California Chowhounds -
I'm a musician who will be playing in the 4 cities named above later this week. I'll be flying into LAX, driving to Bakersfield, and playing once in each city on 4 consecutive nights. The challenge - make it a Chowhound experience! I've been searching this board, so I have some ideas, but I'm looking for advice as far as: 1) places to stop on the way to each destination - mostly breakfast or lunch - not too far off the beaten path, as I'm travelling with semi-grumps; 2) places to eat IN each city - possibly those open late at night, for those post-gig dining experiences; 3) anything unique to the region(s), or absolutely "not-to-be-missed." We like BBQ, (Tex) Mexican, soul/southern, spicy, etc. but are open to anything and everything. Suggestions? Thanks in advance, Cal-hounds!