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Food trucks used to be about convenience. You're in your office, the hunger pangs start, you walk outside and, voila, a food truck is there to satisfy. But these kitchens on wheels have become so sophisticated, the food often comparable or better than what you can get at a nearby restaurant,…

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Mimi's Cafe on California Avenue in Bakersfield has closed, according to a woman who answered the phone at the Dallas-based chain's corporate headquarters.

Fit Pantry, the local delivery business focusing on healthy meals, has big plans to ring in 2017. The local business will hold the grand opening of its restaurant and drive-through in the Riverlakes Galleria on Jan. 7.

In the history of Sunday brunches in Bakersfield, we first had the legendary Red Lion buffet on Rosedale Highway, which dazzled us back in the 1980s with a spread worthy of Vegas. Buck Owens took up the crown at his Crystal Palace after it opened 20 years ago, and it's still a wonderful opti…

For decades, Bit of Germany was a little slice of Bavaria on the east side. There was a chalet-type exterior, pictures of the Motherland on the wall, the beer steins, the wienerschnitzel — it all seemed like a retreat from the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

There once was a building on California Avenue that I used to refer to as the Bermuda Triangle for restaurants. Eateries would come and go, sometimes three in a year. The place where dreams went to die. Ghosts walked the aisles. Didn’t matter what concept, what food was coming out of the kit…

Call them the lucky 13 or, better yet, call us — the diners of Bakersfield — the lucky ones. More than a dozen restaurants opened in 2016 that have made restaurant critic Pete Tittl's list of the best, but the lists don't stop there in our 2016 Dining Guide, out Saturday.

For its third year, the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival decided it needed room to groove. So Saturday's event of local food vendors and craft breweries from all over California heads to the Park at River Walk. 

When people talk about history, they expect to pore over old photos or records. But when it comes to grocery stores, you can hop in the car or walk over to Chester Lane Market. Historian John Codd notes it is part of Bakersfield’s living history.

For Veterans Day we honor those who have served our country and those in active duty. The good folks over at The Military Wallet — a personal finance website for military, veterans and their families — have compiled a list of Veterans Day dining deals and we have those along with some local …

Bakersfield loves its chain restaurants so a rumor making the rounds that a TGI Fridays was heading to Valley Plaza Mall didn't seem far-fetched. But, alas, we'll have to continue to get our needs for loaded potato skins and sangria-ritas met elsewhere.

For years now, the only silver foxes spotted at the corner of 18th and R have been the kind who forage for stiff drinks at Mexicali. But restaurateurs Rod and Julie Crawford are hoping to do for the old Silver Fox lounge what they’ve done for the Pyrenees Cafe: bring a beloved Bakersfield in…

Bakersfield's dining renaissance continues in 2016, with a profusion of new restaurants, food trucks and other options, not to mention the ongoing popularity of local favorites. It's a lot to chew on when compiling a year-end guide to the best in dining, which is why restaurant critic Pete T…

If your idea of a Halloween fright is looking at your bank statement and seeing how much you spend on dining, do we have some deals for you. Whether you’re a starving college student or a parent hoping to treat the family, these restaurants have you covered this holiday:

When sisters Elise Modrovich and Dawn Jordan opened the Starlite Lounge in Kernville in May 2015, they were ready to dream big. Along with making a name for themselves as the Kern River Valley’s only wine bar, tasting room and restaurant, they had plans for a big event. That becomes a realit…

How do you make an extremely popular festival even better? Try adding another day — and an Olympic procession. The organizers of this weekend’s St. George Greek Food Festival knew the best way to “opa” the ante on the annual gathering of food, dancing and general merriment was to make it a t…

They bill it as a bacon fest — and don’t worry; there will be plenty — but food vendors have the freedom to go whole hog or full boar at this Saturday’s Bakersfield Bacon Fest, say organizers.

For folks in Bakersfield, finding a place to enjoy good food and maybe an adult beverage or two is as natural as complaining about the bad air. Luckily, this fall has a bumper crop of activities ranging from cultural food events to a street party and bacon celebrations. Here’s a look at what…

We loved stopping in at Old River Grill when it was on the bike trail, in a building on Stockdale Highway that was otherwise a medical office complex. There were signs near the spot in the trail where it was located to remind you that you needed to stop in and get a chile verde omelet or one…

We loved stopping in at Old River Grill when it was on the bike trail, in a building on Stockdale Highway that was otherwise a medical office complex. There were signs near the spot in the trail where it was located to remind you that you needed to stop in and get a chile verde omelet or one…

What do you get when you slap a thousand or so steaks on giant grills, add hefty sides of socializing and top it off with the sweet just-desserts of a deserving organization? The perfect recipe for one of the community’s biggest barbecue fundraisers of the season. They will be grilling for a…

It may not be coffee in a vat or an IV, but Netflix has a caffeinated gift for “Gilmore Girls” fans this Wednesday. The streaming entertainment company is sponsoring 200 pop-ups of Luke’s Diner, a popular location in the series, including two in Bakersfield, offering free coffee while suppli…

Eureka!, with its mixture of retro cocktails, craft beers and high-end hamburgers, has been one of the fastest growing regional restaurant chains in recent years. Now it has its first locally owned imitator, Flame Burger, which opened earlier this month in the old Juicy Burger location near …