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Sep 1, 2008 12:36 PM

Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

A small group of foodies from L.A. are determined to invade Bakersfield for a weekend of discovery. We are looking for fresh authentic foods that highlight the best of local cuisine. We are open for anything from high-end gastronomy to family-style dining to hole in the wall finds that include deli-fare, juice bars, bakeries, ice cream stores. We are more than willing to taste cheese, wines, olives, honeys, you name it.
We are seeking food adventure and welcome any help you can give us in making our tour a memorable one.

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  1. Welcome to Bakersfield. For Italian there's Luigi's at 725 E. 19th Street in Old town. They have a deli and restaurant with the restaurant open 11:00 to 2:30 pm. Tuesday to Saturday . Another Italian restaurant in downtown at 1400 17th Street. West of Luigi's is the Wool Growers Basque restaurant and the Noriega Hotel around the cornor on Summer and Tulare Streets. There's also Benji's Basque Restaurant on Rosedale Hiway just West of Hiway 99. For BBQ there's Champs BBQ at Hiway 65 and 7th Standard Road, now called Merle Hagard Way . For ice cream it has to be Dewars, 2 locations, one at California Ave and Eye street and at Calloway and Hagman Road in the Save Mart shopping center. Sandwiches would have to Sequoia Sandwich Shop, on Rosedale Hiway in the Noirthwest Promiade shopping center, open everyday until 8 pm.
    For now.......

    1. Noriega's or Woolgrowers for Basque. You can google for both for menus.

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      1. re: Gail

        I completely agree with Luigi's and Dewars. For higher end dinner my suggestion is Cafe Med on Stockdale Highway. There's also a good pho place on Union.

        1. re: tavmark

          While driving to Fresno from L.A., I went in search of cheap fuel and stumbled upon the Pho Vy and Little Saigon restaurants in a new Asian shopping center at 333 Union Street, just north of Hwy 58. This is a short jog east of Hwy. 99. There is also a croissant bakery and an Asian supermarket here but I did not visit them. This is part of town that is undergoing renovation and it was nice to see the new buildings. The Asian cuisine was a nice change from the usual freeway fare and I found the cheap fuel at Union and 58.

          I also recently dined at the Chalet Basque, 200 Oak Street, family style dining, Decent food and a whole lot of it, nothing exotic.

          1. re: fresnohotspot

            The pho place mentioned by Fresnohotspot is the one I was referring to.

      2. Well, you’ve picked the right place to come to for authentic, locally owned restaurants and eateries. Bakersfield is known for its dining experiences that can only be found here. Craving Mexican food check out:

        La Costa Mariscos
        716 21st St
        Bakersfield, CA 93301
        (661) 322-2655

        631 18th St
        Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Mauricio's Grill & Cantina
        10700 Rosedale Hwy
        Bakersfield, CA 93312

        Basque has been covered by previous posters

        Italian food:

        Uricchio's Trattoria
        1400 17th St.
        Bakersfield, CA 93301

        725 E 19th St
        Bakersfield, CA 93305

        Frugatti's Italian Eatery
        600 Coffee Rd. Ste. L
        Bakersfield, CA 93309

        There are really so many more we could mention. Dessert lovers should head to Dewars or Rosemary’s.

        If you need more assistance on finding dining in Bakersfield, give the Visitors Bureau a call toll free at 1-866-425-7353 or go to

        1. Dewars is awesome! Great chews to take home with you, and great ice cream and ice milk to enjoy in the valley heat.

          Definitely try Basque food. Chalet Basque is sort of a hangout spot. I would eat at one of the other recommended restaurants (Wool Growers, Benji's)

          1. Here’s my list of favorite Bakersfield restaurants:

            Mama Roomba – Caribbean
            Try the jerk chicken, sweet potato fries, empanadas


            Wool Growers
            Pickled tongue and all the food is very good.

            Family style Basque


            Pretty decent red sauce italian

            Luigi’s – lunch only
            Old italian deli.

            J’s Place – Southern/Soul Food
            Try chicken & waffles, catfish on weekends, dirty rice, chocolate pie.

            Coming from LA, I don’t think it’s worth trying any of the Vietnamese, Thai, or Chinese. Although some of the chinese food is very retro, so if you’re looking for chop suey, chow mein, or egg foo yong try Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks. They have something called “coolie chows”.

            Also, most Mexican restaurants seem to be pretty americanized, mostly combination plates with crispy tacos - but still good.

            Westchester Bowl
            Try the fish & chips.

            The Orchid – Asian fusion
            Some pretty good dishes but consistency seems to be a problem. Nice wine bar.

            Dewar’s Candy & Ice Cream


            Tony’s Pizza, chile verde pizza

            John’s Pizza, this is a kids all you can eat pizza place, it’s not very good but they do have a peanut butter pizza.

            Country Food:

            Hodel’s – all you can eat

            Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace
            Steaks, chicken fried steak, live music on weekends

            Also, Kern County Fair – Sept 17 -28:

            If you like Sonic, there are a bunch in Bakersfield.

            For more events:

            There’s a great old LA Weekly article by jonathan gold:

            There's a relatively new vegan restaurant - Elaine's Cafe.
            A very limited menu but the ice cream is pretty good.

            also, Cafe Med, Jake's Tex Mex, Garden Spot, Valentin, Coconut Joe's Island Grill, Tom's Famous Burgers, Tam O 'Shanter, 24th Street, Red Pepper, Grandview Asian

            Wool Growers Restaurant
            620 E 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

            Noriega Hotel
            525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

            Dewar's Candy Shop
            1120 Eye St, Bakersfield, CA 93304

            Dewar's Candy Shop
            9530 Hageman Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93312

            Uricchio's Trattoria
            1400 17th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

            Tony's Pizza
            4130 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

            Westchester Bowl Coffee Shop
            1819 30th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

            Luigi's Restaurant & Deli
            725 E 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

            Bill Lee's Bamboo Chopsticks
            1203 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

            5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308

            J's Place
            5141 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

            Orchid Thai Fusion Cusine
            9500 Brimhall Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93312

            John's Incredible Pizza Co
            3709 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93308

            Buck Owen's Crystal Palace
            2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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            1. re: badseed

              I believe Valentin moved to Santa Barbara, where it is now Petit Valentin in La Arcada Court on State Street and very well recommended. (2014)