Monday munchies: Opa! Gaslamp's Greek corner

Greeks are big into snacking. For this edition of Monday Munchies, bring your appetite (and maybe some protective shades) to the Gaslamp's Mezé Greek Fusion, where you'd be crazy not to order the Saganaki, or pan-fried cheese finished off with a fiery tableside display involving brandy, lemon juice and plenty of pita bread for scooping up the Mediterranean-style fondue.

Tangy Kasseri cheese - traditionally made from sheep's milk -fries up real nice, with crisp edges that you'll battle over with butter knives. The Greeks know how to party, so frying the cheese isn't enough - oh no - it must be lit up in a fiery blaze of glory, and it's not just for show.

The brandy and lemon juice compliment the already piquant cheese. It's simply divine, and will fire up your taste buds for more shareable plates like the Greek tacos, made with your choice of gyros, falafel, chicken or steak. Topped with pico de gallo, spicy tzatziki and cheese all nestled in a corn tortilla, this delicious San Diego-style fusion works. Two come per order, and you can mix and match. Win!

Mezé Greek Fusion also has a great happy hour Sunday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 10-11 p.m. with $3-$5 shareable plates and specials on beer, wine and cocktails. You can even smoke a Hookah at this classy joint, or, for the same nutritional value, just order another round of flaming Kasseri cheese.

345 Sixth Ave., downtown, (619) 550-1600, gaslampmeze.com

Source: DiscoverSD

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