Portable restaurants continue to grow in popularity and one truck, Uncle's BBQ, has become a fixture at CSUB sporting events.
It's operated by Garlin Frink, 45, using recipes from his dad, Willie, who had worked as a cook in the Army and a chef for a lot of years before going into construction, specifically cement contracting.
"You can see his name stamped all over Bakersfield," the younger Frink said. "He was the biggest cement contractor in Bakersfield."
Frink got the truck about a year ago, started marketing on Twitter and Facebook and has worked at events for Mercy Hospital, the Kern High School District, Chevron and other businesses. During the off-season he often sets up at Sports Authority on Ming Avenue. He is the official food vendor for CSUB sporting events and has worked baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer and basketball games, parking right outside the Icardo Center for the indoor contests.
"Some customers tell me they come to eat and don't even go to the game," he said.
Frink said the truck is operating three to five days a week and almost every weekend.
The offerings include chicken, tri-tip, baby back ribs, hot wings, hot dogs and french fries.
Those interested in finding out the truck's schedule can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Facebook address is facebook.com/pages/Uncles-BBQ/369006723151698?ref=ts&fref=ts
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Flame Broiler coming to Bakersfield
Last August we wrote about one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the country, The Flame Broiler, which we had sampled in Long Beach and San Clemente. Now they're working on opening their first Bakersfield store on Coffee Road just north of Rosedale Highway, right next to the new Dickey's BBQ. Interior construction is ongoing and we were unable to get a projected opening date, but they do have signs with the menus already posted on the windows.
The chain, which calls its fare "A Healthy Choice," has most of its restaurants in Southern California, with some in Florida and Arizona. They offer bowls and plates of white or brown rice, steamed vegetables (cabbage, carrots and broccoli) and broiled beef, chicken or marinated short ribs. The menu says the food is made with no skin, no MSG, no trans fats and no frying. The website: flamebroilerusa.com.
New and different
Kern River Brewing Company and Lengthwise, the two most prominent brewpubs in Kern County, have teamed up to make a hoppy pale ale called Kernwise. It uses signature hops from the Centennial and Simcoe brews. It's available at both locations for a limited time ... A new restaurant is preparing to open in downtown Bakersfield. The Fusion will specialize in gourmet waffles and Asian fusion cuisine. It's located at 1823 Chester Ave. ... IHOP is now offering French toast made with brioche ... Panda Expresshas a new premium entree, Samurai Surf & Turf: marinated shrimp, sweet red peppers, green beans, diced potatoes and Angus top sirloin beef. It will be available through September ...For a limited time,Quizno's is offering a chicken fajita sub made with sauteed onions and peppers, cheddar and fajita lime sauce on jalapeno cheddar bread ... California Pizza Kitchen has two new seasonal menu items: spicy Korean Barbecue pizza and a Spring Market Vegetable Salad, available through June. The pizza has charred Korean barbecue poke, garnished with a non-traditional spicy kimchi salad. The salad features field greens, spring peas, Granny Smith apples, radishes, toasted pecans, raisins and a Greek yogurt vinaigrette.