Bakersfield enjoys good food about as much as it does helping a good cause. And saving animals in need is one of the big causes close to local hearts. The women of All Seated in a Barn are continuing their initiative to aid rescued horses and donkeys with upcoming events.
The Habit Burger Grill, which has already made a name for itself with its charburgers, is now changing up the menu unveiling a full breakfast lineup.
Unlike Mother's Day, when the maternal figures in your life are happy to celebrate with a brunch resplendent with bottomless mimosas and pretty pastries, Father's Day can be more about the meats. We've rounded up some options geared toward feeding the fathers in your life. (All events take p…
One of the great things about living in Bakersfield is that we’re at ground zero for all the new and innovative food trends like baby carrots, exotic brands of grapes and something I’ve been chasing for months like Ahab going after Moby Dick: Santa Carota beef.
If you're headed to a tiki bar, the only classic you're looking for is a mai tai or a zombie. But Tiki-Ko is bringing in a well-known libation for a good cause.
It’s official: I’m going to invest in some spy equipment to sweep for bugs in the newsroom. That’s because someone must have overheard me saying — yet again — that we need a taco festival in Bakersfield. And then they actually put one together.
In 1938, the Salvation Army declared the first National Doughnut Day. Eighty years later, we're still sweet on the breakfast treats. Here's a look at some deals and special flavors on the local menu for Friday.
While I’ve often said I’ll never understand the lines outside Olive Garden, I’ll also never understand why Romano’s Macaroni Grill doesn’t give its neighbor Chili’s more competition. People inevitably wait patiently in line for a seat at that first chain restaurant, but while Macaroni Grill …
Restaurateur Roger Coughenour wasn't looking to open a second business. Old River Grill has been doing a bustling business since 2013, first on Stockdale Highway then to its current location on Brimhall Road.
There was an event for the Bakersfield rodeo and we weren't even invited. To be fair, there isn't actually a local rodeo; the Baskets Family Rodeo is the creation of the FX TV comedy series "Baskets," which is set in our town. But that was the subject of an Emmy for your consideration event …
Some days, it seems like we talk a lot about downtown. But this week, it was merited as local restaurants knocked it out of the park with new offerings. A quick rundown:
When it comes to chain restaurants, there are some that stand out, rise above the rest, and often they’re smaller chains like Tahoe Joe’s or Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, which opened three years ago at Valley Plaza and has been packing them in ever since. The Long Beach-based family-owned…
Deep in festival season, June should be a scorcher and we're not just talking about the weather. We already announced the Downtown Craft Beer Festival — formerly the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival — on June 23 (but we'll have more on vendors below). Now comes news of a brand-new event at Ca…
There are some spaces downtown that just have so much charm no matter the quality of the food: the Padre, T.L. Maxwell’s and the bar at Bill Lee’s, beckoning all those mai tai lovers.
Anyone who has dined at a local Basque restaurant knows the joys of a communal table. But how does the camaraderie extend when the table seats more than a hundred people?
There are plenty of ways we should be showing teachers how much we appreciate them but Tuesday, we can start with a meal. In honor of Teachers Appreciation Day, a few restaurants are serving up deals for those hard-working teachers.
No mother, or mother figure, really wants to cook on her special day. And she certainly doesn't want to do any dishes. So treat the special lady in your life to a day like no other, with a meal fit for the queen she is.
If you prefer this space when I eviscerate some restaurant, laying waste to an institution expecting to be paid for culinary incompetence, you’d best move along.
There's no place like home, but when you are looking for a worthy place to hang your hat — or stretch your Tommy Bahama short-clad legs — head downtown.
The local vegan dining scene has taken off in the past year. When it was once tough to find an acceptable menu item in this predominately meat-and-cheesy-potatoes town, options have expanded beyond a limp side salad.
If there’s one part of the restaurant business I’d be leery of getting into it’s the sandwich segment. The competition is killer. Sandwiches are everywhere, and long ago Subway changed the business by offering fresh-baked buns. Jersey Mike’s and others have followed that model. Local forces …
It was a sad day in February when David Dobbs, owner of Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, said that the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival, which he helped found, was not coming back as it had been.
For the record, vinyl is alive and well, in part thanks to events like Record Store Day. In its 11th year, the annual event is celebrated by stores around the world including our two local record stores, Going Underground and World Records.
Folks, we are in the midst of an explosion of moderately priced Asian fusion cuisine restaurants in Bakersfield, and the best of the bunch overall could be the humble ReMix Asian Kitchen in the River Walk Medical Plaza.
Carbs plus carbs divided by an 80-plus-degree afternoon seems like an equation for disaster. But never underestimate the power of the mac. The Mac and Cheese Festival returns for the fifth year to Cal State Bakersfield, promising a day of pasta and generous pours of beer and wine.
Bakersfield, get ready to dine and donate again. Buffalo Wild Wings is hosting its Community Day on Wednesday, partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County to aid its sports programs
Looking for a fresh opportunity to dine and donate to a good cause? Bakersfield diners will have a chance this Saturday during the grand opening at a new Bakersfield Panda Express.
Move over, Uber Eats: Grubhub is grabbing a piece of the local food delivery scene. After operating in Bakersfield on the system requiring restaurants to provide their own drivers, the delivery service has rolled out its own couriers in an expansion to 34 markets.
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? Fresco Mexican Grill is giving away $20,000 worth of free food between now and June 15 to first-time users of Grubhub.
One website that’s intrigued me lately is Quora, where people post questions on politics, business, food, religion — almost anything — and those signed on volunteer answers, which can then be voted up or down. When a man asked about the feasibility of retiring outside the United States, a m…
Everyone deserves a holiday, including the hard-working vendors of the Haggin Oaks farmers market. But those purveyors of produce, poke and other delightful foods and goods are not really taking a break. They're just moving the fun to Friday for an early evening market.
As a native Midwesterner, I’ve been to pretty much all the famous Chicago deep-dish pizza places, and seldom have I found such a product in Bakersfield. For a long time I was a fan of the Sicilian pizza served at Pizza Bob’s in various locations, but that was a Detroit-style product and ther…
Easter is coming and Jesus will rise as miraculously as the Parkerhouse rolls coming out of the oven for your holiday supper. Of course, if you're not in the mood to cook, plenty of local restaurants and businesses will make sure your family is fed.
The axiom "the customer is always right" was never truer than at Amestoy's on the Hill. So when regular attendees of the annual Chile Verde Cook-off decried plans to move it away from the northeast bar, owner Mike Miller granted the event a stay.
Pop-up shops are nothing new for Bakersfield but an impromptu gathering for unique doughnuts? Well, that's certainly a sweet surprise. The What Up Dough Experience, coming Saturday to the Stockdale Affairs Event Center, promises to be unlike any doughnut experience you've ever had.