Everyone is preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, whether shopping and prepping or getting ready to travel or rely on family or someone else to do the cooking.
In good news for local business, La Costa Mariscos announced it will open a second location at Old River Road and Stockdale Highway in 2018.
This year we’ve had a real burst of growth in Thai, sushi and Indian restaurants, and what’s happened here at Haveli Indian Grill was inevitable.
Timed with the major superhero release of "Justice League," Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza with IMAX will also supersize its menu. On Friday, it will launch an expanded menu with dozens of new items designed by veteran Food Network Chef Santos Loo.
Menudo and chile verde have their own local food festivals but what of the tamale? The humble Mexican dish, popular around the holidays, is finally getting its moment in the event spotlight with the first Tamale Fest Sunday at Stramler Park.
For three years, Uber drivers have been delivering Bakersfield passengers to their destinations. Starting Monday morning, they'll be bringing dinner to you.
One of the more low-key success stories on the local restaurant scene is the small La Fonda Taqueria y Mariscos chain, with four locations — two in Bakersfield, one each in Wasco and Shafter. It’s an exceptional value noted for authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual family atmosphere, with ev…
Bakersfield’s fourth craft brewery, preparing to break ground in southwest Bakersfield, is aiming for a fall opening next year.
With bacon and craft beer already a winning combination, how does an annual festival up the ante? For the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival, it does so by adding some particularly Bakersfield touches.
Word of mouth is gold in the restaurant business. Advertising, critics' reviews, money spent on remodeling — all pale in comparison to the power of informal, one-on-one recommendations from friends and family.
Looking for an afternoon of good wine and food and even better company? Then Kernville is the place to be Saturday for the second annual Cork N Fork Wine & Food Festival.
Ghosts and goblins have nothing on the frightening things eating away at your monthly budget. Make that look at the bank statement a bit less scary this month with some Halloween dining deals.
Do you ever get hungry late at night? The last thing you want to do is cook. And you certainly don't want to hop in your car and drive somewhere to pick up food, considering you're probably in sweats and looking your worst. You don't want to risk running into someone you know, right?
We've got a lot of great restaurants in town representing a variety of cuisines but we're missing a classic Jewish delicatessen. That's going to change, at least for one day, when Chabad of Bakersfield holds its Pop-Up Jewish Deli.
Embracing a national trend, Sonder is eager to make you feel at home, offering a relaxing, social, fun experience, with decent food strictly as a side attraction.
Denny's calls itself America's Diner but thanks to a remodel, one local restaurant in the chain is now more like Bakersfield's Diner. Of course, we can share it with anyone who visits.
Valley Plaza has a few tasty addition coming its way with a still-unnamed restaurant going up where the Sears Auto Center was and a Five Guys set to open inside the mall. Meanwhile something sweet is cooking near center court.
As hockey fans gear up for the Condors' home opener Thursday, there will be something even more exciting than what's on the ice (no offense to the team) going on at Rabobank Arena. The venue will debut its upgraded video board, new lounge, craft beer bar and new concessions featuring Chinese…
Cooler weather makes for optimal festival weather and for two church communities, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church and Sacred Heart Church, Sunday was a day full of festival fun.
Whatever the cause, Bakersfield businesses are creative about finding ways to help out. Here are the latest do-gooding spots to support this month.
KC Steakhouse has been a downtown institution since 1939, but in recent years the kitchen has taken it up a notch in ways that are pretty impressive.
Just when you thought the good folks at St. George Greek Orthodox Church were ready to rest on their well-earned laurels for the annual Greek Food Festival, they decide to spice it up.
It has been four years since volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center in east Bakersfield cooked up the idea to take the already highly successful barbecue fundraising model and use it to generate funds for the facility. That first year, no one knew what to expect.
Is vanilla too plain for you? Do you want more rocks in your rocky road? Then Moo Creamery has just the thing at its ninth annual Flavor Awards on Sunday. For the annual contest, the restaurant takes customer suggestions for new and unique flavors, which it narrows down to eight finalists. A…
Eureka! is not a restaurant that rests. It seems every few months they adapt to current food trends, change the menu, cut loose some items, embrace the new and different. Sure, there’s always excellent craft beers, whiskey, burgers and sandwiches — those never go away — but you never know wh…
I suspect there is a lot that Jeannie Burton, fair concessions supervisor, and I would agree on but nothing more so than knowing that food is the No. 1 draw for the Kern County Fair. For any fair really, since the carnival/livestock/community exhibit extravaganza can make you feel like a kid…
We're still more than a week out from the start of October but some of us are already in a Halloween state of mind. That includes Gaslight Melodrama, which opens its seasonally appropriate “Dracula's Big Adventure" on Friday.
With the fall semester underway at Bakersfield College, its culinary arts students at are hard at work at the on-campus restaurant Renegade Room, which opened Sept. 6.
With Monday being National Cheeseburger Day, diners will be looking for deals to snag their favorite burger. We found some contenders with the help of offers.com. Note: Check with specific locations that they are honoring the deals.
Hey sushi lovers! Are you in a rut? Do you feel that your taste buds need to be startled by something completely new, completely different? Something that would rock your world.
With the school year in full swing, parents are stocking up on baby carrots to pack in lunches and serve as after-school snacks. That produce only has a short trip to local stores since Kern County is the nation's leader in carrot production. Grimmway Farms is one of the county's top produce…
You may often hear about downtown Bakersfield's thriving dining scene but if work or fun doesn't often bring you there, it just feels like talk. The Bakersfield Downtown Business Association is making it easier to sample some of the area's best Thursday at its Taste of Downtown.
The weather may start to cool in September, but this month is heating up with exciting food events. Here's a quick look at what's been going on.
Many restaurants hold a soft opening, allowing staff to learn the ropes and customers to get an early taste of what's to come. That's usually followed by a grand opening, and, come Saturday, Sonder is ready to party.
A reader sent us a note asking us to the check out the “New Peking Palace.” “I know you gave them a favorable review the last time you visited,” she wrote in an email. “The damage it sustained in Dec. 2015, closing for about a year, has really hurt business. I think many have taken it off th…
If you're headed out to "Bakersfield's high school reunion," aka Village Fest, don't get struck by the "Bakersfield curse."
Those who say there’s nothing for young people to do in town have never been to either Rush Air Sports, the trampoline heaven near Temblor, or the Bakersfield Karting Experience, located in the old Costco building on Gilmore, all just north of Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.
Cheers! Thursday is National Cabernet Day, paying tribute to the full-bodied and fruity cabernet sauvignon. For local oenophiles and occasional imbibers, that is a reason to celebrate.
The sign at 2104 18th St., touting "Brews and Bouquets," is small and unassuming. Cars passing along the busy downtown street may miss it entirely. But take note: There's a lot more brewing at The Belle Rae than meets the eye.
The evolution of the food truck business is typically to build a brick and mortar once the name and reputation have been established. And usually the truck stays on the street, and the restaurant supplements the business, at least that’s the practice in L.A.
Downtown's dining scene is definitely thriving but that doesn't mean there’s not room to grow. September is likely to be hot, hot, hot — and it's not just because of the popular Latination art exhibition for First Friday — with the arrival of Greek and Cuban fare.
Word of mouth is doing good things for Shoyu Sushi, a great new restaurant in the northeast. Reader David Irvine tipped me off to the eatery, which opened in April across from BC’s Memorial Stadium in a shopping center that’s also home to a Mexican restaurant and a Tony’s Pizza.