Pintxo Astearteak (Tapa Tuesdays)

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For today's Tapa Tuesday I am taking us to Bilbao, to the old town and its array of vintage and modern pintxo bars.

Xukela is a classic on the Bilbao pintxo route. Founded in 1982, it has that family-owned feel, with nary an empty wall space to rest your gaze. It’s worth noting, this may be your only chance ever to try rooster comb, and it’s definitely your best—Xukela’s famous cresta pintxo pairs the comb with an oyster mushroom, skewered onto a piece of baguette. The rest of the food offering leans toward the classic.  The bartenders pride themselves on their “prepared” vermouth, so give them a chance to shake up your beverage order a bit.

xukela ::: cresta de gallo (rooster comb with mushroom)

C/del Perro 2
Bilbao, Spain, 48005