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Nov 6, 2006 01:45 AM

Basque in Bakersfield.........Help!

S.O. and I are driving thru Bakersfield Friday on our way to Kings Canyon. Would like to try our hands (mouths) at a Basque dinner. What is the best suggestion. I know there's many places. Woolgrowers seem to be the most popular. Would prefer a dinner with fish and chicken options and not just with meat on the menu.
Also would like to eat "family style".

Thanks in advance....

:) KQ

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  1. Consensus here is Woolgrowers. I have not tried it. There is also Benji's which is on Stockdale Highway, just west of the 99. (Stockdale Hwy is the exit.) It's been a fair number of years since I was there, so I can't give an accurate review, but perhaps someone else can.

    Do you plan to be in town for lunch or dinner?

    As far as I know both are family style.

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    1. re: tavmark

      We plan to arrive for dinner. Woolgrowers surely has the varied menu however, can one sit with others -family style? Thank you for your help! :)KQ

      1. re: tavmark

        I think Benji's is the best. The tongue with garlic sauce, which is part of the "set-up" is to die for. We usually have the lamb, but I've had the scallone (or is it calamari?), and it's very good. We try to stop there every time we travel "99".
        Mrs. FAT T has tried the Woolgrowers and was very disappointed. YMMV.

      2. I think Wool Growers has the best food if you want family style try Noriega but they only have one seating for dinner at 7:00 pm.

        Noriega Hotel
        525 Sumner St, Bakersfield 93305

        Wool Growers Restaurant
        620 E 19th St, Bakersfield 93305

        1. I loved the food at Woolgrowers but it's individual tables, not family style.

          1. Here is a map on the Kern County Basque Club web site showing the locations of the different Basque restaurants in town:

            Note that the Basque Club itself is for members only.

            The last time I was at Pyrenees, they had family style dining. I believe it was a set menu (meaning no choice) and you passed everything to others around the table.

            As for a varied menu, try Chalet Basque:
            It's not family style dining but they have fish and chicken dishes on the menu. Make sure you take note of the "extras" you get with the dinner menu (top right on the menu page). It's usually called "The Start-up" and can be a meal in itself.

            1. I say Benji's, which has a great set up like Woolgrowers, get ready for lots of food. Benji's , I know offers fish and shrimp on their entree menu. Noriega's is great for food and atmosphere, you sit at long tables with other diners, but usually only have a few choices for entrees, each night something different.

              Benji's, 4001 Rosedale Hwy. (805) 328-0400, 11:30-2 W-M 5:30-9:30 W-M

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              1. re: prezcleanplateclub

                I apologize. My address was wrong. Benji's is at Rosedale Hwy. Rosedale is two exits north of the Stockdale exit. (I am always saying one but meaning the other.)