• On Dec. 3, the first 100 people at each of Bakersfield's three Flame Broiler locations will receive a free regular-size bowl. The first customer inside the door that day will also be awarded a year's worth of free bowls.

    The Dish: First free doughnuts, now free rice bowls

    Now that the hubbub has died down over Krispy Kreme’s free year of doughnuts giveaway, here’s another potential spot for the tent or lawn chair. On Dec. 3, the Flame Broiler will host a giveaway at its three Bakersfield locations (5600 California Ave., 8200 Stockdale Highway and 3505 Coffee Road)

  • The Guild House will host tea on Saturday with two courses of sweet and savory dishes.

    Guild House invites you to afternoon tea

    If an afternoon of good conversation and good food for a good cause sounds like your cup of tea, make reservations for Saturday’s Guild House Tea. Tables are going fast for the special event that, like all Guild House functions, benefits the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a

  • The Scarves and Yoga Pants cocktails at Eureka puts you right in the holiday spirit with a pumpkin spiced simple syrup.

    Sugar, pumpkin spice and everything nice for Eureka! cocktail

    These days, you can’t turn over a leaf or go down a grocery store aisle without finding a pumpkin spice something. The fall-favorite flavoring has long gone beyond the Starbucks latte that put it on the must-list of every Ugg boot-wearing, Instagram-happy girl and guy in a beanie. So when the

  • Huevos con chorizo with a side of potatoes and beans at The Red Grill Onions Mexican Cafe on 18th Street.

    The Dish: Good things — like new eateries — come in threes

    Central Bakersfield has had a lot on its plate lately. Within the last few weeks, at least three restaurants have opened, bringing new options for Mexican food and pub fare. A look at the newcomers: Bootleggers Craft Pub & Eatery: The former Coco’s Restaurant has gone gastropub. With room for

  • PETE TITTL: Humble Mexican spot knows how to stand out from crowd

    We tagged the humble Chips & Salsa in southwest Bakersfield as a restaurant to watch when it debuted in 2014. But the restaurant business is tough and within the year it had closed for remodeling and an eventual rebirth, as El Milagro Grill & Cantina. Here’s another one to watch — or maybe

  • Bacon makes everything better. More than 20 food vendors will serve up snacks at the annual Bacon and Craft Beer Festival Saturday at Stramler Park.

    Get ready to pig out at annual festival

    This year’s Bacon and Craft Beer Festival, coming Saturday to Stramler Park, is all about the pork: They’re serving it pulled, candied, in drinks and ice cream treats, even handing it out like party favors. At the Bright House bacon bar, volunteers will stand at the ready with chafing dishes

  • Veterans and active military can enjoy a patriotic breakfast with a free stack of red, white and blue pancakes from IHOP on Veterans Day.

    Dining deals for vets, service members

    On Wednesday, we salute the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. Restaurants pay tribute with free food and deals for veterans and active military. The website The Military Wallet (themilitarywallet.com) does a good job each year rounding up the list of participating

  • Veterans and active military can enjoy a patriotic breakfast with a free stack of red, white and blue pancakes from IHOP on Veterans Day.

    The Dish: Veterans score dining deals, new downtown eats

    On Wednesday, we salute the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. Along with parades and ceremonies, restaurants are paying tribute with free food for veterans and active military. The website The Military Wallet does a good job each year rounding up the list of participating

  • The Rio bowl at Rio Acai features blueberry, granola, banana, strawberry, and coconut among other ingredients.

    PETE TITTL: Rio, Union Station a pair of downtown delights

    One of the most disturbing trends on the culinary scene has been the increasing use of meal-replacement options. It all started with weight-loss products like SlimFast shakes but now there are protein bars, drinks like Ensure and more. Granted, some people need the extra nutrition, particularly if

  • With sun-dried tomatoes, shitake mushrooms and Thai basil, this spicy sriracha penne from Chef's Choice Noodle Bar pairs well with a glass of cold milk. The recipe was created to promote the "Food Loves Milk" state dairy campaign.

    The Dish: Got milk? Pair it with Noodle Bar's spicy penne

    Not content to just ask “got milk?” the California dairy industry is moo-ving beyond the iconic campaign in search of a California culinary adventure. And Bakersfield, which landed on the map with a Moo Creamery ice cream recipe on gotmilk.com, is back in the spotlight with the “Food Loves Milk”

  • Temblor Brewing Company's  barbecue chicken sandwich with irresistible thick-cut, lightly battered French fries that were just amazing, writes Pete Tittl. He also liked the sweet potato fries.

    PETE TITTL: At Temblor, come for the beer but stay for the food

    I was discouraged before I visited the new Temblor Brewing Company because someone, either in the paper or on social media, downplayed the food, making it seem like the kitchen was a minor focus of the creators’ energies, that the craft beer was where the focus was. So I was mentally prepared for

  • No matter what the kids dress as this year, there are dining deals to be had at restaurants.

    Restaurant chains giving kids some treats

    If you’re wondering how to feed all your hungry boys and ghouls this week, three food chains have you covered. Famous Dave’s continues its promotion through Saturday, offering a free kids meal for children 10 and under in costume. The offer is valid with purchase of an adult entree and applies

  • PETE TITTL: Here's hoping for nothing but aces for Racquet Club cafe crew

    Yet another brave soul is performing a public service of sorts by trying to make a go of it at the Bakersfield Racquet Club’s café downtown. In recent years we have seen some talented restaurateurs take a stab at it, including the owners of Moo Creamery, Big Popy’s Deli, RJ’s and Covenant

  • Table service now being offered at select local McDonald's.

    The Dish: La Foret joins the wine club

    Showcasing a winery is a great way to put your kitchen in the spotlight as well. Just ask the long list of local restaurant owners who do just that on a regular basis. The latest to join the club is La Foret, which is hosting a Bakersfield Friends of Wine dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The event

  • Debbi Larsen, a 16-year veteran waitress at Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe, says the chicken-fried steak and gravy is the best item on the menu.

    Chicken-fried steak a classic at Cope's Knotty Pine

    You know a restaurant is good when patrons are happy to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a table and a bite to eat on a weekend morning. Even after adding 35 seats last year, Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe in Oildale still has more hungry customers than it has places to put them. But the 400 or so they get on

  • Bagels and other delicious baked goods will be sold at the Bakersfield's first-ever Jewish Food Festival.

    Jewish Food Festival expected to be a top nosh event

    Whether talking fundraisers or cultural celebrations, the way to Bakersfield’s heart is through its stomach. And a month that already saw the Greek Food Festival move to a cooler date and the Italian Heritage Dante Association’s first Festa Italiana now welcomes the first Jewish Food Festival.

  • Sandy's Italian Beef Stew is the featured recipe for January 2016 in Claudia True's "Cooking with Friends" calendar. True got the recipe from Bakersfield friend Sandy Garone. The dish comes from a cookbook given to Garone in 1989 by her mother-in-law, Dolly.

    This calendar by former Bako artist full of good taste

    Former Bakersfield artist Claudia True, who loves to cook, paint and visit with friends, has found a perfect way to do all three with her annual “Cooking with Friends” calendar, whose 2016 edition is due to be unveiled at two receptions next week. “It’s the eighth year we’ve done it,” said True,