Originally Posted by A Y
I think any truly crappy town has to be far away enough from other places so it's not too easy to escape. That would probably mean one of those towns in the middle of IE, or something in the central valley. But isn't the default answer always Bakersfield?
BTW, what Basque restaurant in Bakersfield do you guys recommend? I'm going to be in the area in a couple of weeks.
B'field is close enough to LA and SB that it's not sufficiently remote.
The big name basque places are (or were) the Noriega Hotel, the Woolgrowers, Benji's, and Pyrenees.
The most old world traditional time warpy place is the Noriega Hotel, long tables, you will be seated next to strangers, food served family style.
Woolgrowers is the "white tablecloth" place but none of these places are fine dining.