So I found out about two Basque restaurants near me. I'm thinking of going, but know nothing about Basque food and for once I want to have a clue before I walk in the door and try a new cuisine.
Now this is going to be limited by what they actually serve, but what are some good dishes and beverages to be on the look-out for.
One place serves pacheran, an aparatif made from wild cherry. Anything else different and interesting?
From what I've read, Basque food in the U.S. is different from that in Europe. The link below says
"the family-style serving derives from the Basque-American tradition of the boarding houses. The hearty platters of food were readily consumed by the young Basque immigrants who earned their living with long hours and arduous work."
I found out there are still Basque shepards in the U.S. ... and in of all places, Marin, CA. Who knew? You would have thought somehow sheep herding would be mechanized or something by now. I mean there are real sheep dogs out there.
I'd be interested in hearing about experiences eating in some of the U.S. Basque restuarant. This site which has alot about Basque food, has a list of US Basque restaurants. Did they miss any?