Basque in/around SF Valley (or any recommended Tapas/Wine spots without breaking the bank)?
I've been looking for a good Basque spot for some time and can't seem to find one. I'd be willing to do a little driving from Burbank if it's worth it.
Alternately, a solid, reasonably-priced Spanish tapas or wine bar in or around the Valley would be great. [We've enjoyed AOC and BIN 8945, but I'm looking for something a bit more frugal, if possible. Also, I've heard that Eight-18 is tasty but pricey and inconsistent. ]
Thanks for the input.
Not exactly Basque but in north Glendale there is Ingredients, which is most definitely Spanish in flare. Here are some small bites offered on Fri & Sat:
radishes w/sea salts and citrus butter 3
roasted beets layered w/peppered goats cheese, pistachio and balsamic-honey 6
duck confit tossed with pears, reggiano, almonds and quince 8
poached wild salmon sous vide in mustard emulsion w/soy beans and blood orange marmalade 12
merguez sausage on white bean ragout with saffron-onion jelly and harissa 8
smoked prosciutto (speck) w/ berolina bread stix, olive chutney, aioili 7
boquerrones, sweet marinated white anchovies on chickpea toast and spicy tomato paste 7
piquillo peppers, stuffed with bonito tuna, capers, arbequina olive oil,olive paste 8
And for wine, there is a a store 1 block away, called Rosso Wine Shop. No corkage at Ingredients, great tapas, pretty close to what you are asking about.
For a Basque restaurant, as far as I know (and, as usual, I would love to be contradicted), you are going to have to do more than a little driving -- meaning your choices are Chino or Bakersfield.
I like Ole Tapas in Sherman Oaks (or is it Studio City?). It's not special but it's fine.