Great Deal - Super Retro, basque but not bakersfield level in Glendora - CONTINENTAL.
Don't want to speak badly of it. We had a great time.
First, four of us found ourselves in the NE corner of the SGV - had gone to see Summer Wars, an anime pic only playing in Covina - only place in the United States where it was playing, apparently.
And thought about SGV chinese, and babita, and green river in azusa (theaters were on azusa), but decided on Basque light at Glendora Continental, all of an 8 minute drive away.
We all got the Set-up (dinner set up) - before tip - $18 a head including wine and tax - tipped another $15 fof the four of us. don't judge.
SO - what did we get.
First out came TWO huge tureens of soup (the portion is 1/2 set up per person, so we ordered two full set ups). The soups available were clam chowder and split pea, asopposed ot the amazing bean soups available in Bakersfiled at Noriega's and Wool growers (just caveating now, they are better). Each tureen had about 8 bowls worth of soup. So we each could have eaten two bowls of each. Four bowls of soup - lots. They don't skimp. In some places, if you finish a dish, you can ask for more. We didn't try here.
OOPS - relish tray of carrot and celery slices served with what tasted like lipton onion dip + sour cream. Way retro.
Baked buns came with the food - as many baskets. Not la brea artisinal. But remember $18 a head.
Then out came the wine - you get 1/2 carafe per 1/2 set-up. TWo full set ups - TWO LARGE carafes of house wine (think real country french in france, semi-swill but fine). Choices, cal i'm sure chablis, chardonnay, zin, cal burgundy and cabernet. We went old school. Cal chablis and Cal Burgundy. Perfectly fine for what we had.
Next - a plate of blue cheese. a plate of prosciutto with butter balls, a plate of wonderfully pickled beef tongue sliced 1/8" thin. A few slices for everyone. strong vinaigrette. Delicious.
Then everyone got an individual bouchee a la reine. I don't even think you can get these in france anymore (btw pictures and posters from basque country, pelota players, basque language sayings etc). Vols-au-vent stuffed with a creamy mixture of what we thought were sweetbreads and mushrooms. Tasty and "continental."
Did I mention that we were already quite sated? Well we were. Then the meat course. IN bakersfield you usually have a choice of chicken (usually basque style/basquaise with peppers, tomatoes) or Beef (steak, skirt steak) or Lamb - here just one chop, not the rib chop but a simple bony cut. Not the best, everyone full set up comes iwth two pieces, so each person just gets one. AND choice of pototo - four roasted per full or one baked potato per full. I'm sure you could order an extra baked potato for a nominal sum. And some tired but availalbe green beans.
We didn't finish the soups - too much, didn't finish the wines, too much, forced ourselves to finish the blue cheese which was tasty, as was most everything else.
Then dessert choices - very old school - vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, raspberry sherbet, flan (yes it's a basque place), and chocolate mousse. We just went for the mousse. And it was delicious and fine. And did i mention $18 a person before tip including the two huge carafes of wine?
had fun. Would go back to bakersfield first because I think the soups are better there and the meat choices more extensive, and they often have homemade cottage cheese which rocks my world. HOWEVER< glendora is about 45 minutes from home as opposed to 80-90 minutes to bakersfield.
If you find yourselves in the area, check it out. Blast from the past with a twist. and fun for the right group, esp if finances are a bit tight.
Had fun. again. Didn't check if they sold Izarra. Would have had a shot if they did.
316 W Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740