San Sebastian is a world-class food destination, so pretty much anything you eat here is going to be delicious. The city is known for its experimental nature so keep an open mind and your curiosity will be rewarded. If you're looking for a taste of authentic Basque food the following ingredients and dishes are a great place to start.
Locally grown Guindilla chillies are sweet with a slight spicy kick. Dig into a pile of them fried, covered in sea salt in the style of Padron Peppers, or try the pickled version that you'll find adorning a variety of pintxo.
Anchovies from Biscay are some of the best in the world. The cold waters give them extra fat that makes them tender and sweet. You'll find them in many bars and dishes around San Sebastian - both pickled and salt cured.
The most flavourful steak you're likely to eat. Coming from aged Basque cows the flavour is much more intense than other steak, with a streak of bright yellow fat running up the meat. Best cooked over charcoal or wood.
Near the harbour you'll find several restaurants serving freshly grilled turbot (erreboiloa), sardines (sardina), razor clams and a variety of other seafood usually offloaded from a day-boat a couple of hours before.
The forests and hills around San Sebastian offer some great foraging opportunities. Try the local wild mushrooms simply fried with an egg yolk on top to mix through (or scrambled eggs if you prefer).
One of the original Basque drinks dating from around the 12th Century. Poured from a great height to help aerate it and improve the flavour. For the full experience visit one of the Sagardotegi (cider-house) in the hills around the town.
Crustless caramelised / burnt cheescake with a subtle vanilla flavour and incredible soft oozy texture. Made from the local Idiazabal sheep's milk cheese.