May is National Burger Month and in honor of that, Black Angus Steakhouse has grilled up six new Badass Burgers for its lunch menu.

Whether you want to pile on the meat or love some heat, this lineup has something for you. Options are:

Al pastor burger: Dressed to impress with pickled jalapeño, pepper Jack cheese, ham, bacon and pineapple jam.

Barbecue bacon burger: Topped with barbecue sauce, house-brined bread and butter pickles, onion rings, cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and coleslaw.

Patty melt burger: Served on rye bread with double the cheese and sauteed onions.

Pastrami Reuben burger: Sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing top this burger served on rye bread.

SOB (south of the border) burger: Topped with three versions of jalapeños, this one will be a hit with those who like a spicy kick.

Buffalo and bleu burger: Wing lovers will enjoy this one topped with Buffalo sauce, blue cheese and shredded cabbage.

These Badass Burgers are only available at lunch through the end of May.

The local Black Angus, 3601 Rosedale Highway, is also hosting a contest on its Facebook page, offering a $30 gift card for users answering burger trivia. Two winners will be selected each week through May.

If you like your burger spicy, check out a couple of new options at these chains.

The Habit Burger revived its popular tempura jalapeño charburger. First introduced in late 2015, the spicy dish has been one of the most requested items. Crispy fried peppers are the signature of the burger, which is also topped with housemade spicy jalapeno ranch mustard, American cheese, and the standard chopped lettuce, hand-sliced tomatoes and pickles. The $4.99 burger is available now through May 30.

Carl's Jr. is spicing up its value menu with the jalapeno double cheeseburger, which features five jalapeno coins, two slices of pepper Jack cheese, Santa Fe sauce, lettuce and tomato on a soft, classic-style bun. It sells for $2.49, or as a combo meal with fries and a drink for $4.99.

New parents this month can also take part in Red Robin's Born to Burger contest. To celebrating the birth of budding burger enthusiasts in May, the chain is offering parents a way to get the babies a special birthday gift.

Parents should follow @redrobinburgers on Instagram (and let the restaurant follow them back), then post a photo of the new baby tagging @redrobinburgers and adding hashtags #borntoburger and #sweepstakes in the caption. If selected, Red Robin will reach out for more baby details and send them the infant's official Burg Certificate via email.

Of the 1,000 randomly selected, they will be able to claim a free burger (up to $15 in value) from Red Robin each May starting next year for the next 18 years with proof of ID.

Hungry for Bakersfield

Hungry Howie’s is living up to its name in Bakersfield, opening up another new location on Gosford Road. That's the fourth store for the pizza chain known for its flavored crust pizza,

The new store will hold a ribbon cutting at 1:45 p.m. Monday at 4500 Gosford Road, Suite 104. As part of the celebration, it is offering a deal on a $7.99 large one-topping flavored-crust pizza and donating a portion of sales on Monday and Tuesday. Ten percent of Monday's sales will go toward Old River Elementary School and Donald E. Suburu Elementary School is Tuesday's beneficiary.

Slam Dunkin’ for diners

Dunkin’ Donuts will hold a grand opening for its first Bakersfield location on May 23 with a ribbon-cutting event. The drive-through, at 1211 Allen Road, Suite 300, will be Kern County’s second store, with Tehachapi’s Dunkin’ open since December.

Throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu items — like fresh brewed coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee — and take photos with brand mascot, Cuppy.

A $1,000 check will also be presented to Honor Flight Kern County, in support of those who have served the country.

The Bakersfield Dunkin’ Donuts will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Feed your soul in Tehachapi

Fans of The Shed in Tehachapi will be pleased to learn it's open again under owner and chef Mano Lujan, Tehachapi News reports.

Lujan, who purchased the restaurant (then The Apple Shed) in February 2015, had to close the restaurant late last year in order to care for his aging mother, who has Alzheimer's. Now Lujan has found a groove and reopened the restaurant as The Shed Soul Kitchen.

The restaurant launched a soft opening last month, so Lujan could familiarize his staff with his soul food recipes, including shrimp etouffee, oxtails and fried gizzards.

The eating area accommodates about 45 diners, with the remainder of the restaurant used to feature The Candy Shop, with new owner Sorina Gonzales, bakery and a new farmers market area featuring specialty produce and food items.

Lujan is incorporating weekly specials, like gumbo on Wednesdays, "Thanksgiving Thursday" with all the fixings and jambalaya on Fridays. He told Tehachapi News that customers are excited he will offer seafood boils on the weekends.

"Traditional crab, shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob, onions, sausage and bread, served on a big platter at your table, by the pound ... a seafood pound."

The Shed Soul Kitchen, at 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Check out more on the restaurant's Facebook page,

In the 'que all week long

Famous Dave's offers a feast of barbecue all week long. Here's a rundown of how to fill your plate.

Get a slammin' BBQ sandwich for Monday ‘Que Madness. The dish is $5.99 for choice of Georgia chopped pork or barbecue pulled chicken (brisket for $1 extra), plus choice of one side. Enjoy a Feast for Two-sday ($29.99) with a family-style meal of St. Louis-style spareribs, country-roasted chicken, Georgia chopped pork, coleslaw, fries, Wilbur beans, sweet corn and corn bread muffins. A feast sure to satisfy multiple appetites. Half Rack Hump Day dishes up a platter of ribs — sauced or naked — for $13.99, served with choice of two sides and a corn bread muffin. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Southside rip tips (dine-in only) on Thursdays, served with jalapeño pickled red onions, spicy Hell-Fire pickles, Southside barbecue sauce, choice of two sides and a corn bread muffin. Fridays and Saturdays are for the All-American BBQ Feast with generous helpings of St. Louis-style spareribs, country-roasted chicken, Georgia chopped pork, coleslaw, fries, Wilbur beans, sweet corn and corn bread muffins. And go homestyle on Sunday with Dave's half chicken dinner ($9.99) with your choice of country-roasted, barbecue or fried chicken with choice of side and a corn bread muffin.

Greek food festivals

The local Greek Food Festival is not until October but organizers know the desire for baklava, spanikopita and gyros is not just a once-a-year thing. To help out the hungry, they shared a link to Hellenic Festival, a marketing site that promotes Greek-American events throughout the country. If you're up for a road trip this month, here are some ways to go Greek in the Golden State:

OC Greek Festival, May 19-21 in Anaheim (

Eat Like A Greek Food Faire, May 19-21 in Santa Cruz (

Oakland Greek Festival, May 19-21 in Oakland (

Marin Greek Festival, May 26-28 in Novato (

Roseville Greek Food & Wine Festival,  May 26-28 in Roseville (

Valley Greek Festival, May 27-29 in Northridge (

Find more festivals happening this summer at

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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