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air Sep 8, 2010 01:59 PM

Making a trip there for business and staying a week. I've started reading up on Basque cuisine and the restaurants in town and I'm already thinking of hitting both Wool Grower's and Noriega Hotel. From a few searches it looks like Bakersfield has plenty of good locally owned eateries, and I will be visiting LA and SF after this trip, so I'm looking for places that are a good representation of the area. What else besides Basque? I'd prefer casual/hole in the wall over high-end/white tablecloth type dining, for both lunch and dinner. Read some great info so far, looking forward to some more ideas!

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

Noriega Hotel
525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

  1. air Sep 21, 2010 09:36 PM

    Forgot to mention that we are staying right by the airport because it was the best Hilton property in the area, but down side is there's nothing out here. This Chico's Tortilla stand does seem interesting and I will grab lunch there at some point this week.

    So far I've had a pastrami sandwich from Sequoia and shrimp with the Mi Tierra (white) sauce at La Costa Mariscos. Very pleased with the food! All of the sandwiches at Sequoia seem like they are made with care and good ingredients, and (at least in DFW) it is really hard to find a quality pastrami sandwich. It's also apparent that La Costa Mariscos takes their seafood seriously. I liked that even though the sauce was labelled as "medium" spicy, it still packed a decent kick. Also enjoyed the fresh table side salsa. I bet they do a really good ceviche (which I regret not ordering).

    I've booked dinner at Noriega Hotel tomorrow, quite excited for lamb stew and prime rib night.

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    Noriega Hotel
    525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

    La Costa Mariscos
    1856 Mentone Blvd Ste C, Mentone, CA 92359

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    1. re: air
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      chris1401 Sep 22, 2010 08:13 AM

      Glad you're enjoying the food. Bakersfield can be a little rough around the edges, especially when you compare it to DFW (where everything seems to be 15 years old or newer). I love the salsa at La Costa Mariscos - it's a great bonus.

      Noriega Hotel should be blast for you. Make sure to get there a few minutes before the seating time and enjoy a Picon Punch from the bar (if you drink). The drink is pretty famous and spawned an article about it: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

      Anyway, let us know if you need any additional recs.

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      Noriega Hotel
      525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

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

      1. re: air
        b
        Bakersfield Hound Sep 23, 2010 07:49 PM

        There is a Hilton Garden Inn just off Rosedale Hiway and Hiway 99. I know it's too late, just a note for possible future trips.
        Danny

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        Hilton Garden Inn
        9241 Laguna Springs Dr, Elk Grove, CA 95758

        1. re: Bakersfield Hound
          air Sep 23, 2010 09:03 PM

          I don't wanna get into specifics for why we chose this particular Hampton by the airport, but all in all, it really seemed like the best choice vs. that HGI or the Doubletree.

          Noriega Hotel was easily the most memorable meal I had all week. I can't think of another meal that compares to this unique experience and it is definitely something you'd only find around here. Very glad that I went over there during lamb stew and prime rib night. To be honest I was more impressed by the pickled beef tongue and their cottage and blue cheese (I asked for multiple plates of these). And I'm also glad I tried out the Picon Punch!

          I stopped by Imbibe Wines and Storage earlier tonight and was very impressed with the store and the beer selection. I haven't been to a place that lets you open a bottle on premises and even more amazed that they had outstanding beers on tap. Not saying that just for Bakersfield, they were very good beers in general (Allagash Black and Cuvee De Jacobins Rouge).

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          Noriega Hotel
          525 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305

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        chris1401 Sep 13, 2010 08:54 AM

        Hey Air,

        After Basque and Sunday brunch at the Crystal Palace, I'd recommend some great Mexican places - La Costa Mariscos, Mexicali, Don Perico's, El Adobe and Senor Pepe.

        There are many other ethnic 'hole-in-the-wall' places like
        Great Castle Chinese Restaurant, Desi Café (Indian) and Blue Elephant (Thai).

        So many great choices in almost all areas of town.

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        Crystal Palace
        3223 Sillect Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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

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        1. re: chris1401
          air Sep 13, 2010 09:20 AM

          Can you be more specific regarding what style Mexican these restaurants serve? I'd love to get some good interior Mexican food, not interested in Cali or Tex Mex sort of styles (I'm coming from Dallas).

          1. re: air
            PolarBear Sep 13, 2010 09:28 AM

            Wondering the same thing, would like to know what each one does best.

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              c
              chris1401 Sep 13, 2010 11:18 AM

              Most of the places I've mentioned serve traditional Mexican fare.

              I lived in Dallas for nearly 15 years and this Mexican food is a lot more 'authentic' than what you'd find at Joe T's or Esparzas in the DFW area.

              La Costa Mariscos is known for its shrimp/seafood dishes - I love the white sauce. My gf loves the mole. The service here is outstanding. Small place, so weekends/lunch hour can be busy.

              Mexicali has some great chicken dishes and drinks.

              Don Perico's - I get their albondiga (meatball) soup.

              El Adobe has been here forever. Has the traditional Mexican dishes. I like their mole.

              If you want Indian food, Desi Cafe has a great, authentic lunch buffet for $8.95 including drink. The food is actually really good, not the normal buffet type stuff.

              1. re: chris1401
                air Sep 13, 2010 04:15 PM

                Thank you for the spot on answer. That type of cuisine is exactly what I'm looking for, hate to admit it, but there's a lack of that in the metroplex. And I fully agree with you on Joe T's and Esparza's.

                And Desi Cafe... North Indian, South?

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                  c
                  chris1401 Sep 13, 2010 04:46 PM

                  Air,

                  My best advice is to check out Desi's menu - I've been there about six times and really enjoy all the dishes I've tried. The garlic naans are amazing (they come with all meals/buffets).

                  http://www.menuclub.com/californiares...

                  Hope this helps.

                2. re: chris1401
                  PolarBear Sep 13, 2010 06:26 PM

                  Chris, thanks for the albondigas reco at DPs.

                  My wife loves mole, might have to check out El Adobe.

                  We fell in love with Tacos de Huicho, do we need to visit LCM for better mariscos? TIA

                  Cheers,

                  Dave

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                  El Adobe
                  31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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              j q rizz Sep 10, 2010 11:24 AM

              Noriega is my favorite.
              The only one where it still has the "boarding house reach" seating.
              Long tables, seating next to strangers that quickly become friends.
              One seating, shared dishes, wine, then blue cheese for dessert.

              1. b
                Bakersfield Hound Sep 9, 2010 06:57 PM

                Depending on where you're staying, for Great sandwiches there's Sequoia Sandwiches, one downtown on 19th street (open for lunch only), one out on Rosedale Hiway about 5 miles West of Hiway 99 (open until 8pm). For Italian there Uricchio's downtown on 17th a block East of Chester Ave. If you're into country, Buck Owen's Crystal Palace has GREAT Chicken Fried Steaks. For Chinese food, there's Bill Lee's Bamboo Chop Sticks on 18th street.
                Danny

                http://uricchios-trattoria.com/
                http://www.buckowens.com/index2.html
                http://www.billlees.com/
                http://www.sequoiasandwich.com/v2/ind...

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

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                  heckonwheels Sep 10, 2010 08:58 PM

                  Love the Crystal Palace but I've found that the CFS is a bit better for Sunday brunch than dinner. They do it very well there because it was Buck's favorite.

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                  Crystal Palace
                  3223 Sillect Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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