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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.

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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. 

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.