Menudo and chile verde have their own local food festivals but what of the tamale? The humble Mexican dish, popular around the holidays, is finally getting its moment in the event spotlight with the first Tamale Fest Sunday at Stramler Park.

One of the more low-key success stories on the local restaurant scene is the small La Fonda Taqueria y Mariscos chain, with four locations — two in Bakersfield, one each in Wasco and Shafter. It’s an exceptional value noted for authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual family atmosphere, with ev…

Do you ever get hungry late at night? The last thing you want to do is cook. And you certainly don't want to hop in your car and drive somewhere to pick up food, considering you're probably in sweats and looking your worst. You don't want to risk running into someone you know, right?

We've got a lot of great restaurants in town representing a variety of cuisines but we're missing a classic Jewish delicatessen. That's going to change, at least for one day, when Chabad of Bakersfield holds its Pop-Up Jewish Deli. 

Valley Plaza has a few tasty addition coming its way with a still-unnamed restaurant going up where the Sears Auto Center was and a Five Guys set to open inside the mall. Meanwhile something sweet is cooking near center court.

As hockey fans gear up for the Condors' home opener Thursday, there will be something even more exciting than what's on the ice (no offense to the team) going on at Rabobank Arena. The venue will debut its upgraded video board, new lounge, craft beer bar and new concessions featuring Chinese…

Just when you thought the good folks at St. George Greek Orthodox Church were ready to rest on their well-earned laurels for the annual Greek Food Festival, they decide to spice it up. 

It has been four years since volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center in east Bakersfield cooked up the idea to take the already highly successful barbecue fundraising model and use it to generate funds for the facility. That first year, no one knew what to expect.

Is vanilla too plain for you? Do you want more rocks in your rocky road? Then Moo Creamery has just the thing at its ninth annual Flavor Awards on Sunday. For the annual contest, the restaurant takes customer suggestions for new and unique flavors, which it narrows down to eight finalists. A…

Eureka! is not a restaurant that rests. It seems every few months they adapt to current food trends, change the menu, cut loose some items, embrace the new and different. Sure, there’s always excellent craft beers, whiskey, burgers and sandwiches — those never go away — but you never know wh…

I suspect there is a lot that Jeannie Burton, fair concessions supervisor, and I would agree on but nothing more so than knowing that food is the No. 1 draw for the Kern County Fair. For any fair really, since the carnival/livestock/community exhibit extravaganza can make you feel like a kid…

With the fall semester underway at Bakersfield College, its culinary arts students at are hard at work at the on-campus restaurant Renegade Room, which opened Sept. 6.

With the school year in full swing, parents are stocking up on baby carrots to pack in lunches and serve as after-school snacks. That produce only has a short trip to local stores since Kern County is the nation's leader in carrot production. Grimmway Farms is one of the county's top produce…

You may often hear about downtown Bakersfield's thriving dining scene but if work or fun doesn't often bring you there, it just feels like talk. The Bakersfield Downtown Business Association is making it easier to sample some of the area's best Thursday at its Taste of Downtown. 

Many restaurants hold a soft opening, allowing staff to learn the ropes and customers to get an early taste of what's to come. That's usually followed by a grand opening, and, come Saturday, Sonder is ready to party.

A reader sent us a note asking us to the check out the “New Peking Palace.” “I know you gave them a favorable review the last time you visited,” she wrote in an email. “The damage it sustained in Dec. 2015, closing for about a year, has really hurt business. I think many have taken it off th…

Those who say there’s nothing for young people to do in town have never been to either Rush Air Sports, the trampoline heaven near Temblor, or the Bakersfield Karting Experience, located in the old Costco building on Gilmore, all just north of Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. 

The sign at 2104 18th St., touting "Brews and Bouquets," is small and unassuming. Cars passing along the busy downtown street may miss it entirely. But take note: There's a lot more brewing at The Belle Rae than meets the eye.

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.