Stitch and Bear

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Buck Owen's Crystal Palace, Bakersfield

We were staying overnight in Bakersfield, California while en route to Las Vegas. A low, grey fog had surrounded our car for most of our trip inland from Big Sur to Bakersfield and we arrived in a somewhat glum mood. We were staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel which turned out to be a hotel decorated slightly behind the times (think 1990s) but with the largest, most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. Plus they brew Starbuck's coffee to boot. Despite an intermittent wi-fi service, we set about finding somewhere to eat for the evening.

It turns out that right across the road from the Wyndham is a very unique place - Buck Owen's Crystal Palace. Apparently Buck Owens was a famous country & wester musician who decided to build his own restaurant and theatre (his Crystal Palace) in his home town of Bakersfield, which he then proceeded to fill with memrobilia gathered from years of performing.

The result is pretty damn cool. The food is straightforward and good - steak and ribs feature large and while you eat, live music plays on stage. On the night we dined there, we were treated to an excellent band covering the hits from a wide range of country & western stars. We resisted the temptation to head for the dance floor and join the line-dancing enthusiasts, but we definitely enjoyed our night at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308. +1 (661) 328-7560

1 comment

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