We were touring the Basque section of Boise and wanted a quick lunch, so walked into to the Basque Market instead of a restaurant. Staff was friendly and the cold tapas looked good, and there were hot tapas too, so we stayed. This is a combination retail store and informal snack/lunch bar with a kitchen in the back room.
The waitress/cashier sold my husband on a sandwich and soup combo for $7. The sandwich (some sort of Basque salami) turned out to be rather small. I had a cheese-bread-nut-fruit plate for $10, and was surprised to find only thin slices of cheese, a few mini-rounds of bread, a few grapes, but a generous amount of crack-your-own walnuts. I would have preferred fewer walnuts and more of the other stuff, especially since a couple of the walnuts had gone bad. And who wants to crack their own nuts at a restaurant, or eat 20 walnuts, for that matter?
Much of Basque culture is centered around sheep herding, so sheep cheese appeared in virtually every dish. My husband’s soup was cheesy and rather heavy. The cheese-stuffed red pepper hot tapas were quite delicious. The cold egg with a ball of salami-ish meat was good, and the hot meatballs with red sauce were very unusual and tasty. We found the other tapas rather too cheesy/meaty/oily.
We enjoyed browsing the store for Basque goods, and bought some (not cheap) chocolate for later. One of the chocolate bars was very old and the chocolate had separated and the hazelnuts gone rancid, a great disappointment, since we had left Boise by the time we tried it. Next time I wouldn’t buy food from the market shelves, not knowing how old it might be.
Overall, this could be a good place to stop to sample some Basque cheese and salami tapas for a snack, or buy cheese by the ounce, but for lunch the fare seems too heavy and lacking in vegetables. And watch out for old goods on the shelves.
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