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Saturday, Jun 29 2013 10:42 PM

Basqueing in Bakersfield's booze

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    By LA Weekly

    LA Weekly reviews Picon Punch served at three Bakersfield Basque restaurants.

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By BAKOSPHERE

LA Weekly loves to rave about Bakersfield's ethnic cuisine and the publication is taking yet another spin through town, this time sharing tips on something with a truly local flavor: picon punch.

Reviewer Lesley Jacobs Solmonson says the traditional Basque drink packs a punch but notes that locals know it simply as a "Picon."

"Bako's Basque community is fiercely loyal -- to each other and to the tradition of sipping Picon Punch," Solmonson notes. "If you happen to find yourself day-tripping or driving through town, you would be well served stopping by for a hearty Bako Basque meal (at noon and 7 sharp); if food isn't in the cards, at least swing by for some bibulous nourishment at one or all of the local favorites -- Wool Growers, Pyrenees and the Noriega Hotel."

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