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La Rioja and Basque Region

slsharp | Jan 9, 2009 12:15 PM

In a couple of months, my husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Rioja, 1 night in Bilbao, and 3 nights in SS before spending some time in Madrid. We are definitely hitting up Extebarri--cannot wait!

I have enjoyed reading the posts debating the merits of the finer establishments in and around SS. However, there seems to be no definitive point of view. We are leaning towards Zuberoa and Arzak. I think Mugaritz is out because others seem so divided. Neither of us are that enthusiastic about molecular gastronomy, however, we eat everything. Husband is a a wine guy and has heard mixed things about experiences at Arzak and Akelare (like buyer bears the cost of a damaged bottle). If anyone has anything else to contribute to our decision making, I would love to hear!

Regarding Rioja, has anyone eaten at either of the restaurants at Marques de Riscal? We are staying there our first night and will probably eat at the hotel out of exhaustion. For the other two days we will be based in Abalos. Any more recommedations in this area would be great.

One last thing--if we have one lunch and dinner in Bilbao, is it a total waste to eat at MB in Guggenheim for lunch? Am excited to see the museum.

THANKS in advance for any additional advice!

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