Sandwich of the Week: Bar Gernika Basque Pub’s Lamb Grinder

A Basque classic in Boise, Idaho
Bar Gernika

The lamb grinder from Bar Gernika Basque Pub in Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho, might not be the place you’d expect to find a traditional Basque pub, nor one of the best sandwiches in existence. But there they are, right on South Capitol Boulevard. There’s actually quite a large Basque population in Boise.

Bar Gernika Basque Pub is a no-frills bar and restaurant with just about nothing in the way of décor, but their Lamb Dip, and its cousin the Lamb Grinder, speak for themselves. A locally baked French roll with a soft interior and crispy crust is piled with sliced leg of lamb and served simply with a cup of lamb jus on the side for the dip, but ordering the Grinder really puts it over the top. It gets a topping of grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms, which is all covered in a layer of Swiss cheese.

There’s a reason why this place has been around for 20 years, and this lamb sandwich is a big part of it (it’s also been named the Idaho State Sandwich, just sayin’). And don’t forget to get a side order of creamy croquetas. 



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