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  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Downtown's dining scene is definitely thriving but that doesn't mean there’s not room to grow. September is likely to be hot, hot, hot — and it's not just because of the popular Latination art exhibition for First Friday — with the arrival of Greek and Cuban fare.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Word of mouth is doing good things for Shoyu Sushi, a great new restaurant in the northeast. Reader David Irvine tipped me off to the eatery, which opened in April across from BC’s Memorial Stadium in a shopping center that’s also home to a Mexican restaurant and a Tony’s Pizza.

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News
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One of the oldest continuous cultures in Europe is that of the Basques, a hardy people inhabiting the Pyrenees Mountains and valleys that straddle the border between Spain and France. Basques, many of them sheepherders, are well-represented in the history of Kern County and the Tehachapi Mou…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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On Aug. 7, northwest Bakersfield welcomes another restaurant to the neighborhood. Sonder will take over the space last home to The Prime Cut, nestled in the Brimhall Square shopping center along with Kan Pai, Sugar Twist Bakery, Victor's Mexican Grill and Caesar's Italian Delicatessen.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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I think we are pretty much at a new height of excellence as far as Indian food goes in Bakersfield. There was a time when we had two options at best, and a few years ago Zaika opened on Ming Avenue and shook things up. Then the kitchen genius from Taj Mahal moved into an old buffet restauran…

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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There’s a fascinating history to the building that is home to the new Tony’s Firehouse Grill & Pizza. Back in the '80s the Mesa Marin racetrack was where the softball fields are today, and it was a hot draw on the weekends. J.C. Scott’s was probably the most popular high-end restaurant o…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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You've heard it before — we all scream for ice cream — but Sunday we have a good reason. The third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day, and with a run of 100-plus days we're ready for a cool treat. We asked Californian staffers about their favorite local ice cream treats and while we ha…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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While companies from around the globe descend on New York to set national trends, the San Joaquin Valley has its own gathering of what's up and coming in local foods. For the seventh year, this two-day event serves as the nation’s largest and only regional food show.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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There was a time in our fair city’s history when our seafood options were exceptionally limited. For the longest time Olde Port Fish Grotto on Brundage was king of the hill, with Sea Breeze downtown and later with another Sea Breeze in the southwest as a reliable alternative. And, of course,…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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With so much great produce grown in Kern County and surrounding areas, our local farmers' markets are thriving this summer. And those looking for some fresh local bounty should head out Saturday to the third annual Charity Farmers Market, held by the Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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This week, we celebrate America, blow up explosives and scare pets and chow down on barbecue. In consideration of the Fourth, here are some fun facts and recipes to put you in a festive mood. Offers.com surveyed 1,000 consumers to see what people will be eating, doing and buying for the holiday.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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A few years ago a restaurant called Maui Pho opened on Ming Avenue in the Home Depot parking lot, and it has evolved in a positive direction since our first visits. It’s a favorite of my sister-in-law, who’s spent some time living in Asia, and this Hawaiian-Asian fusion place has a number of…

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria is an interesting regional chain that has moved to different locations around Bakersfield over the years. While the product is decent, the consistency of our experiences, especially service, has discouraged regular patronage.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Although a number of fast-casual pizza chains have set up in Bakersfield, we'll give credit to locally owned Boss Pizza Co. for being first on the draw. Another way the chain has stood out is with its summer deal that allows kids to eat for free.

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Reader Juan Salcedo tipped me off to a new sports bar that opened in April just east of Highway 99 on White Lane. Rock & Wings has an energy evident both on its menu and with its atmosphere that reminds me of a successful place, B Ryder's, a few miles to the west on the same street. But …

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Nestled up in your Facebook news feed, along with political rants and graduation photos, you’ve probably seen food videos, be they 30-second recipes or hot food trends. It’s not often we recognize the person who pops up in that streaming content, but it happened this week when De Coeur Bake …

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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I could count on one hand the number of restaurants I’ve written about over the years in the space at 818 Real Road, near the Rodeway Inn bowling alley. Restaurants come and go at that spot, some before I can even visit. There’s a hotel there, so you’d figure you’d have something of a captiv…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Five and thriving — that’s how it is for the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival. Other brew events tap the city like a keg but this premier craft beer festival continues to reign at Cal State Bakersfield Amphitheater.

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On a busy Sunday, hundreds head to the Haggin Oaks farmers market out by The Marketplace. From farmers' bounty to fresh lunch options, attendees have a lot to explore.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Although everyone is ready to have a good time at Cal State Bakersfield's annual spring barbecue, not everyone may know the good cause behind it. For 45 years, the annual event has been put together to benefit the university's athletics program, helping provide scholarships for student-athle…

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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There was a time when Mexicali ruled this city. The family-owned dynasty goes back so far, in fact, that an old Mexicali sign said they served "Spanish" food, which, for some reason, is what a lot of people called Mexican cuisine long ago.

  • The Californian
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A group of Californian staffers did a little pre-Cinco de Mayo reconnaissance by hitting up Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila in southwest Bakersfield for a selection of frosty cocktails. Lively atmosphere and inventive dishes — they even have Asian and pasta at this Mexican joint! — make th…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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It's time again for Crab Fest, although you can't count on Monsignor Craig Harrison leading the charge next week. Unlike the well-known crab event put on by St. Francis Church, this Crab Fest on May 13 comes courtesy of the Bakersfield Firefighters’ Historical Society.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Spirits are plentiful in Bakersfield but when you get your hands on something rare, it's worth celebrating. This weekend, KC Steakhouse kicked off a special menu highlighting its supply of Jack Daniel's single barrel whiskey.

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Readers sometimes tell me they like to follow the column in order to find new restaurants to explore. Today’s column is a bonus, giving you two places to check out: a humble Mediterranean restaurant and a nomadic wood-fired pizza operation, both worth checking out.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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First and foremost, the Jewish Food Festival is about community. Of course, Sunday's gathering at Congregation B'nai Jacob downtown will live up to its name — with a new cookbook, kosher lunch, baked goods shop, food vendors and more — but its heart extends past our stomachs.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Does your passion for scratch-made food and handcrafted cocktails extend beyond enjoying them? Then Eureka! might have a position for you. The restaurant is hosting a hiring fair Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with open interviews for energetic potential managers at all levels.