Go ahead, act like you’re on vacation.

Going to lunch at Crest Bar and Grill in the southwest feels like a getaway because it’s in the middle of an RV resort. It’s great homestyle food in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. It was a beautiful day on our visit, so we sat out on the patio and I can see how time could fly here; it really is a hidden gem of Bakersfield.

General Manager Mary Willoughby explained to us they’ve been in this location for more than 10 years and all their sauces, salad dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch. Also, they are not just a great place to have lunch, but they can also cater your next business lunch for up to 125 people in their clubhouse.

Wild West Cheeseburger ($11.95):

This burger is for serious meat eaters. It’s a half-pound certified Angus beef burger topped with cheddar and jack cheeses, smothered with their tangy homemade barbecue sauce and a beer-battered onion ring. Sure, the onion ring is Texas-sized, but how could an onion ring drenched in Firestone Double Barrel Ale batter and fried to perfection be bad? It really brings the texture layer to a different level being light and crispy. On a burger like this, you don’t want to skimp on the bacon. It’s nice, thick, crispy pieces of bacon that really tie everything together. Also, the choice of a bun for a burger is important, too, and here they got it right. It’s lightly toasted and holds up without getting soggy.

Pastrami Gone Wild ($11.45):

Talk about ooey-gooey goodness. The generous portions of juicy pastrami slices are delicious with a kick of heat from the sautéed jalapeño and sweetness from the grilled onion. Melted pepper jack cheese, garlic, mayonnaise and fresh avocado slices make every bite just melt in your mouth. Hold that all together with fresh toasted sourdough bread and you’ve got a winner. Sides for their burgers and sandwiches have the choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, beer-battered onion rings, fresh fruit or cottage cheese. 

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