Aatxe

In high anticipation of my trip to the Basque Country next summer, I'm starting to become accustomed to the region where many claim the best food in Spain, if not all of Europe, comes from. Cooked and prepared in generous amounts of olive oil, the food here is fruity, salty, and sour all at the same time. Every bite is surprising in a delightful way. Vegetarians beware, these dishes are predominately meat and seafood based. Aatxe on Market Street in San Francisco is the perfect place to catch up with a friend over many little bites. I recommend eating at the bar and coming at happy hour for the best deals and a fun atmospherical experience. 

Pintxos ( Basque Inspired Bites )

Pintxos ( Basque Inspired Bites )

1. Smoked quail egg & mushroom 2. Pintxo Gilda (olives, anchovies, pickled green beans)

1. Smoked quail egg & mushroom 2. Pintxo Gilda (olives, anchovies, pickled green beans)

1. Chorizo deviled egg 2. Jamón & squash croqueta

1. Chorizo deviled egg 2. Jamón & squash croqueta

Boqueróne toast & mojo verde

Boqueróne toast & mojo verde

View down the tray of pinxtos

View down the tray of pinxtos

Conserva Flight (marinated seafood) 1. Mussel escabeche 2. Clam escabeche verde 3. Octopus and green olive

Conserva Flight (marinated seafood) 1. Mussel escabeche 2. Clam escabeche verde 3. Octopus and green olive

Warm onion, bread, and fig salad in jamón balsamic reduction

Warm onion, bread, and fig salad in jamón balsamic reduction

Gambas al Ajillo: olive oil poached shrimp with garlic & nora chili

Gambas al Ajillo: olive oil poached shrimp with garlic & nora chili

Churros with a dark chocolate dip flavored with coffee and a hint of citris

Churros with a dark chocolate dip flavored with coffee and a hint of citris