I could count on one hand the number of restaurants I’ve written about over the years in the space at 818 Real Road, near the Rodeway Inn bowling alley. Restaurants come and go at that spot, some before I can even visit. There’s a hotel there, so you’d figure you’d have something of a captiv…

On a busy Sunday, hundreds head to the Haggin Oaks farmers market out by The Marketplace. From farmers' bounty to fresh lunch options, attendees have a lot to explore.

Although everyone is ready to have a good time at Cal State Bakersfield's annual spring barbecue, not everyone may know the good cause behind it. For 45 years, the annual event has been put together to benefit the university's athletics program, helping provide scholarships for student-athle…

There was a time when Mexicali ruled this city. The family-owned dynasty goes back so far, in fact, that an old Mexicali sign said they served "Spanish" food, which, for some reason, is what a lot of people called Mexican cuisine long ago.

A group of Californian staffers did a little pre-Cinco de Mayo reconnaissance by hitting up Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila in southwest Bakersfield for a selection of frosty cocktails. Lively atmosphere and inventive dishes — they even have Asian and pasta at this Mexican joint! — make th…

It's time again for Crab Fest, although you can't count on Monsignor Craig Harrison leading the charge next week. Unlike the well-known crab event put on by St. Francis Church, this Crab Fest on May 13 comes courtesy of the Bakersfield Firefighters’ Historical Society.

Spirits are plentiful in Bakersfield but when you get your hands on something rare, it's worth celebrating. This weekend, KC Steakhouse kicked off a special menu highlighting its supply of Jack Daniel's single barrel whiskey.

Readers sometimes tell me they like to follow the column in order to find new restaurants to explore. Today’s column is a bonus, giving you two places to check out: a humble Mediterranean restaurant and a nomadic wood-fired pizza operation, both worth checking out.

First and foremost, the Jewish Food Festival is about community. Of course, Sunday's gathering at Congregation B'nai Jacob downtown will live up to its name — with a new cookbook, kosher lunch, baked goods shop, food vendors and more — but its heart extends past our stomachs.

Does your passion for scratch-made food and handcrafted cocktails extend beyond enjoying them? Then Eureka! might have a position for you. The restaurant is hosting a hiring fair Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with open interviews for energetic potential managers at all levels.

Starbucks will offer its unicorn frappuccino only until Sunday (and maybe not even until then with supplies running low), but 'Grammers need not fear. Two Bakersfield restaurants have foodie shutterbugs covered for your colorful photo-worthy beverages. Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar and Cam…

When Meredith Bell moved back to Bakersfield in 2013, her plan was to start a farm that could help educate the community about our vital connection to farming. She couldn't have predicted then that just four years later, those bonds would provide a network of support for her farm following a…

Chef's Choice Noodle Bar is in the mood to celebrate, starting with its sixth anniversary this month. It's offering customers a chance to win a slew of raffle prizes, including a custom dinner for four, gift cards, logo items, free Mother's Day dinner buffet, or tickets to Cook Night. Diners…

According to the Nation’s Restaurant News, one of the hottest trends in restaurants is the vegetable-centered menu. Not vegetarian, you understand, but “vegetable-centered.” A subtle but powerful difference.

It’s got all you want in a food festival: plenty of vendors dishing gourmet samples, free-flowing beer, wine tasting and live music. So why don’t you already have your ticket to the fourth annual Macaroni and Cheese Festival?

To help send local fifth- and sixth-graders to camp to learn more about our environment, adults will gather at a camp of their own — Wine Camp for KEEP — on April 22.

When the family was young back in the day and we took vacations, we loved going to Dave & Buster’s, a chain that has food, drink and fun with an assortment of amusements. We used to think such a place would be a natural here, given the many families living in Bakersfield.

Late last month, the Making Downtown Bakersfield coalition unveiled plans for residential and commercial development to make the area a better place to work, play and live. Although many of those projects are a few years down the line, some entrepreneurs are already making the heart of the c…

We may scoff at national food-themed days but all bets are off when it comes to burritos. Thursday is National Burrito Day and we know where to find some killer options (see Staff Picks below).

Frugatti’s has become such a Bakersfield institution that the shopping center where it's located was recently named for the restaurant: Welcome, Frugatti Plaza. And why not? I mean, who can even remember what that prime real estate, at the corner of Truxtun and Coffee, was called before?

Spring is here and craft beer lovers with festival fever or a wanderlust to travel have some exciting events coming their way with next week's Country & Craft Beer Festival and Wine and Craft Beer Tasting and Auction.

Attendees of the seventh annual Chile Verde Cook-off at Amestoy's Sunday will truly be lucky, being able to celebrate it there for the last year. Owner Mike Miller said the popular event has outgrown the lot at the northeast Bakersfield watering hole and will have to relocate next year.

Considering how difficult it is to survive in the restaurant business, it’s a miracle when a place lasts 50 years. El Sombrero, at the intersection of M Street and Golden State Highway, is celebrating that anniversary in style next month.

Anyone who eats downtown for lunch has either waited in or walked away from the line at Sequoia Sandwich Co., which often extends right out the door. So when the owners of the popular 18th Street shop starting thinking about their franchise's future, they focused on the main customer concern…

A joke, a hot link, a well-timed compliment: Gregarious restaurant owner Fabious Worthy was into making people feel good, and he usually relied on the potent combination of humor, Southern cooking and general positivity to do it, up until the end Friday, when he lost his nine-month battle wi…

Today is National Pi Day, recognizing the mathematical constant that begins 3.14159, and local pizza restaurants are calculating their own way to celebrate with pie deals.

There was concern that the Tastries Bakery inside JC’s Place might have closed recently but owner Cathy Miller told us they were just remodeling at the building. Miller, who also coordinates events at the venue, said the two-week closure was to expand her wedding dress shop inside the buildi…

Recently Sandrini’s dropped the entire Italian/Basque label and decided to tweak the menu to a “pub food” concept. What that means in reality is that some of the Italian foods are still there, but a lot of the changes made so much sense and were so successful in the execution that I've eleva…

Tuesday is not normally a night for going out but revelers make an exception when it's Mardi Gras. Along with special events, a couple of downtown restaurants are bringing a taste of N'awlins to Bakersfield.

Since last fall, downtown has been abuzz about a new cafe set to open on 18th Street. That chatter has only grown, at least in The Californian's office, where hard-working journalists are always on the hunt to find a cup of coffee downtown under $4 that actually tastes good.

Cocktails or coffee? Depending on your mood (and the day of the week), downtown Bakersfield has two fresh options opening in its burgeoning east quadrant. Already home to Mexicali, Goose Loonies, Too Fat, the eastern stretch of 18th Street welcomes a brand-new cafe and the return of a Bakers…

With New Year's Eve resolutions not too far in the distant past, I usually try to highlight at least one restaurant that features healthy options at this time of year. Fit Pantry is a great place for anyone hoping to kick-start a weight loss program or just eat better.