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…

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, …

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 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.

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 …