What is Best of?

Entering its 27th year, the Best Of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Poll showcases the people, places and things that make Kern County truly unique.

Best Of certificates are displayed proudly on windows, walls and offices like badges of honor earned after countless hours, days, weeks and years serving the community.

To be named a “Best Of” winner or favorite is to be among elite company – a distinction granted by the people who call this place home.

Each year brings anticipation and excitement, from the nomination process, voting to determine the top three, all the way to the big reveal. Will giants be dethroned? Is this the year a longtime favorite claims the title of winner? Will a newcomer catch everyone by surprise?

You decide.


Voting has ended. The Best Of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Poll voting took place from January 20, 2020 through February 16, 2020.


Winners will be published in the May issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine on April 25, 2020.

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