This just in from Sly’s restaurant, 686 Linden Avenue Carpinteria:


I thought your readers might be interested in our current fixed price menu at Sly’s.
Cuisine of the Basque Country is featured, and it’s still priced at just $35. for three courses, or $55. with wine.

James Sly

St. Jean de Luz on the Basque Coast
Well! We’ve finished Avocado Festival weekend and all that the Festival brings. We can get to back to the more quiet life we’re used to. The big news for the next few weeks is that we are serving one of our favorite fixed price menus at Sly’s – both ours and our customers.

Our Basque menu, celebrating the Cuisine of the Basque Country on the south-west coast of France, contains some of our all time favorites dishes, and never fails to remind Annie and I of some of the great times we’ve spent in St. Jean de Luz, Bayonne, Biarritz, and up in the foothils of the Pyranees.

The Basque people speak their own language, a unique orphan among language families. Their traditional homeland is now divided up between Spain and France. We’re celebrating the cuisine of the French Basque Country. The star of our menu is probably our “mixed” Paella, with homemade chorizo sausage, shrimp, mussels, squid, clams and chicken. Richly seasoned with saffron, it is one of the kings of rice dishes – not to mention one of my wife Annie’s favorites! Other delicious items include a salad of sautéed squid and piquillo peppers, a delicious “piperade” omelet as a first course, roast leg of lamb with stewed garbanzo beans, local black cod steamed and served with brandade stuffed peppers and an olive oil-butter sauce, and we top it off with three terrific desserts.
Our favorite dessert? Hard to say. we like the Flan a bunch – but the Gateau Basque is a stunning dessert. And then there’s that bitter sweet chocolate mousse…


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