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…

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 …

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 …

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 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.

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.

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.

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.