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.
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.
I have friends who are great hole-in-the-wall scouts for me, alerting me when some humble place that serves great food at a decent price is worth some ink. Hole-in-the-wall diners figure, perhaps correctly, that when the staff is spending little creative energies on the decor, they have plen…
Pardon me if you’ve heard this before — we have another new restaurant in downtown Bakersfield opened by young entrepreneurs that is not offering the same old, same old.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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,…
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.
Let's start this week with a quick roundup of some comings and goings on the local food scene.
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.
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…
Wine lovers always have their favorites, and at an event on Friday, they can use their refined tastes to determine a winner as two wine regions go head to head.
A person had to really, really enjoy chicken wings to venture out to the blazing Kern County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.
There’s been a real buzz about a newish restaurant downtown — no news there — but what is news is it’s ensconced in a former gas station across from the post office.
It's always a party at the downtown bar known as Tiki-Ko, but this Saturday there's a reason. The K Street bar is celebrating its first year in business with a daylong party with food, drink specials and more.
The ultimate measure of a festival is how it handles feedback. And the Bakersfield Wing Festival, which returns for the second year on June 25, has come in strong.
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.
Unlike a cosmo or Bud Light, when someone orders a Negroni you can expect they know their cocktails. And for those ordering them this week at Tiki-Ko, they know a bit more: that a portion from each cocktail sold will go to a good cause.
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.
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 …
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 …
While everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend, it's important to remember those men and women who have died in service to our country. Along with ceremonies and tributes, a few businesses are offering a dining discount for military members.
I hate to try to predict the future, but I think a few decades from now, Chipotle will be as influential in the restaurant business as McDonald’s once was.
There are some connections you have to feel come from a higher power. And when Gary Icardo wants to talk barbecue with you, you know it's one of those moments.
Pizza and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why hasn't Bakersfield had an event devoted to this pairing before now? We won't need to wonder after Sunday when the first Pizza and Craft Beer Fest heads to Craft Tap House.
In the latest example of being able to dine out for a good cause, it's time again for the Send a Kid to Camp lunch, put on by the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation. On Friday, city firefighters will stand in as servers, delivering bloomin' onions and lunches to diners at Outback Steakhouse.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Along with our own informal Californian survey, we heard back from the good folks at BevMo! who shared the results of their 2016 Cinco de Mayo survey. In polling of 1,200-plus adults, the chain learned:
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.
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.
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.
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.