up the idea for this story. It's a good pick-me-up to order when you need a cheap thrill, especially at Easy Street, where they rightfully believe the higher the fire, the better the eating.

Salty and thick kasseri cheese is partially fried then ignited with a bunch of 151 rum so it resembles an accidental outdoor grilling flare-up. To the accompaniment of a shouted "Opa!" it's then extinguished with lemon juice.

I love how the block of melty milkfat gets crusted up on the outside, yet is oozy underneath, with its richness partially cut by a resultant citrus and hooch sauce. Opa, indeed.