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What's good in Bakersfield besides Basque?

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I'm going to be spending a fair bit of time in Bakersfield over the next three or four weeks, and I'm pretty sure I couldn't eat Basque every night. Anybody got any recommendations for reasonably priced (say, sub-$20 entrees) places? I'll be staying near downtown, but I will have a car. Also...any places in particular that I should avoid? Thanks!

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  1. If you like County and Western then Buck Owens Crystal Palace is a good start for dinner. For Italian there Luigi's for Lunch 11:00 am to 2:30 om. Uricchio's for dinner is wonderful. For sandwiches there Sequoia Sandwich, great sandwiches. On the more expensive side there's Café Med for Middle Eastern food. Also on Middle eastern is Flames and Skewers, www.flameandskewers.com. Luigi's, Uricchio's, Sequoia and Flames and Skewers are close to each other off Chester and 17th Street area. If you need that Basque feed then Wool Growers or the Basque Hotel are the bill of fare.
    Danny

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

    Cafe Med
    4809 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309

    Sequoia Sandwich - downtown
    1231 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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

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

    1. agree with Bakersfield Hound but also try:

      Moo Creamery - homemade ice cream, great burgers and salads.

      Great Castle (near Downtown)
      410 Union Ave
      Bakersfield, CA 93307
      (661) 325-3311
      - very good chinese, mapo tofu, salt & pepper shrimp, cold sesame noodles.

      La Costa Mariscos (near Downtown) 716 21st St
      Bakersfield, CA 93301
      (661) 322-2655
      - Mexican seafood.

      Thai House - one of the best Thai restaurants in Bakersfield.

      J's Place - excellent soul/southern food, catfish, fried chicken, etc.

      Elaine's Cafe & Market (Downtown)
      1717 20th St
      Bakersfield, CA 93301
      (661) 869-2233
      www.elainescafeandmarket.com
      - Bakersfield's only vegan restaurant.

      Mama Roomba (Downtown) - Carribean, jerk chicken, great sweet potato fries,

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      Mama Roomba
      1814 Eye St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

      Thai House
      5143 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

      Moo Creamery
      4885 Truxtun Ave Suite B, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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      1. re: badseed

        more links

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        Sequoia Sandwich Co
        9160 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93312

        24th Street Cafe
        1415 24th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Flame & Skewers Mediterranean
        1201 24th St Ste C110, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Flame & Skewers Mediterranean Restaurant
        5482 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

        Guild House Gourmet Luncheons
        1905 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Great Castle Chinese Restaurant
        410 Union Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307

        Los Tacos De Huicho
        123 E 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

        La Costa Mariscos
        716 21st St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Maxwell's T L Maxwell's Restaurant & Bar
        1421 17th Pl, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        Sandrini's Restaurant
        1918 Eye St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

        K C Steak House
        2515 F St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

      2. Yeah, these are the kinds of recs for which I had hoped! Thanks, Bakersfield Hound and badseed! Any others?

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        1. re: ricepad

          There's a Pho place on Union (like 3rd and Union I think).

          (My usual recs are Luigi's for lunch and Cafe med for dinner. If I think of others I post back.)

        2. I like the Crystal Palace too, but it probably will be more than $20 when all is said and done, especially if you see a show...which I highly recommend.

          Bakersfield is home to my favorite taco place in the world at the moment. Tacos de Huicho on 18th Street, just east of Union (look for the bright green building) has the best spit roasted Al Pastor I've ever had and it's only 99 cents per taco. Also recommended are the fish tacos, the tripas, and the sopes. They have an awesom salsa bar, you've got to try their guacamole-based salsa. They have a full bar but the drinks, other than beer, underwhelm me. What we like to do is go to Mexicali (two blocks west on 18th) for the margaritas in their dark, little bar and head to Huichos for food afterward (or visa versa).

          Be sure to have some ice cream and candy at Dewar's.