Enjoy Restaurants in Basque Country, Bakersfield
In the late 1800s, Basque sheepherders from the Spanish and French Pyrenees settled in Bakersfield to begin a new life. Although history books often refer to these immigrants as Spanish because their historic homeland is in part of northern Spain and southwestern France, the Basques call themselves by one name only – Basque. Their language ‘Euskara’ is unrelated to any other language on Earth. Ideally suited for raising sheep and ranching, California’s Central Valley has one of the largest Basque communities in the United States. The cultural identity of the early Basque immigrants lives on in the many Basque restaurants to be found in Bakersfield.
Customarily Basque meals are a multi course feast, served family style at long trestle tables. Guests are generally presented first with the ‘set-up’, a generous offering of bread, soup, beans, salsa, pickled tongue, vegetables, French fries, and spaghetti. Next one can choose from hearty entrees including lamb, chicken, and seafood or the entrée of the evening.
Basque Restaurants in Bakersfield
- Benji’s French Basque Restaurant – Try traditional Basque cuisine, including unique dishes like pickled tongue & frog legs. Find Benji’s at 4001 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or call (661) 328-0400 for more information.
- Chalet Basque Restaurant – Longtime, casual Basque bar & eatery offering communal seating for family-style steak & seafood meals. Chalet Basque is located at 200 Oak St, Bakersfield, CA 93304. Call (661) 327-2915 for more information.
- Pyrenees Café – Unfussy bar & dining room serving Basque cuisine & American fare, with live music and a patio. You’ll find Pyrenees Café at 601 Sumner St, Bakersfield, CA 93305. Call (661) 323-0053 for more information.
- Wool Growers Restaurant – Family-owned Basque eatery and cocktail lounge serving roasted meats and other regional fare since 1954. Visit Wool Growers at 620 E 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93305 or call (661) 327-9584 for more information.
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