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3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803(321)972-8852
Txokos Basque Kitchen is owned and operated by husband and wife team Chef Henry and Michele Salgado. They opened Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach, FL and have had much success there with Henry being twice nominated for a James Beard award. In keeping to his Spanish roots, Henry wanted to open a restaurant focusing on the cuisine of Basque country in Northern Spain.
The restaurant is located at the East End Market which has garnered much success and popularity. Salgado draws inspiration and provisions from the garden located at the market as well as seafood from the Florida coasts. The menu is updated every few days to reflect what is currently seasonal as well as continually offering a few staples such as the Jamon and house-marinated olives. The restaurant offers strictly wines from Spain as well as a list of beers and hand crafted cocktails. On the weekend, they offer a wonderful Spanish influenced brunch menu as well.
The dishes served are focused on pinxtos, or small plates but they do offer a section of platos or larger entrees as well. I tend to lean towards the seafood selections and especially liked the Black Mussels prepared steamed in lemon juice, pimento, chorizo, jamon, and gigante beans as well as the Calamari a la Plancha which was cast-iron griddled with tinta vinaigrette, scallion oil, and tomato garlic relish. And you can never go wrong with their version of Patatas Bravas (fried Yukon Golds tossed in spicey Manchego mornay) or the Porcini Salted Fries.
The atmosphere is casual and inviting and the price point is approachable for any occasion. We recommend taking a stroll through the market before dining and sampling a local draft beer or dine early and do the market after while sipping a drip coffee or espresso from Lineage Coffee. The market is the only place too buy quality bread in Orlando from Olde Hearth Bread Company, a CIA grad who scientifically found a way to make great bread in this environment with crappy water.