The axiom "the customer is always right" was never truer than at Amestoy's on the Hill. So when regular attendees of the annual Chile Verde Cook-off decried plans to move it away from the northeast bar, owner Mike Miller granted the event a stay.
Pop-up shops are nothing new for Bakersfield but an impromptu gathering for unique doughnuts? Well, that's certainly a sweet surprise. The What Up Dough Experience, coming Saturday to the Stockdale Affairs Event Center, promises to be unlike any doughnut experience you've ever had.
In the grand tradition of grand openings, Sully's at Stockdale and Coffee has been open for a few months. Of course, we're not going to let a little operation time get in the way of a celebration, which will take place Saturday at the new station in the Stockdale Centre complex.
Bakersfield is no stranger to combining fundraisers and food. As we've said before, the community's giving heart is as big as its insatiable appetite. With that in mind, here are some upcoming ways to give and grub.
The modern build-your-own-meal style of that successful Mexican chain Chipotle has been successfully applied to a different cuisine at Sultans Mediterranean Grill on Allen Road.
For the fifth year, Blaze Pizza is celebrating Pi Day (3/14) with a discount deal. On Wednesday, diners can build their own pie for just $3.14, in honor of the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us and along with all the green beer and whiskey, some local spots are celebrating the holiday with some Irish-themed treats.
Tri-tip sandwich, chopped brisket sandwich, Dad's classic cheeseburger and more are served at Dad's BBQ and Catering located at 189 East Lerdo Highway in Shafter.
We're smack-dab in the middle of Lent but if your dreams are of a full meat spread, Bakersfield is serving up a feast this month. Two new full-service meat counters are opening: Wood-Dale Market's second location and Prime Time BBQ, Meats & Deli, which is set to open in the former home o…
What’s fascinating to me is how a quality restaurant attracts more quality to the neighborhood, which itself becomes an attractive destination because of the sheer number of solid dining options.
If I was pressed to describe the food at Muertos Kitchen & Lounge, I’d use the phrase stylish bar food. The bar is usually set pretty low in bars for a decent meal. If it’s hot and preferably greasy, it’ll satisfy. The kitchen here has always aimed higher.
While we're always fast to note when a new eatery or business opens, we don't always keep track of anniversaries. Two local spots will be hitting different milestones: Cafe Smitten turns one and Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant is celebrating a decade in Bakersfield.
When The Mark Restaurant opened downtown back in 2012 it immediately set itself up as a competitor to The Padre for the King of Downtown in both elegance and culinary ambitions. The place had class, style and a kitchen that could do everything from meatloaf to a fine steak with panache.
Let's dispel an old adage: The stomach is not just the way to a man's heart. Any would-be gourmet is likely to be wooed by a well-appointed meal.
The top reason this column can be useful to readers is introducing them to restaurants like Lino’s Mexican Cuisine in Pumpkin Center.
What is a food without a national day? Would pizza taste as good if we didn't have a day to celebrate it? Of course, pizza is life, but that's besides the point. The pie's big day is Feb. 9 and, although not everybody will be celebrating, we have a few deals worth checking out.
With recent mentions of Philly cheesesteaks served at Jersey Mike’s and the Crest Bar & Grill, reader George Gillburg wrote to inform me about how wonderful the cheesesteak is at Leo’s Burgers on Ming Avenue. Specifically he thought the East Coast provost at the Crest was less a French d…
Things are heating up at Valley Plaza Mall with the grand opening of Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza. In recognition of the opening, the chain will offer a free build-your-own-pizza to fans that day.
A lot of eyes are looking toward next Sunday. Sure the Eagles face the Patriots (go Birds!) but more importantly, it's one of the biggest snacking days of the year.
The Downtown Red Zone Sports Bar & Grill has 22 television screens, plenty of food, beer and friendly servers to welcome sports fans and anyone looking for a good meal.
There are plenty of reasons to head to the farmers markets, which take place Saturday and Sunday around town. But along with all the fresh produce and locally made products just waiting to be transformed in your kitchen, there are also items for the lazy eaters among us. The Sunday Haggin Oa…
Three years ago we were surprised by all the grace notes we found at Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill, a new establishment on Panama Lane. Apparently enough other customers were won over so they could open a second location across from the Rabobank Arena.
Something new is cooking at The Kitchen. The 20th Street business, which offers cooking classes and hosts private parties, has a trio of new owners with a strong culinary pedigree.
I saw enough “Twilight Zone” episodes back in the ‘60s to be very wary of any robots, particularly those that always want to take over humankind. It’s to the point that you wonder if any other type of robot exists. Must they all be power-hungry?
Just as we've been praising the emergence of new food businesses in town, so too the pendulum swings the other way with closures as well. Flame Burger announced earlier this week that it will close after dinner service on Sunday.
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…
The Crest Bar and Grill is located at 5025 Wible Road in Bakersfield in the Bakersfield R.V. Resort. Many consider Crest Bar and Grill as a great place to eat.
There's a lot going on east of Chester Avenue these days and one of the tastiest additions lands Monday as Salty's BBQ and Catering heads downtown.
For many, the "new year, new me" after New Year's Day can go a couple of ways. You can start looking into healthier dining options and step up (or start) the exercises or you can indulge further with no regard for the calendar. We've got you covered either way.
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 the third season of "Billion Dollar Buyer" debuts Wednesday on CNBC, Bakersfield viewers have a bigger reason to tune in than expecting an enjoyable hour of reality television.
Hope you caught Herb Benham's Nov. 5 column about Lamont restaurateur Luis Aguilar, who founded first El Jacalito and later El Pueblo after he was forced to move from his original site in a rent disagreement. To Lamont, he was like George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life”: a successful ma…
As Christmas nears, we wait for the gift exchange with loved ones. The local dining scene is no different as news of new eateries land under our tree as if delivered by Santa himself. What's coming you might ask?
I know Bakersfield is famous for its long lines when new restaurants open, but the reception for Cafe Rio was ridiculous. On our visits they had to keep the lines outside in order to comply with fire regulations.
When one kitchen door closes, another opens. And so it is the case in downtown Bakersfield with news that chef Mai Giffard will close her De Coeur Bake Shop this week.
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.
Tiki-Ko, everyone's favorite local tiki bar — also currently its only, but who's counting? — just launched an updated menu, bumping up its total to 27 cocktails. Cheers!
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.
If the thought of taking the chill off the upcoming winter evenings by making a home-cooked meal sounds right up your alley, then the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard has just the class for you.
When it comes to shopping centers with impressive food choices, it’s hard to beat the new complex just south of Stockdale Highway on Buena Vista Road.
Thanksgiving doesn't need to be just one day a year. There are many reasons to be thankful this week, especially Wednesday when Cafe Rio Mexican Grill opens and offers free meals to the first 300 in line.