A weekend plane hop, San Sebastian's tapas scene. So satisfying, there is very little bad food and it is hard to make a mistake. Adventure the streets of old town and pick what looks or smells good. For me, top of the list -- Astelena 1960. Not just for the yummy, yummy, yummy food. It's also a restaurant where the waiters love the dishes so much that they join in and eat the ordering mix ups. And yell at each other like a New York deli, but protect each of their own customers like their kids. At this bar, everything on the counter is raw, point at it, ask what's inside, order it and only then it goes to the kitchen, coming to the table fresh made.
Save this trip as a reward for when you speak enough Spanish to know all your food words. Especially since many to the best pintxos are up on the chalk board and not out on the counter. So, you, the food critic, here's a short list to get you started...but go, go, go, don't let it stop you from trying more! In the old town, east to west: Zeruko, Astelena, La Cepa, Martinez, La Cuchara De San Telmo, Gambara, Gandarias, Alfuego Nero.
By Maia Pay Ozguc
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