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.
Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila: Cheeseburger sliders $1 all day — along with $4 flavored margaritas. Choose from original (grilled onions, mustard, ketchup and pickles) or spicy (roasted jalapenos and smoky chipotle ketchup).
Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar: Cheeseburger and fries pizza, a small pan pie topped with garlic cream sauce, seasoned ground beef, onions, chopped pickles, crispy fries, mustard, ketchup, super secret burger sauce and cheese, is available one day only for $12.
Applebee's: For $6.99, diners can enjoy their choice of burger — including all-day brunch, quesadilla or whiskey bacon burgers — served with fries for $6.99.
Farmer Boys: Enjoy a big cheese cheeseburger for $1 with coupon printed from the chain's Facebook page (facebook.com/FarmerBoysFood). The restaurant is also holding a fundraiser for National Hunger Month by which patrons who make a $2 or $5 donation can bring back that receipt to receive that discount on a future visit. That fundraiser runs now through Oct. 9.
The Habit Burger Grill: Speaking of fundraisers, this chain is offering a certificate for a free charburger with a $2 (or greater) donation to No Kid Hungry. The offer is available throughout the month.
Black Angus Steakhouse: Choose a Buffalo and blue cheeseburger or steakhouse bacon cheeseburger, served with a 16-ounce draft beer and choice of coleslaw or fries, for $10. Offer only good in the BullsEye Bar.
Burger King: Two for $6 whopper mix and match (pair whopper with the original chicken sandwich, big fish sandwich or another whopper)
Johnny Rockets: Free burger when you join the Rocket E-Club, although you might not be able to celebrate by Monday
McDonald’s: Buy one large sandwich and get one free when you order through the McDonald’s app, valid through Oct. 1.
Sonic Drive-In: Classic cheeseburger and medium-sized onion rings for $2.99
Wendy’s: New $5 giant junior bacon cheeseburger meal includes four-piece chicken nuggets, small fries and small drink
Along with deals, national food holidays are great for compiling trivia. Some Golden State facts, courtesy of offers.com find:
California's favorite add-on on their cheeseburger is condiments, such as Ketchup and Mustard (Nationwide, condiments also triumphed with 20 percent of respondents)
American is favorite cheese to top the burgers of Californians — and 35 percent of the nation.
Californians admit they eat cheeseburgers at least once a week, and spend a maximum of $20 at their favorite burger spot each trip. (Easy to manage at Five Guys.)
Infographic from Offers.com
This summer Autonomy Farms filmed with the crew of "Billion Dollar Buyer." The CNBC reality show follows businessman Tilman Fertitta, CEO and owner of Landry's Inc., as he works with small business owners to see if they have what it takes to partner with the company, which supplies his restaurants, hotels and entertainment brands.
The local farm, run by Meredith Bell, is looking to partner with Mastro's Steakhouse, a high-end restaurant group with locations across the nation that currently offers menu items from large-scale distributors and corn-finished beef. People can share their feedback with the business, letting them know they should order Autonomy's grass-fed beef and locally grown produce by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Bell is asking anyone who emails Mastro's to send a copy to email@example.com.
What's your flavor?
Moo Creamery is again looking for cool contenders in its ninth annual Flavor Awards. Creative culinary types can suggest their flavor now through Sept. 29 at the restaurant, 4885 Truxtun Ave, Suite B.
Previous winning flavors include Follow the Peanut Brittle Road, vanilla ice cream with peanut brittle chunks and peanut butter and caramel swirl; Potato Farmer, vanilla bean/Kirschenmann potato chip ice cream base with white chocolate-dipped potato chips and a salted caramel swirl; and first-ever winner, a jalapeno cream cheese ice cream with raspberries, which still pops up on the menu from time to time.
Finalists will be selected and sample batches made for the awards on Oct. 8. Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a Mexican fiesta buffet topped by all the ice cream they can eat. Tickets are $30, $15 for children 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Call 861-1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Sip and socialize
Happy hour and weekend brunch seem to be the hottest times for in-the-know diners to catch up and chow down. Two restaurants recently announced expanded offerings during this hot dining times.
Romano's Macaroni Grill kicked off an ambitious new happy hour promotion in 16 of its Southern California locations, including Bakersfield's at 8850 Rosedale Highway.
Holly Wagstaff-Bellomo, vice president of marketing for the chain, said in a news release: "We have received a lot of great feedback from our Southern California guests asking for a happy hour program like this, so we wanted them to be the first to experience our new happy hour menu."
Offered in the restaurant's bar from 3 p.m. until closing daily, the program offers options at $4, $5 and $6 levels.
The $4 menu: whipped feta, warm, creamy cheese served with rosemary bread points; Mediterranean olives, seasoned and served warm; bruschetta, rilled peasant bread topped with whipped ricotta, Roma tomatoes, garlic and basil; and loaded fries, smothered with crispy prosciutto, parmesan and Gorgonzola, a rich mozzarella cheese sauce and Calabrian chile peppers.
Beverages include draft beers and well drinks as well as frizzantes, aka nonalcoholic Italian margaritas served in cucumber, strawberry and basil varieties.
The $5 menu: pizza piattos, 3-inch pizzas served in threes with choice of mushroom and goat cheese, with a blend of porcini and oyster mushrooms, caramelized onion, fonduta and tangy goat cheese; prosciutto and greens, with whipped feta, lemon arugula, cucumber and red pepper; margherita, with Roma tomatoes, Italian-imported fresh mozzarella and basil; or pepperoni.
Beverages are house wine and sangria (red and white for either) and a variety of premium mixed drinks.
The $6 menu: crispy artichokes, served with charred lemon and citrus black pepper aioli; ricotta meatballs, a pair of housemade beef, veal, pork and ricotta meatballs, with caramelized onions, red chile, arrabbiata sauce and whipped ricotta; caprese salad, with Italian-imported buffalo mozzarella and a honey balsamic glaze; and signature mac and cheese bites, a quartet of fried balls of four-cheese pasta served with truffle dip.
Beverages are the premium wines (red, white and rose), Italian Margaritas, in prima (classic), cucumber and strawberry and basil varieties; and signature cocktails such as the bellini, blood orange cosmo, perfect martini, negroni or Limoncello mojito.
The chain plans to expand its happy hour program to all its locations nationwide by this fall.
Meanwhile, Eureka! is adding the brunch set to those headed out watching football on the weekends. The new menu, offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, runs the gamut from from light to luxurious.
Dishes include bread pudding French toast with blueberry compote and whiskey creme anglaise; chilaquiles featuring ranchero tortilla chips, two eggs, feta, sour cream, purple onions, avocado, and pico de gallo; fried chicken and sweet corn bread, topped with whipped salted butter, jalapeño-infused maple glaze and bacon; avocado toast, topped with a hardboiled egg, diced tomatoes, watermelon radish and chimichurri; 6 Pack breakfast burrito with eggs, ground turkey, black beans, pepper trio, avocado, and served with charred tomato salsa; and the classic breakfast (two eggs, house potatoes, baguette and a choice of bacon or sausage).
You can wet your whistle with weekend cocktails Weekend Thyme (gin, aquavit, carrot, ginger, thyme, and lemon) or Do You Even Juice Bro (tequila, tomatillo, tomato, cucumber, and horseradish). And Eureka! is continuing its $5 bloody Mary or mimosa offer.
Eureka! is at 10520 Stockdale Highway.