Many Basque moved to Boise in the 1800s following the era of Franco in Spain. Fortunately for us, they brought their culinary skills with them to the Treasure Valley. Basque cuisine is often prepared in a dish with tomatoes and sweet or hot red peppers. Meat and fish are often grilled over hot coals. Traditional dishes include Bacalo (salt cod), Marmitako (tuna, potatoes, onions and more), Ttoro (fish stew), Txipirones (baby squid in their ink) and Porrusalda (potato soup). Basques are big on locally sourced ingredients. Come take your tastebuds on vacation at one (or more) of the Basque restaurants in the Basque Block and Greater Boise. Bring stretchy pants and pace yourself.
Come shop at The Basque Market for authentic Basque food and wines or order a few Basque favorites like croquetas, Basque meatballs, chorizo sandwiches and calamari. Wednesday and Fridays are paella days, made fresh on a gas-heated, kettledrum-sized skillet.
Bar Gernika’s menu includes lamb stew, chorizo and croquetas (cheesy, potato ball), lamb grinders, tuna melts, pork tenderloin, plus a full bar with regional wines, beer on tap, and by the bottle.
This restaurant/hotel serves authentic Basque dishes like lamb stew, fried chorizo, and paella and regional wines. When weather permits, patio seating is a must-do.
Ansots was started by the founders of Bar Gernika. They make and sell authentic Basque chorizo and have a broad offering of Basque dishes available for catering.
Epis takes its name from the owner’s Basque-immigrant grandfather. If you find yourself in Boise’s neighbor to the west, Meridian, treat yourself to fresh dishes and appetizers like seafood, lamb and steak prepared in the Basque style. Try the ham croquetas, calamari, sauteed mushrooms and chorizos too.
Txikiteo (pronounced chee-kee-tay-o) is one of the newest Basque restaurants in Boise with a menu that is a distinctly modern take on Basque food with an atmosphere to match. Try one of their charcuterie boards or tapas plates with regional Basque wines or other wines from around the globe.