There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they stop trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. That is, essentially, what prompted this post, the latest in a series about how to make brunch happen in San Sebastián. Spaniards have a propensity for brunch, when viewed through the broadest of lenses as a meal with eggs around eleven or twelve o'clock. So, although you may not find a Brooklyn-worthy brunch around town, you will find a million egg and potato omelettes and orange juice for days.
It makes sense, then, that my third pic for a brunch spot is a place that has one of the best tortillas (Spanish omelettes) in town: the perfect in-between runny and gooey, intense yellow-orange, with tender bits of potato and onion. They also have their own vermouth, Beltza, which makes a convincing case next to a vermouth superstar like Casa Mariol. Very, very convincing.
And...surprise! They moonlight as a world-famous pintxo bar: A Fuego Negro.
With the same care that they use to craft inside-out fried calamari and baby burgers with ketchup buns, they get together a perfect tortilla and an absolutely delicious vermouth. Then they add a secret ingredient, which played no small part in getting them on this list: a live DJ spinning vinyl on (many a) Sunday.
For the chef/owner Edorta and his socios, music and culture plays a huge role in gastronomy, one that their bar has always embraced.