It’s been way too long since we devoted an entire column to one of Bakersfield’s most interesting restaurants, the Crest Bar & Grill. It’s got a lot of interesting facts going for it. For one, it’s located on the site of the old Crest Drive-in. I confess to taking my kids there to see on…

One of the best values for Sunday brunch, especially for families, is found at Hodel’s Country Dining. Not only are the parents priced at $12.50 a person, but children pay $6.50 or $7.50 (depending on age) for a feast that will keep those tykes full all day.

When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, the farmers market takes a holiday. But don't fret shoppers: You can head out Friday to The Marketplace for your healthy Christmas meal needs or last-minute gifts.

Christmas is a time to bask in the warm glow of family and friends. It's also a time when everyone is exhausted after shopping for all those loved ones. If making a big holiday meal is not on your to-do list, you can turn to these restaurants who are serving Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or both.

I’ve always been puzzled that Cuban food has sometimes struggled to gain fans in Bakersfield. I recall a restaurant on Chester Avenue that offered the fare at fair prices and it didn’t seem to take at all, despite its similarities to Mexican and Spanish food. Mama Roomba is the closest we’ve…

If you had to envision a gift worthy of all eight days of Hanukkah, it might be the return of the Pop-Up Jewish Deli on Dec. 14. It's supersized for the holiday season with bigger sandwiches (one-third a pound of meat) and Hanukkah doughnuts.

Downtown is a funny place at night. Some parts are typically bustling on a weekend night, while a couple blocks away it looks quiet and lonely.

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…