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There are many people in Nevada that are of Basque descent, especially in the agricultural areas of the state. Villa Basque Deli and Cafe is located in Carson City, the state capitol, not far from downtown, and the capitol building. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch of Basque, Mexican and American cuisine, and includes a deli that showcases in-house made chorizo, tamales and more.  This was a restaurant that I couldn't resist...

As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Villa Basque Deli and Cafe is located in Carson City, on the appropriately-named Basque Way.  The restaurant is quite large inside, as it features the main dining room, window to the kitchen, and the deli case.  To reach the main dining room, you actually walk through a more formal dining room, which wasn't seated at the time of my visit.

Photo:  It's 07:00 in the morning, Friday, July 01, 2016, and I'm ready for breakfast.  I've walked through the formal dining room and entered the main dining room.  The kitchen is to the right, and the deli counter is in the extreme rear, center of the photo.  The gal at the right of the photo is busy texting, as I noticed she received take-out orders.  Villa Basque offers in-house dining, take-out and catering.

Photo:  If you can't get enough chorizo or tamales during your visit to this fine restaurant, there is a deli at the rear of the restaurant that is sure to pique your interest.  The deli includes...

*  In-house made chorizo links, or bulk.  Regular or spicy
*  Six varieties of in-house made tamales, including, naturally, chorizo
*  Deli food, condiment and other imports from Spain
*  Many varieties of pepper jelly
*  Basque sheep cheese
*  Deli meats, imported from Spain and Portugal
*  Several varieties of imported Portuguese olive oil

The chorizo and the tamales really grabbed my attention, but by the time I finished eating breakfast, I totally forgot about the deli!  Silly me...

Photo:  View of the dining room from the rear of the restaurant, near the deli.  The waiter to the left of the photo was handling wait duties, and was very busy, and very fast.  When my breakfast arrived, he was in and out in a flash, so I didn't get to snap his photo with my breakfast, or catch his name.

Photo:  The window to the kitchen, near the center of the restaurant.  Note the old fashioned order wheel, and when I received my check, it was had printed on one of those little order pads, like I remember as a kid in the 1960's.  The only "modern" appliance is a digital cash register, late 1980's vintage.  Villa Basque Deli and Cafe is definitely "old school," but that's a real plus in my book.

Photo:  I asked my waiter to snap my photo, and he readily agreed, thanks.  If he wasn't so speedy, I'm sure that he would have allowed me to snap his photo, as he brought my breakfast to my table.

Photo:  I agonized over the menu, as everything Mexican or Basque looked amazing!  If you're not adventurous, there are many American items on the breakfast menu.  I finally decided on the "Vaquero," as it looked amazing, and I couldn't find any reason not to "go for it!"

The "Vaquero" breakfast includes two in-house made chorizo links.  If you're used to Mexican-style chorizo, served in Mexican restaurants, you'll be in for a surprise as this is Spanish-style chorizo, which differs dramatically from Mexican chorizo.  You get two eggs - cooked any style - over easy, in my case.  Then... the tamale.  You can choose between pork, chorizo or chicken - naturally, I chose chorizo - and it's topped with chili beans, cheese and avocado slices.  Have you ever seen a breakfast like this?

The breakfast was both exotic and amazingly delicious!  The eggs, chili beans, tamale, cheese and avocado were fantastic!  However the star of the show was the chorizo, as it's very different from Mexican chorizo, but it's just as delicious, only in a very different way.  This truly was a breakfast to remember...

My breakfast was amazing!  Today was my first time to enjoy a Basque breakfast, and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to enjoy such a delicious breakfast.  Villa Basque Deli and Cafe is a unique jewel, and if you appreciate fine food, this outstanding restaurant will be the highlight of your visit to Carson City.

Villa Basque Deli and Cafe
730 Basque Way
Carson City, NV 89706
775 884-4451

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