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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. 

It’s pretty much impossible for me to dine in Taft without thinking of the late great Ollie’s, a chrome-plated diner on Kern Street that had a nice run specializing in the most amazing malts, shakes and burgers. We went there with the family enough to try almost everything on the menu. The l…

As Valentine's Day swiftly approaches, love is in the air — even if it's being manufactured by businesses. In addition to Cafe Med's pre-Valentine's champagne brunch Sunday and sweetheart specials dinner on the big day, and dine-for-two deals at California Pizza Kitchen and Marie Callendar's…

If you dine on sushi regularly, you know it can be hard on the pocketbook. Order one roll here, some sashimi, tempura and before you know it, you’re staring at a $60 tab, even without copious amounts of sake.

Bakersfield as a city lands on a lot of lists, many of them bad. So it's a feather in our cap — or umbrella in our drink, as the case may be — when we end up being honored for something positive. We can thank Tiki-Ko, the happening bar on K Street, for the latest good mark when it landed on …

Over the past eight years, many, many chain restaurants have undergone rough times. Logan’s Roadhouse, having emerged from bankruptcy in November, is one such chain with a Bakersfield restaurant that is scrambling to survive. 

Tehachapi just celebrated the opening of the county's first Dunkin' Donuts, but Bakersfield has something even hotter cooking next week. Firehouse Restaurant on Calloway Drive, the chain's second location, is set to open Monday, bringing bowling, pool and other games along with a dedicated w…

Food trucks used to be about convenience. You're in your office, the hunger pangs start, you walk outside and, voila, a food truck is there to satisfy. But these kitchens on wheels have become so sophisticated, the food often comparable or better than what you can get at a nearby restaurant,…

Mimi's Cafe on California Avenue in Bakersfield has closed, according to a woman who answered the phone at the Dallas-based chain's corporate headquarters.

Fit Pantry, the local delivery business focusing on healthy meals, has big plans to ring in 2017. The local business will hold the grand opening of its restaurant and drive-through in the Riverlakes Galleria on Jan. 7.

In the history of Sunday brunches in Bakersfield, we first had the legendary Red Lion buffet on Rosedale Highway, which dazzled us back in the 1980s with a spread worthy of Vegas. Buck Owens took up the crown at his Crystal Palace after it opened 20 years ago, and it's still a wonderful opti…

For decades, Bit of Germany was a little slice of Bavaria on the east side. There was a chalet-type exterior, pictures of the Motherland on the wall, the beer steins, the wienerschnitzel — it all seemed like a retreat from the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

There once was a building on California Avenue that I used to refer to as the Bermuda Triangle for restaurants. Eateries would come and go, sometimes three in a year. The place where dreams went to die. Ghosts walked the aisles. Didn’t matter what concept, what food was coming out of the kit…

Call them the lucky 13 or, better yet, call us — the diners of Bakersfield — the lucky ones. More than a dozen restaurants opened in 2016 that have made restaurant critic Pete Tittl's list of the best, but the lists don't stop there in our 2016 Dining Guide, out Saturday.

For its third year, the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival decided it needed room to groove. So Saturday's event of local food vendors and craft breweries from all over California heads to the Park at River Walk. 

When people talk about history, they expect to pore over old photos or records. But when it comes to grocery stores, you can hop in the car or walk over to Chester Lane Market. Historian John Codd notes it is part of Bakersfield’s living history.

For Veterans Day we honor those who have served our country and those in active duty. The good folks over at The Military Wallet — a personal finance website for military, veterans and their families — have compiled a list of Veterans Day dining deals and we have those along with some local …

Bakersfield loves its chain restaurants so a rumor making the rounds that a TGI Fridays was heading to Valley Plaza Mall didn't seem far-fetched. But, alas, we'll have to continue to get our needs for loaded potato skins and sangria-ritas met elsewhere.

For years now, the only silver foxes spotted at the corner of 18th and R have been the kind who forage for stiff drinks at Mexicali. But restaurateurs Rod and Julie Crawford are hoping to do for the old Silver Fox lounge what they’ve done for the Pyrenees Cafe: bring a beloved Bakersfield in…

Bakersfield's dining renaissance continues in 2016, with a profusion of new restaurants, food trucks and other options, not to mention the ongoing popularity of local favorites. It's a lot to chew on when compiling a year-end guide to the best in dining, which is why restaurant critic Pete T…

If your idea of a Halloween fright is looking at your bank statement and seeing how much you spend on dining, do we have some deals for you. Whether you’re a starving college student or a parent hoping to treat the family, these restaurants have you covered this holiday:

When sisters Elise Modrovich and Dawn Jordan opened the Starlite Lounge in Kernville in May 2015, they were ready to dream big. Along with making a name for themselves as the Kern River Valley’s only wine bar, tasting room and restaurant, they had plans for a big event. That becomes a realit…