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Bakersfield, CA Recommendations?

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The recent posts on Basque in Bakersfield remind me
that I will be attending a conference in Bakersfield in
about 3 weeks--anyone have any other "must-munch"
recommendations?

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    jonathan gold

    My favorite Mexican place, serving Apatzangan-style machaca with the best freshly made tortillas I've
    ever tasted, unfortunately closed down a couple of years ago, and I haven't been able to track down the
    chef.

    There is an amazing Italian-American place called Lemucci's (unless it's Luigi's) that has been around
    since 1903 or something and is actually far more old-fashioned than anything you'll find in NY or SF,
    the utterly authentic food of Italian peasants suddenly transplanted to a land where olive oil is
    considered exotic. A little bland, but definitely worth the trip. And for more bland authenticity in
    antique surroundings, the Arizona (in the Basque district) has pretty remarkable 1930-style
    Mexican-American food.