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Anyone ever been to La Villa Basque on Soto in Vernon - down past the Pig Murals? It's been there for many years and is apparently where the powerful few who run the city of Vernon do their drinking, but other than having passed by it, I don't know anything about it. I don't have high hopes, but sooner or later I'm going to stop in and give it a try.

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  1. I've never been, but worked a lot in Vernon. I believe it belongs to Leonis Malburg the (former?) mayor. I was told it was coffee shop dining.

    1. I haven't been but I just want to say that I totally support this venture. At least go in and have a drink (most Baque restaurants don't take their bar service lightly). Then check out the menu and interior...
      Let us know how it goes!

      1. Let us know how it is the menu doesn't look that exciting. Escargot for 2.95?????

        1. Looking at the menu, I fail to see a single Basque dish there other than escargots, which could just as easily be Bourguignon or even Provencal... a promising name but not inspiring me to go. (I still, by the way, need to get to the place in Chino... maybe organise a Chow fact-finding mission...)

          (Edit: Gateau basque... forgot the gateau basque.)

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Centro Basque. My husband had to spend every Sunday there during his formitive years. The food is what it is, if you know what I mean. Simple cooking, tongue is great. Jai Alai in the back, lots of berets and lots of drinking. Haze of smoke hanging over "no smoking sign". Chalet Basque in La Puente is another interesting one. Avoid frog legs. Thanks for clarifying La Villa, we've been curious...

          2. This place is amazing—the food is ok-they just changed the menu, which is now a more hip and trendy menu, I guess. I work in Vernon so there are not many options for food. For anyone who loves googie achitecture and mid century design, it is a gem. This restaurant was also in a scene from Running with Scissors in which Annette Benning is having lunch with her son. One amazing thing about this restaurant is this eclectic customer-- which my co-workers and I call the "beehive lady."
            She has a 3 ft beehive like Marge Simpson and she is wrapped in about 5 yards of tulle. If anyone knows who this lady is please tell me because it is unbelievable. She is there about everyday at 12pm.

            1. this place is not basque really. my family is basque and other than my grandmas cooking ive yet to find an authentic basque restaurant. theres some in fresno and boise my family has gone too but ive been to piperade and its as close to what ive had in san sebastian. centro basco is the next city over to me my papa and I go there alot but the food is mehhh we just like going there to chitchat.

              that said arzak and kursaal are my favorites. and a few pinchos bars in san sebastian are amazing! i want to try mugaritz next trip back there! to be to be basque restaurant i have to see piquillo peppers in some fashion or marmitako in some form!