Best Indian food in Socal is in [Bakersfield]

I was sort of wondering about that based on this discussion… For people who immigrated to the US decades ago, they may have a relatively static idea of what their native food “should” taste like (esp if they don’t visit their home country very often or have a steady influx of new immigrants over the yrs). Of course, food preferences and prep can change fairly dramatically in the native country, so the “new” stuff may taste rather different from the old.

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So bomb

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Details?

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Yep, they nailed it just right for the neighborhood. And there’s plenty of spice to be had… you just have to order it.

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Weird experience to be sure, but I agree this is the best Punjabi food I’ve had in SoCal.

Thanks for this gem @Eater15! Got the daal, muttar paneer and a stack of roti up to my chin. Best part was the pickle though. Should have asked for more mango.

Came before dinner time so only had all-veg options. Really nice lady working and the shade structure, misters and swamp cooler all helped to mitigate the 100 plus heat.

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Thanks for the update. Just trying to figure out exactly what the above means. Were they out of meat options for the day, or is it just that they don’t serve meat dishes during in-between hours, or something else?

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They said they’d have chicken at 7pm but it was 5pm when I got there. I get the sense that what they may have on any given day is pretty variable.

Basically I think you need to go there totally open minded and without expectations. They didn’t have a menu when I went and spent a bit of time trying to figure out what they could serve us. But the kindness of the young woman was memorable and the food was very good. No restrooms, I peed on the side of the highway. The fact that this place is discussed on this site is evidence of what an incredibly obsessive food site this is. I think I am an obsessive eater but some people on this site win the prize.

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Three of us are going out to Bakersfield tomorrow hoping for a walk-in vaccine. We are two adults + one teen.

Afterwards I had thought of this place + maybe Dewar’s. We’re driving from Eagle Rock, and can stop anywhere on the way back. All good vibes and suggestions welcome. I’m a little curious about the brisket place, too.

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would highly recommend this spot. Also love Loncheria Otro Rollo, and Dionysus brewing is very solid if you want a beer (unsure of their pandemic setup, haven’t been since 2019 or so).

Good luck getting the jab! A friend was able to get it this way a couple days ago.

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We did this (shot + Punjabi Dhaba in that order). The food was great and the woman was nice. One word of warning in case it affects your route, but no one in the little truck was wearing a mask. I’m going to assume they all got the jab already, and it’s been more than a week since I ate there and I’m fine.

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Unfortunately working in Bakersfield once a week these days. Finally found myself under 10 miles from here so i had to finally go. I have zero clue what i got. Something with tofu. Got a samosa and I don’t know what was all over it, but it was fucking incredible. Both dishes incredible. Way too much food for one, but worth the detour to the truck.
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Yeah!! I went here beginning of the month after my CSUB Covid shot. My driving companions are very patient with my wanderings, we got A LOT of food that was all a similar color, but all delicious. We also got the samosa with indeterminate toppings and loved it.

Afterwards we went to https://calmzoo.org/. Zoos are not my bag usually, but this one has a stronger rescue mission, so there are animals who have traumatic injuries (several one-winged birds).

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Cheese curd, not tofu i think

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Yeah, probably paneer.

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Probably. I am sorry I am not the most familiar with Indian, Usually so basic. But i will be making it a regular visit on my weekly work days there.