With origins in Sweden, meal kits (there known by a term translated as "dinnertime bliss") took off in the U.S. in 2012 with three major players: Blue Apron, HelloFresh and Plated.
On social media, it seemed to me people were saying two things about the new La Costa Mariscos that moved into the old Elephant Bar at River Walk: It costs a bit more and it’s too crowded.
Born of the local grape industry, Tlo Wines has only grown since 2008. Founded by Andy Zaninovich, whose family runs Jasmine Vineyards in Delano, the wine business has become a popular choice among local oenophiles. Come this fall, they'll have a new place to congregate when Tlo opens a tast…
Last Friday, we celebrated National Fry Day, and this Friday, and next Friday, and the Friday after that, we celebrate free fries for the rest of the year.
Anybody can go out for happy hour or splash out on a fancy meal (when pay day comes), but next week has a few events that are really worth raising your glass.
Flame Broiler is on a hot streak in Bakersfield. The healthy fast-casual chain just opened its sixth restaurant here and the first in Bakersfield with a drive-through window.
While most Wednesdays are relegated to being hump day, that midweek point of survival, next week's is a bit different. National Hot Dog Day falls on Wednesday, bringing with it a few deals you're sure to relish.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream — but never more loudly than on National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday. A few businesses have some sweet deals for you.
Do these 100-plus-degree days have you down? Are you looking for some cool activities to help beat the heat? Then the Tehachapi Mountain Beer and Wine Fest is waiting to lower your core temperature and raise your spirits.
Some people fear Friday the 13th, but there's no need to worry this week when the big day falls on National Fry Day. Here are some spots to snag a few fresh-fried deals.
Longtime residents will remember all the drama associated with the Lamont restaurant El Jacalito. Luis Aquilar took what was a shack and built such a following that people from Bakersfield would drive there and wait quietly, patiently, for an hour or more just to get fed on a weekend night. …
I hear regularly from readers that I need to get back to New Vintage Grill. Great things are happening there. Amazing food I haven’t written about. Considering that last year I raved about them and named them with Cafe Smitten as one of the two most impressive restaurants to open that year, …
Summertime and the dining is easy. At least when it comes to the Bakersfield scene. There are new menu items, activities and even a new eatery all here for your dining pleasure.
Far past the days of cheese, pepperoni or combo, pizza toppings have sparked some arguments on the internet. Pineapple enjoys a sweet victory as possibly the most-divisive topping in the debate. In honor of National Pineapple Day on Wednesday, let's delve into the discussion.
Santa Barbara has the Funk Zone. Santa Monica has Third Street Promenade. San Antonio has the Riverwalk. Austin has Sixth Street. What does Bakersfield have?
Ohana means family and we'll all be part of the fold later this summer when Ono Hawaiian BBQ opens its first Bakersfield location in the northeast. It will open in a hopping shopping center already home to the new Urbane Cafe as well as Chipotle, Flame Broiler, Sizzler, Smart and Final and s…
Pioneers were urged to go west but those looking for new dining horizons can hop on 178 and head east. The shopping center just south of the highway on Mount Vernon, already home to a Chipotle, Flame Broiler, Sizzler and Smart and Final, is adding to its ranks with Urbane Cafe this weekend a…
Bakersfield enjoys good food about as much as it does helping a good cause. And saving animals in need is one of the big causes close to local hearts. The women of All Seated in a Barn are continuing their initiative to aid rescued horses and donkeys with upcoming events.
The Habit Burger Grill, which has already made a name for itself with its charburgers, is now changing up the menu unveiling a full breakfast lineup.
Unlike Mother's Day, when the maternal figures in your life are happy to celebrate with a brunch resplendent with bottomless mimosas and pretty pastries, Father's Day can be more about the meats. We've rounded up some options geared toward feeding the fathers in your life. (All events take p…
One of the great things about living in Bakersfield is that we’re at ground zero for all the new and innovative food trends like baby carrots, exotic brands of grapes and something I’ve been chasing for months like Ahab going after Moby Dick: Santa Carota beef.
If you're headed to a tiki bar, the only classic you're looking for is a mai tai or a zombie. But Tiki-Ko is bringing in a well-known libation for a good cause.
It’s official: I’m going to invest in some spy equipment to sweep for bugs in the newsroom. That’s because someone must have overheard me saying — yet again — that we need a taco festival in Bakersfield. And then they actually put one together.
In 1938, the Salvation Army declared the first National Doughnut Day. Eighty years later, we're still sweet on the breakfast treats. Here's a look at some deals and special flavors on the local menu for Friday.
While I’ve often said I’ll never understand the lines outside Olive Garden, I’ll also never understand why Romano’s Macaroni Grill doesn’t give its neighbor Chili’s more competition. People inevitably wait patiently in line for a seat at that first chain restaurant, but while Macaroni Grill …
Restaurateur Roger Coughenour wasn't looking to open a second business. Old River Grill has been doing a bustling business since 2013, first on Stockdale Highway then to its current location on Brimhall Road.
There was an event for the Bakersfield rodeo and we weren't even invited. To be fair, there isn't actually a local rodeo; the Baskets Family Rodeo is the creation of the FX TV comedy series "Baskets," which is set in our town. But that was the subject of an Emmy for your consideration event …
Some days, it seems like we talk a lot about downtown. But this week, it was merited as local restaurants knocked it out of the park with new offerings. A quick rundown:
When it comes to chain restaurants, there are some that stand out, rise above the rest, and often they’re smaller chains like Tahoe Joe’s or Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, which opened three years ago at Valley Plaza and has been packing them in ever since. The Long Beach-based family-owned…
Deep in festival season, June should be a scorcher and we're not just talking about the weather. We already announced the Downtown Craft Beer Festival — formerly the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival — on June 23 (but we'll have more on vendors below). Now comes news of a brand-new event at Ca…
There are some spaces downtown that just have so much charm no matter the quality of the food: the Padre, T.L. Maxwell’s and the bar at Bill Lee’s, beckoning all those mai tai lovers.
Anyone who has dined at a local Basque restaurant knows the joys of a communal table. But how does the camaraderie extend when the table seats more than a hundred people?
There are plenty of ways we should be showing teachers how much we appreciate them but Tuesday, we can start with a meal. In honor of Teachers Appreciation Day, a few restaurants are serving up deals for those hard-working teachers.
No mother, or mother figure, really wants to cook on her special day. And she certainly doesn't want to do any dishes. So treat the special lady in your life to a day like no other, with a meal fit for the queen she is.
If you prefer this space when I eviscerate some restaurant, laying waste to an institution expecting to be paid for culinary incompetence, you’d best move along.
There's no place like home, but when you are looking for a worthy place to hang your hat — or stretch your Tommy Bahama short-clad legs — head downtown.
The local vegan dining scene has taken off in the past year. When it was once tough to find an acceptable menu item in this predominately meat-and-cheesy-potatoes town, options have expanded beyond a limp side salad.
If there’s one part of the restaurant business I’d be leery of getting into it’s the sandwich segment. The competition is killer. Sandwiches are everywhere, and long ago Subway changed the business by offering fresh-baked buns. Jersey Mike’s and others have followed that model. Local forces …