Do the Txikiteo ...: "Do the Txikiteo ..." San Sebastián Restaurant Tip by myriam_c

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The Txikiteo is typical for the Basque area, and especially for Donostia.
What is it?
In fact it's a kind of tapas stroll during which you eat Pinxtos, the Basque version of Spanish tapas, and drink Txakolí. The bars in the pubs are filled up with plates with small servings of any food you can think of. The drink that goes best with it is Txakolí, a slightly sparkling dry white wine (see other tip).
How does it work?
You enter the bar, ask for a plate, pick out what you want to eat (or ask the bartender if it's something that has to be cooked), order a drink, go to the cashier, show your plate and pay. Many pinxtos bars have only a few seatings, so it's perfectly normal to eat your food standing at the bar. After you have finished you walk away, to the next bar where the procedure is to be repeated. And so on until your stomach is fully satisfied.
Where can I find those pinxtos bars?
All over Donostia, but especially concentrated in the Fermin Kalbeton Kalea and surrounding streets.

Favorite Dish: Difficult to tell but I'll give a selection of what we've seen:
-slices of Jamón Iberico
-Manchego cheese
-small stuffed sandwiches
-grilled shrimps in garlic butter
-quail eggs sunny-side-up
-Pata Negra
-anchovies with spider crab
-toast with foie gras or smoked salmon
-stuffed red peppers / mushrooms / artichokes
-cod fillet
-txipiroiak (small squids in black ink sauce)
etc. etc.

Address: Fermin Kalbeton Kalea
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: in the old Donostia
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 22, 2007
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