The Historic Restaurant In Nevada Where You Can Still Experience The State’s Traditional Basque Roots
In the 19th Century, Basque immigrants, from an area along the Spanish-French border, came to Nevada to
mine for gold, and later to herd sheep in the northern part of the state. The warm, vibrant culture of these people became an integral part of Nevada’s personality. There are many places today where you can enjoy Basque food, drink, and culture, but this Basque restaurant in Reno is something special.
Louis’ Basque Corner was opened in 1967 by Louis and Lorraine Erreguible in honor of their own Basque heritage. Louis’ experience as a chef combined with his love of Basque cuisine show in this place that has become a Reno tradition.
The location was originally the Lincoln Hotel, built in 1906, and was renovated to create the restaurant.
Early Basque hotels in the state were essentially boarding houses for immigrant Basque workers, generally located over bars and restaurants. The men would dine communally in the evenings, a tradition that is kept alive at Louis’ Basque Corner.
With recipes and communal dining rooted deeply in Basque culture, the restaurant offers something special, a delicious home-style meal and a chance to step back and experience a significant part of Nevada’s history.
The upper floor of the building used to be boarding rooms for Basque workers. It was renovated and is now a banquet dining room for private parties.
Picon Punch, the signature drink at Louis’, is made with a bitter orange liquor and is also known as the “Basque Cocktail.” The spirit, called Amer Picon, was invented by a Frenchman in 1837 and was made into a punch by the Basques who came to stay and work in Nevada.
Although Picon Punch is a local favorite, the bar also makes several other Signature drinks, including Kalimotxo, Winnemucca Coffee, and Basque Beer.
The menu also features a variety of red and white wine, including three Spanish Whites, as well as a house white and house red.
Meals are served in the traditional Basque family style. Guests choose their entree (or no entree) and receive a full meal including soup, bread, Basque beans, salad, French fries, first course, and a glass of wine.
Traditional dinners include authentic Basque dishes like shrimp and tongue Basquaise, tripe, and oxtails.
Authentic Basque baked beans are a traditional staple of every meal and are served in a little cauldron for everyone to fill their own bowl.
New York and sirloin steaks, as well as traditional lamb chops and fresh fish, are available as entrees.
History and culture characterize every part of the restaurant, from the servers’ authentic Basque costumes to the black-and-white historical photos and memorabilia throughout.
Louis’ Basque Corner claims the title of “Reno’s most unique dining experience,” and we agree. This is one very memorable meal.
Have you been to Louis’ Basque Corner? If you are a fan of Basque food and family-style dining, we would love to hear about your favorite Basque restaurant and dishes! Find all the information you need about Louis’ on the
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Address: 301 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512, USA