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Basque Restaurants
updated: Apr 26, 2013, 1:21 PM

Can anyone tell me of Basque restaurants or establishments offering Basque dishes within driving distance of us?

 COMMENT 402089 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:34 PM

I think Bakersfield has one or used too. Northern Nevada has more than a few.

 

 COMMENT 402092 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:35 PM

Interesting. Can someone explain the unique foods of the Basque versus the rest of Spain?

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:36 PM

Zagat's lists Miro at the Bacara as a Basque restaurant. Gayot's rates it a 16/20.

I recall also there being a Basque restaurant in Buellton.

 

 COMMENT 402094 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:40 PM

Bako is the hit spot for traditional Basque food. Noreiga Hotel is a good one. Just 20 bucks for the whole spread.

 

 COMMENT 402101 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:52 PM

Are you driving a car, or driving a herd?

 

 NEIGHBOR agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:55 PM

Isn't there a Basque Restaurant on the frontage road between the freeway and the Ocean in Shell Beach?

 

 COMMENT 402111 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 01:59 PM

At least three in Bakersfield. None closer. A couple in Fresno, Gilroy, San Francisco. Many in Elko and Winnemucca, NV.

 

 COMMENT 402113 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 02:04 PM

Alphys Basque Chateau in Shell Beach is probably the closest. It's not bad. There's also the 10th Street Basque Café in San Miguel, just beyond Paso Robles. Very good but only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday so reservations are a must. Bakersfield has the most choices but that's a long drive. Noriega is excellent; so is Wool Growers Restaurant.

 

 COMMENT 402115P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 02:11 PM

Been to Woolgrowers in Bakersfield and don't get Basque food, other than volume and bulk. Novel family style concept of course and marinated cold tongue, but certainly not the tastiest dinner I ever had. Head to Bakersfield for your best choices. Used to be one in Gilroy, but no longer.

 

 COMMENT 402139 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 02:41 PM

From the Alphy's website:
"Basque cuisine has many influences: French and Spanish, mountain and coastal, that the variety of foods and styles appeals to almost anyone.
In keeping with Basque traditions, all entrees are served family style with bread, Basque soup, salad, beans and Spanish salsa, pickled marinated beef tongue, fresh vegetables, potatoes, and pasta with house-made Spanish sauce...and Basque red wine sorbet.
Entrees range from roasted rack of lamb, grilled lamb chops, braised lamb shanks, to filet mignon, ribeye, roasted chicken, French-cut pork chop, scampi, scallops, and seasonal fish.
The bar features Basque favorites, such as pintxos (skewers of carmelized onion, Idiaz’abal cheese, deviled egg, and shrimp), bocadillos (small sandwich) of lamb chop or seared tuna, montaditos (bites on toast) of seared beef with piquillo sauce and shallot jam, or potato and chorizo bandade, and fritos (fried bites) of crispy shrimp presente d’espelette, calamari, or fish and chips. Finish your bar experience with The Fig, local figs marinated in sherry and served with aged goat cheese and fresh basil.
The Basque Country occupies an area in and around the Pyrenees Mountains on the border between France and Spain. Coastal areas are included, from Biarritz and the Bay of Biscay in France to the Mediterranean in Spain, so seafood is as much a part of Basque traditions as lamb and beef. The Basque language is unique, being related to no known European language, and may have developed from the first Stone Age migrants to the area, according to some experts.

 

 COMMENT 402152P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 02:58 PM

Noriega, Wool Growers and Benji's get the best recommendations for Bakersfield.

 

 COMMENT 402161 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 03:23 PM

Woolgrowers in Bakersfield is the best.

 

 COMMENT 402205P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 05:45 PM

When we had a sheep ranch, all the folks wanted to go to Wool growers for the very best, authentic food. Hope it is still run by the same family.

 

 COMMENT 402212P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 06:16 PM

Oxtail stew is on all the menus, and lamb. Me want.
Just found out that Noriega's still actually functions as a boarding house.
I've never been to any of them, but sure would like to. I dislike Guy Fieri as a "restauranteur" but have seen some really great places on the show "Diners, Drive Ins & Dives," including one of Bakersfield's Basque places. Or maybe he was in Reno, I don't know.
I believe Basques came to CA in part for the gold rush and then took back up their traditions of herding, especially sheep. In this video, the restaurant manager says how a relative came through Ellis Island and ended up with a sticker saying 'Basque/Bakersfield.' interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q_ie-UB9gA
Yeah, it's peasant, aka poor food, or it used to be. My mother ate tongue and beef heart when she was young. I haven't boiled tongue myself, I'll just order a lengua taco.

 

 COMMENT 402217 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 06:23 PM

Eddie KD: Thanks for the trip down memory lane. My mother was born in the Basque country of France, near Biarritz. My Grandmere lived with us most of my childhood, and we ate this kind of food a lot growing up. Mmm, Basque Tongue Stew... Made it last christmas for the gathering. It's special!

 

 COMMENT 402219P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 06:30 PM

Have been to Noriega's and the Woolgrowers.

The unfortunate aspect is that one has to go to Bakersfield - the armpit of California in the top five of unhealthiest places to live in California. Also tops the list of meth capitols in the US.

Basque dinning is a somewhat of an experience but agree with 115's assessment of the actual food. Not sure it's worth an unecessary trip to "the field."

I'd try San Miguel.

 

 COMMENT 402236 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 07:16 PM

In Winnemucca, it's called The Martin!

 

 COMMENT 402247 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 07:57 PM

Huell Howser did a nice episode on Noriega's in Bakersfield.

 

 COMMENT 402255P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-26 08:31 PM

Head south towards Ventura, take Highway 126 east to Interstate 5, go North over the Grapevine and you are in Bakersfield in a few hours.

 

 COMMENT 402291 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-27 06:32 AM

101: hilarious! Been to woolgrowers a few times. It's a unique dining experience but it ain't worth the trip to Bako.

 

 COMMENT 402309 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-27 08:46 AM

Miró
Basque, Catalan | Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Ave. (Rte. 101)
Santa Barbara, CA
805-571-4204

 

 COMMENT 402313 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-27 09:00 AM

TAIX in Los Angeles - used to go as a kid. Still there i believe in silverlake area/sunset blvd. Google it!

 

 COMMENT 402319P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-27 09:13 AM

Miro is in the Bacara resort is merely capitalizing on the current small plates, tapas trend; not really a family style basque restaurant. Prepare to pay a lot, for a little.

 

 COMMENT 402320 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-27 09:15 AM

Not within easy driving distance but Bishop, California has a large Basque population (sheep herders from old). There are several authentic Basque restaurants in the area.

 

 COMMENT 403017 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-29 12:32 PM

Having many Basque friends and visiting the Basque country several times, I can say without a doubt any of these places do not serve (very) Basque food, but a heavily Americanized version often substituting the style of dining (shared tables) for the cuisine.

There are (at least) four distinct reigons of Spain, each with their own specialized cuisine and many shared dishes. The cuisine of the Basque people, includes meats and fish grilled over hot coals, cod, Tolosa bean dishes, pintxos (Basque tapas) and Idiazabal sheep's cheese, If they don't serve txakoli (cha-ko-LEE) sparkling wine it isn't very authentic experience.

 

 

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