Eating healthier got a bit easier in the southwest with the opening of a new Flame Broiler. The latest local franchise of the chain known for serving healthy and delicious rice bowls will celebrate with a grand opening on Monday.
Ready for the deep dish in local pizza news? Cubbies Chicago Style Pizza plans to close its northwest location next month for a rebranding.
Despite its small size and low-profile location away from most of the action downtown, Nuestro Mexico continues to evolve as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bakersfield, which is saying a lot.
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That was the case with organizers of the annual Mac and Cheese Fest who, although they plan to continue the pasta party, were looking for something more encompassing. Thus the birth of Bakersfield Brunch Fest, which kicks off Saturday at Kern …
Although a Halloween theme isn't necessary for every event in October, it does make them a bit more thrilling. The Cal State Bakersfield Alumni Association is ready to scare up some fun with its annual Party in the Park, taking place Oct. 18.
Those who moan when another new Mexican restaurant opens in Bakersfield that we’re just getting more of the same have not been to Panchito’s Restaurant, a new place in the Eastchester neighborhood.
For many, the Halloween season is an exciting time, planning costumes, decorating their home and enjoying themed treats. Bakeries often step up their decorating game to feed the need for spooky sweets.
The list of favorite foods at the annual Greek Food Festival is long — shish kebabs, lamb shank, gyros, spanikopita, tiropita, baklava, loukoumades, etc. — but one thing was missing until now: chicken. The protein will pack a spicy punch as a new addition at this weekend's festival at St. Ge…
For those missing chef Lino Gonzales’ pork belly tacos, we have good news. Now you won’t have to drive up to Alta Sierra for their taco fix. Gonzales and wife Frances Cueto are busy putting the finishing touches on a new location on Panama Lane, set to open in November.
If there’s a restaurant you can count on for a consistently great lunch and dinner, it’s Benji’s French Basque Restaurant on Rosedale Highway.
Dining options at Valley Plaza have changed radically in recent years. In the food court, Five Guys took over from Tommie’s, Ike’s moved into Subway and Hot Dog on a Stick, a chain getting down to its last sausages due to financial stress, went away. Que Pasa closed its restaurant near Red R…
A cheeseburger is just another slice of Americana. The classic dish gets its moment in the spotlight Wednesday with the celebration of National Cheeseburger Day. From deals to special offerings, local diners have plenty of Gouda options.
I’m always grateful that readers are sending me emails telling me what’s happening so I can stay abreast of what’s changing in Bakersfield restaurants.
This year’s fair theme — The Food. The Fun. The Fair! — could use a slight modifier because it’s fried food that is coming in hot among the new additions to the Kern County Fair. Along with a number of new concessions, fair fare that’s had a dip in the deep fryer is going to be what you’ll w…
Bakersfield got a little bit more Fat with the opening of Fatburger in northeast Bakersfield. The popular Hollywood burger chain opened its first Bakersfield location at Oswell and Bernard streets in a small shopping center also home to a Wingstop.
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting restaurants when I’m driving around. It’s a habit, and when kind readers aren’t telling me about new and promising spots I have to find my own.
The Guild House reopened with a new look Tuesday after volunteers spent part of the summer painting and redecorating the 1908 landmark to bring it more in line with how the structure might have appeared when it was first built.
I’ve owned many brands of vehicles in my driving lifetime and I’ve found few car dealership service departments I could trust, so I often sought out a trustworthy, factory-trained independent mechanic to do the work. What too many dealerships did in my experience was what occurred with an Ac…
Pete Tittl reviews Goose Loonies Tap House this week. How is this Goose different? One key difference is it’s open seven days a week, unlike the other Goose which is closed two days. The walls have wood shiplap, a large American flag, exposed ventilation tubes, lots of TVs spread around, the…
The restaurant business is a funny thing, sometimes the clientele is not influenced as much by great food and service but goofy things like how you can actually drive into the lot. I have an old friend who was taught long ago by someone from the Mossman family that it’s important to have a p…
Times have been tough for table service breakfast spots in the Northeast in the past year. First Cindy’s closed after decades in business, and then Lumberjack put down the ax after opening the chain’s first Bakersfield restaurant on Mt. Vernon. All you really had was Marie Callender’s.
P.F. Chang's, the popular Asian-themed restaurant chain, has invited Bakersfield residents to compete in its Freestyle Lettuce Wrap Contest for a chance at a $25,000 prize.
In my travels this summer I came across the most amazing place in Encinitas called The Taco Stand. Apparently they used all the creativity in the kitchen and not on the name, because everything is made in-house and it’s so good there’s a constant line of people outside waiting to order at th…
Reader Richard Hudgens was the first to tip me off to a new breakfast and lunch place in the northwest called Skillets Diner, located on Hageman in the old space occupied by Krush. (Krush is in the process of locating to a new location north of Rosedale Highway on Gosford Road near Raising C…
Moo Creamery, like Red Pepper, is a local jewel, a treasure that is constantly tweaking the “specials” portion of its menu to offer new and different and trendy fare.
There are some cool townhouse apartments in the Mill Creek area that are available for lease, and I’m afraid if I moved in, my budget would be destroyed in a month, maybe two, as the temptation to spend all disposable income would be irresistible with the restaurants located just a short walk away.
A few years ago, food trucks were exploding in popularity all over town and one I wrote about that was particularly promising was hard to find: Fuego’s, tucked away on Rosedale Highway with picnic tables, tarps for shade and a dedicated customer base that kept the place busy even if you need…
The 18hundred in downtown Bakersfield has opened with about the same visual and culinary impact that the Padre Hotel and The Mark did when they started serving people.
Renovation of the old bank building on 18th Street and Chester Avenue has captivated downtown Bakersfield for years, as its stucco facade was removed and its original form was restored. Now, it's open as The 18hundred, a new restaurant that our food columnist Pete Tittl says is "a worthy ten…
It is so great not just to see locally owned restaurants thriving, but going strong to the second generation and beyond, like Luigi’s, Uricchio’s and Jake’s Tex Mex Café, which is celebrating its 33rd year after Skip Slayton turned the reins over to his daughter Sarah.
As a threat to summer diets everywhere, Friday is National Doughnut Day and one local bakery is getting ready to serve up some truly unique creations.
A reader who felt I was spending enough time praising the upscale Mexican places in town like Red Pepper, La Costa Mariscos and Nuestro Mexico thought I needed to visit a new hole in the wall on the east side, Mi Sinaloa.
It's a good time to be eating in Bakersfield. Along with a strong crop of existing restaurants and food businesses, we have more opening or on the way this spring. So let's dive in.
This is just your friendly reminder that before summer sends us running for the shade there are a few food-related events headed your way. Make an afternoon or evening of these festivals and fundraisers sure to fill your belly and maybe your spirit.
Two small restaurant franchises recently opened stores in Bakersfield. One was returning after leaving us years ago, the other is blazing a new trail with locations at both the Valley Plaza and The Marketplace.
Very few topics get people going in Bakersfield than where to eat. Combine that with a downtown restaurant property that's been closely watched for signs of opening and you have quite the opening week buzz.
It will be a decade of giving back for the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation, which will hold its annual "Send a Kid to Camp" Luncheon at Outback Steakhouse on Friday.
McDonald's is about as American as you can get but we know the chain has a global reach — and specialities. Most of the time, American diners have to content themselves reading about the dishes only offered at international locations but that's about to change this summer.
Sure, Lightning in a Bottle is a music festival first, along with a number of workshops, informational sessions and art activity. But along with feeding your soul and mind, this event has plans on addressing your most basic hunger with an assortment of dining options.
While another event lays claim to the title "party of the year," Cal State Bakersfield's annual Spring BBQ is regarded by many as the official start to summer.