I've been traveling to Bakersfield since the 80s several times a year to visit my family there, and grew up eating at Woolgrowers and Benjis.
Recently, I was going to Bakersfield weekly and got to explore a little more and revisit some of my favorite places.
Salty's BBQ: Finally had a chance to visit their location on Rosedale. I remember when this place was called the 'Rib Shack'. Ordered Tri-tip beans, salsa, and some beef ribs. The tritip was a little on the dry side, the beef rib was excellent.
Fuego's Tacos: A popular taco trailer on Rosedale. Tacos were decent but nothing special. The Fuego fries seem to be popular.
Ruben's Mexican Restaurant: Decent Mexican food, I would say their carnitas are a must try.
Loncheria Otro Rollo on White Lane (trailer) : Love this place, some of the best Mexican food around period.
The potato tacos topped with carnitas, lettuce, and chile sauce are a must.
They also do good taquitos and excellent barbacoa tacos .
Recommend ordering ahead, this place gets busy at lunch.
Lot's of good old Bakersfield Basque threads on CH (although the search option does not return as good as results since the revamp)
Here are some of my recent experiences.
Woolgrowers: Still a great place for Basque American food. I've had some inconsitent meals in the past, but lately the food has been good. I always go with the lamb chops or oxtails.
Was talking to the bartender Jose aka JC from the Navarre Basque region. He is making excellent Spanish style chorizo and curing jamon now and sells some to customers.
I took some chorizos home and grilled them up, they were really tasty.
Noriegas: Finally got to try their dinners during the weeknights which I prefer than the fried chicken and bland oxtails they do on Sat.
It's a fun place to eat, but the crowds can get a little too drunk and loud at times.
Tue night: Steak and Chicken Cacciatore
Nice big Ribeye steaks and juicy braised chicken.
Wed night: Prime Rib and Lamb stew
The Prime Rib was excellent while the lamb stew was ok.
Stopped by the Sat farmers market on Brimhall/Calloway .
There was some nice organic options and got a nice cold brew from Rig City coffee. The guy mentioned they are going to open a coffee shop soon.