Benji’s French Basque Dining Divas — Kim Jessup, Sofia Ronquillo, Lois Henry and Sofie Zimmerman — along with guest Diva Kim Barrett raise their glasses in farewell toast with Benji’s owners, from left, Benji Arduain, Bernadette Duhart and Rene Arduain.
Dining Divas say adieu, but not before a final night out Photos by Greg Nichols
Heel ratings (out of 5) Atmosphere: Big open rooms that are nice and airy but can get a bit loud when it’s busy. Service: Bernadette is the best!
Pricing: You get serious bang for your buck here. Food: So, so good! How to dress: This is a traditional Basque place, built for the working man, or gals on the town. Your choice! 28
So sad! This is our little Diva group’s final fling, so to speak. The new Divas will appear in the February issue of Bakersfield Life. It’s been so much fun, but a true Diva mustn’t overstay her welcome. Never fear, though, wherever good food, wine and beautiful people are gathered, the Divas will be there in spirit. Kisses everyone!
For our final Diva dinner, we chose Benji’s French Basque Restaurant and loved every last bite! Brothers Bernard and Rene Arduain, along with their sister, Bernadette Duhart, moved to the U.S. from Osses, France in 1968, bringing their scrumptious style of food with them. They opened Benji’s in 1986 on Union Avenue and moved to their Rosedale Highway location in 1992. This is a low-key place where the food is an absolute delight with its unique flavors and attention to detail. If you think you know Basque, trust us, Benji’s will surprise you!
Bakersfield Life Magazine December 2011