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Noriega's is a Spanish Basque restaurant, originally opened in 1893 and taken over by the Elizalde family in 1931. The dinners are served 'family style' meaning you share a big plate of food with the people next to you at a very long table. There are 3 long tables that seat about 300 people total.
Remember to call a few days ahead to make your reservation since they tend to fill up pretty fast on Saturdays. Remember to add your name to Justin's reservation if you want to be seated with the group.
Dinner starts at 7:00 P.M. and there are various courses served, including 2 entrees. The menu is set by the day of the week. For example: They serve fried chicken covered in garlic butter and oxtail stew on Saturday nights. The meal starts with soup, beans, salsa, salad, blue cheese, free bottle of wine (shared), pickled tongue, sourdough bread and butter, and the cold vegetable of the day. I think potato salad is the cold veggie on Sat. Then comes the rest of the meal plate by plate: first entree, french fries, spaghetti, the hot veggie, the second entree then the desert. The hot veggie and desert on Sat. is steamed broccoli covered in a white sauce (similar to ranch dressing) and a scoop of ice cream.
I know, that seems like a lot of food but it's all you can eat for $20. If you've never been, my best advice to you is: remember to try small amounts so you will be able to try everything without being overwhelmed. You can always grab more of something later if you really like it. It's all you can eat so don't be afraid to ask for more of a certain item(s) if your shared plate runs out.