First of all, the name. Sounds as if they might offer something on the menu besides a pastrami sandwich to warrant the word "nosh." Maybe a little chopped liver, some lox, a nice piece of white fish? But, basque seasoning on fries? Huh?
When my dining companion, who happens to be Jewish, asked a couple of questions, such as "What exactly are the Basque fries" covered in?" our server just said, "Oh, it's our signature seasoning. It's not real spicy." OK. Next question. "Is there a dish which people love here and for which they keep coming back?" Server. "Not sure. But, I like the such and such." Perhaps she was new.
I had the tilapia tacos with jicama slaw. The fish was nice and hot, and I was pleased with the crispy, brown batter. Although the fish tacos don't compare to those at nearby Bien Trucha, I was satisfied with one exception: I couldn't find but one, tiny shred of jicama in a slaw that was predominantly cabbage and carrots. And, the jicama was the clincher for me in the description on the menu. My friend also ordered the jicama slaw on the side because her mother used to make it. Also, little to no jicama. We should have said something, but we demurred, not wanting to be perceived as one of "those troublesome customers."
The other dish we sampled was the savory French toast. The caramelized onions and bacon were pronounced first rate, but some of the bread had not been soaked at all in the egg mixture and was white and dry.
No excuse, either, for having to ask to have one's iced tea glass refilled when the restaurant is half-filled and the glass is empty. Also no friendly smile, acknowledgement, or smile from the manager upon our entering or leaving. Some things are so simple and go a long way to create a pleasant dining experience. Oh, and the fire alarm went off for 5 min. without any announcement about whether to stay or leave or what caused it. Painful.
We liked the menu choices, however, and will probably go back for another helping. We really want it to be as good as some people claim.
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