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.
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.
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.