Pintxo Picker

Pintxos ("pinch-ohs" - which loosely translates from Basque as 'just a bit') are something of a legend in the Basque Country, as people from far and wide flock to Northern Spain to witness and taste the rumours of this culinary tradition. San Sebastián has some of the best collection of pintxo bars and traditional Basque dishes in the region. Pintxos and Tapas are not the same (although people tend to think so) Tapas can be restricted to more traditional foods where a group of friends share the plate between themselves. In the Basque Region, Pintxos can also be a solitary affair where absolutely anything can be a pintxo - from mini-hamburgers to foie to smoked salmon on a bed of coleslaw. What tourists don't know is that most good bars have a flagship pintxo, so people may go to one locale for the Brocheta de Gambas and then travel to another for the Patatas Alioli. So, don't be a tourist and do as the locals do - get up and explore! Considering there are over 400 hundred places to eat in SS, each week I'll be revealing my favourite spots to make navigating this food forest easier. Aprovéchate !

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La Viña: Tarta de Queso

As an aficionado of all things sweet, I was disappointed to discover that the standard of desserts were somewhat different in Spain. From Madrid to Barcelona to San Sebastián, you will quickly notice the invasion of the laminated, Wall’s dessert menu in every restaurant. To

Pintxo-Pote Route Map

The BEST Pintxo-Pote route in San Sebastián

So what does Pintxo-Pote even mean? To put it simply, it (very loosely) translates from Basque as ‘just a bit of food and drink’. As a resident of San Sebastián I discovered that this Thursday night tradition has been going on for the course of

Bar Astelena: Succulent Carilleras

Beef cheek is a popular hot pintxo that can be found simmering in many a basque restaurant kitchen. Although this is originally a very tough part of the cow, after a loving slow cook, this meat becomes extremely tender. I don’t like going on too

Bar Alex: Risotto de Queso y Hongos

Bar Alex is hands down my favourite pintxo joint in San Sebastián. Great prices, fantastic ingredients, perfect menus and astounding staff who go out of their way to insure you’re making the best of their hometown. The Raciones (sides – bigger than pintxos) are the

Casa Senra: Jamón con coulis Patxaran

Casa Senra is a spreading secret on the restaurant scene in San Sebastián. Located on the residential side in Gros, it’s commonly off the tourist trail. I visited Casa Senra for the first time when an acquaintance of mine, a New York chef, was recommended