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Okay, where did Des Alps and the Basque Hotel go?

michelle Dec 7, 2000 06:41 PM

So I grew up eating at these Basque food places and now they are nowhere to be found-sad times. Where to now?

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    Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2000 07:02 PM

    The Basque Cultural Center in SoSF expanded its dining room (open to the public) when SF's Basque hotels closed to carry on the tradition. The room is nicer and I think the food is better too. Link below.

    Link: http://www.sfbasque.org/restaurant/re...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      michelle Dec 7, 2000 07:04 PM


      1. re: michelle
        Melanie Wong Dec 8, 2000 11:54 PM

        There's also a place called Le Chalet Basque in San Rafael that's popular but I haven't been there personally.

        1. re: michelle
          michelle Dec 11, 2000 01:52 PM

          Yes, I have driven by, it looks cute and they have a web site, not sure about how I feel about the offerings...http://www.lechaletbasque.com/dining....
          I dont see my cherished Oxtail stew anywhere to be found nor good cheese-like Etorki(sp?) mmmmm, cheese.

          1. re: michelle
            Melanie Wong Dec 11, 2000 03:10 PM

            Thanks for the link for Le Chalet Basque. Menu lists calf brain, liver, tripe, tongue and sweetbreads --- seems strange not to have oxtail stew too.

            Etorki is a brand name. There are several other Ossau-Iraty (Pyrenees sheep's milk) cheeses available in the Bay Area market.

            The dish I was most impressed with at the Basque Cultural Center when I was last there was the oxtail stew served as a first course with the full meal (soup, salad, first course, entree with vegetables, ice cream). I was stuffed by the time the entree of roast pork with juniper sauce came out and found it a let down after the bliss of the oxtails.

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