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Noreiga Hotel 525 Summer Street Bakersfield, California (661) 322-8419

James Beard Award winner 2011

Founded in 1893, this Bakersfield institution, until recently, was a boarding house for immigrant Basque shepherds. Still a center for the local basque community, it continues to offer multi-course meals served up family-style at three shared tables. People gather in the bar before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Evenings, parties are called one by one into the dining room and led to their assigned places at three tables: two seating 32 each and one seating 42 (That's 120 diners!). Dinner changes nightly, but always consists of two entrees and several side dishes. Saturday evening (oxtail stew and fried chicken) and Sunday evening (beef stew and baked chicken) routinely draw the most solo diners.

Neighborhood: East Bakersfield

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