GGG Restaurant Review: Txoko

Hi lovelies! I’m so excited to share that I got to visit the new LOFT store last night and it is gorgeous! Tomorrow is going to be so much fun and I hope that some of you can join me for my party at the San Francisco store! If you’d like to come, please rsvp at: loftgirlevents.com and please be sure to come up and introduce yourself!

Last week, my friend Katie and I decided to check out Txoko, a new-ish restaurant in North Beach in San Francisco. Though North Beach is the Italian district, I have found that some of my favorite restaurants there are the non-Italian ones, so when I heard about Txoko, a Basque restaurant, I knew I had to try it.

After finally finding the restaurant (scaffolding and the fact that it was nestled between some less than nice establishments made it hard to find) we settled in and were excited to spend the evening eating good food and catching up.

The menu was divided in 3 sections- small bites (1-2 bites), small plates (appetizer portion) and big plates. I have to admit that the menu was a little out there for me but since I’m working on trying new foods, I looked at as a growing experience. Plus, throw in a glass of wine and a girlfriend and I’m game! 🙂

We started with the Txiki cheese plate that was served with a roasted carrot salad, frisee and pine nuts. The cheese was similar in texture to my favorite Manchengo, but with a slightly less strong flavor. It was delicious on warm crusty bread and my only complaint was that there wasn’t more!

We then moved on to small bites and had the Wood Oven Roasted Piquillo Peppers with chevre, roasted garlic and marinated piquillo peppers, Local Squid A La Plancha with black olive, potatoes, pimenton, spinach and the Mushroom Empanada with Hen of the Woods (a mushroom), Chanterelle, Sweet Onions, Manchego and Rosemary. I enjoyed all three dishes (even the squid!) but the standout was by far the mushroom empanada in a flaky crust with the most delicious mushroom filling.

Then it was onto the small plates! Although the above were delicious, we both were ready for some bigger bites! We selected the Radicchio A La Plancha with persimmon, ricotta, spinach, almonds and sherry vinaigrette. I had no idea that I even liked pomegranate seeds or persimmons until I tasted this salad but I am now a fan of both! It was refreshing while still being fall-like and the perfect main course.

And then because the waitress informed us that we needed at least one filling dish, we went for the Caulifower Arroz with shishito peppers, Hen of the Woods and Chanterelles. Oh my gosh, was this amazing! It had a risotto like consistency and was creamy but not overpowering…. and I couldn’t even taste the caulifower!

All in all, the food was great but the company was what made the meal! I really enjoyed Txoko, but with so many great restaurants to try in SF, it’s hard to go back to the same one twice! As you can tell, we went mostly Vegetarian for our meal, but if you are a meat eater/more adventurous, there are many more options! I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, different kind of meal and a new experience!

Questions:

-Have you ever had Basque food?

-What would you have ordered?

-What’s a food that you were surprised to find that you liked?

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6 thoughts on “GGG Restaurant Review: Txoko

  1. Wow! Basque sounds like such an interesting cuisine! I’ve never even knew that it was it’s own genre of eatery, let alone had the opportunity to try it myself. Look at you, tryin’ all these new and fancy things 😉

  2. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Spanish food–especially that from the Basque region! Tapas restaurants are my absolute favorite! I wish I’d known about this place when I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Forget Foodbuzz; you better believe I would have been at Txoko!

    I actually lived in Boise, Idaho during middle school and high school, and surprisingly, Boise has the largest Basque population outside of the Basque region of Spain! There are lots of Basque restaurants in the city, and I had many Basque friends who introduced me to the cuisine. One of my favorite events every summer is the Basque festival, which features dancing, music, and of course lots of amazing food! I always order croquettas, which are basically balls of fried dough. So indulgent, but SO good.

    Okay, have I made it obvious enough that I love all things Basque? Haha. ;-p Reading this post just made me so happy!

    I hope you had lots of fun at the Loft event! Wish I could have been there! xoxo

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