The Bilbao-Bizkaia Txapelketa Pintxo Bar Contest has been held since 1997 as part of an initiative to promote bar top hospitality, turning into a fun food activity for all, to sample, savour and be seduced by.
Having become a mark of quality over the years, the distinctive competition sign is displayed in the best pintxo venues in Bilbao, and number of choice venues throughout the province of Bizkaia. The sign announces this annual event held during the months of May and June where there is a select offering of specially prepared finger food cuisine for the event. Marked with a toothpick sized flag, the pintxos are both enjoyed by the public and judged by a panel of gourmets.
TXAPELA DE ORO (GOLD BERET)
GURE TOKI: Plaza Nueva, 12 BILBAO Tel: 944 158 037
PINTXO: Idiazabal soup with eggs, cheese and wild mushrooms.
TXAPELA DE PLATA (SILVER BERET). ACCESIT 1
CRUZ BLANCA: Direccion: Alda Urquijo, 80 BILBAO Tel: 944 273 794
PINTXO: Oxtail in almonds with homemade dumplings.
ORBANEJA: Avda. Agirre Lehendakaria, 2. Basauri Tel: 944 496 932
PINTXO: Surprise baskets flavoured with txakoli.
TXIMINTXE: Basauri, 10. (San Miguel) Basauri Tel: 944 402 553
PINTXO: Grilled octopus with ham cheeks and parmentier.
THOMAS TAVERN: Plaza Solaberria, 1. Basauri Tel: 944 020 842
BEST CLASSIC BAR
CAFÉ BILBAO: Plaza Nueva, 6. (Casco Viejo) Tel: 944 151 671
PINTXO: Garlic and squid croquettes with crab sauce
BEST SPANISH OMELETTE
CAFETERÍA DEL ENSANCHE: Henao, 12, Bilbao Tel: 944 244 075
PINTXO: Spanish Omelette
PREMIO BERLYSBEST PINTXO WITH BREAD
RESTAURANTE VÍCTOR: Plaza Nueva, 2. (Casco Viejo) Tel: 944 151 678
PINTXO: Fresh sautéed vegetables oven cooked with tenderloin tuna fish and double cantabrian anchovies.