In the mountains of Basque Country, a mere 15-20 minutes from the sophisticated tapas of San Sebastian you get these simple cheap restaurants that serve up correspondingly simple — but pretty tasty fare.
This post is actually a composite of 2-3 places which I’ve put together to show the typical (hearty) dishes.
Often you get some salami on the table. This one was tasty, and certainly tasted of the pig. A little spice in it too.
Croquetas. These are the Jamon filled variety. A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, mashed potatoes and Jamon, maybe cheese, and mixed with béchamel. Even bad ones are pretty tasty. Good ones are great.
Fish soup. This hearty soup of shellfish shells and whatnot is delicious. It’s very similar (if not the same) to the similar soup in Southern France — and given that I found this one in Spain all of about 10km from the French border, I don’t find that exactly surprising.
Or the fried whole goat cheese salad!
The stuff at these places isn’t fancy or terribly varied, but it is hearty, tasty, and a good deal.