Friday, September 4, 2015

Go: A desert inn out of time, and not one you've heard of

            If you find yourself driving across northern Nevada on Interstate 80 - and who doesn't eventually? - then get off in Elko.                            

           The state's most famous Basque restaurant among Nevadans hides itself behind the usual chain of horrors that is road travel in America today. The Star Hotel was founded by and for Basques and their progeny who came to this part of the west as sheepherders in the early years of the 20th century. Family style, fresh vegetables wonderfully cooked, beef and chicken amidst mostly regulars who have found themselves fans of Basque culture through the stomach.                                                                 
For more on Basques in Nevada and Idaho, and other inter-mountain travels, see my book The Kingdom in the Country:

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