Bar Gernika

Basque | Tavern
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Boise has a large thriving Basque community. The heart of this community is known as the “Basque Block.” This historical section of downtown Boise also includes the Basque Museum, located in a renovated former Basque boarding house, the Basque Market, and Leku Ona, a Basque restaurant and hotel which is a relative newcomer to this revitalized neighborhood.

For the past two decades, Bar Gernika has been one of the anchors of the Basque Block. Both a tavern and restaurant, Bar Gernika features craft brews from local microbreweries as well as Basque dishes, sandwiches and appetizers including solomo, and chorizo sandwiches, lamb stew, and paella.

Saturday is special at Bar Gernika. Beef tongue is served all day or until they run out. The Beef tongue is luxuriously tender and is bathed in a peppery tomato sauce which is loaded with garlic. Crusty sliced bread generously infused with garlic cloves is served on the side. If you decide to complete your meal with an appetizer, the croquetas are an excellent choice: a toasty exterior encloses a rich and creamy interior of milk, butter, and chicken.

After this amazing meal I was almost inclined to head outside and join the colorful Oinkari Basque dancers who were celebrating the annual San Inazio Festival. However, enjoying the food and atmosphere is always a cause for celebration at Bar Gernika any time of year.

What to Eat
Bar Gernika, Beef Tongue
Beef Tongue
Must-Try
The beef tongue is luxuriously tender and the croquetas have a toasty exterior and rich creamy interior. The crusty sliced bread is infused with garlic cloves.
Croquetas
Must-Try
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12pm - 8pm
Wednesday12pm - 8pm
Thursday12pm - 8pm
Friday12pm - 9pm
Saturday12pm - 9pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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