If I was pressed to describe the food at Muertos Kitchen & Lounge, I’d use the phrase stylish bar food. The bar is usually set pretty low in bars for a decent meal. If it’s hot and preferably greasy, it’ll satisfy. The kitchen here has always aimed higher.
While we're always fast to note when a new eatery or business opens, we don't always keep track of anniversaries. Two local spots will be hitting different milestones: Cafe Smitten turns one and Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant is celebrating a decade in Bakersfield.
When The Mark Restaurant opened downtown back in 2012 it immediately set itself up as a competitor to The Padre for the King of Downtown in both elegance and culinary ambitions. The place had class, style and a kitchen that could do everything from meatloaf to a fine steak with panache.
Let's dispel an old adage: The stomach is not just the way to a man's heart. Any would-be gourmet is likely to be wooed by a well-appointed meal.
The top reason this column can be useful to readers is introducing them to restaurants like Lino’s Mexican Cuisine in Pumpkin Center.
What is a food without a national day? Would pizza taste as good if we didn't have a day to celebrate it? Of course, pizza is life, but that's besides the point. The pie's big day is Feb. 9 and, although not everybody will be celebrating, we have a few deals worth checking out.
With recent mentions of Philly cheesesteaks served at Jersey Mike’s and the Crest Bar & Grill, reader George Gillburg wrote to inform me about how wonderful the cheesesteak is at Leo’s Burgers on Ming Avenue. Specifically he thought the East Coast provost at the Crest was less a French d…
Things are heating up at Valley Plaza Mall with the grand opening of Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza. In recognition of the opening, the chain will offer a free build-your-own-pizza to fans that day.
A lot of eyes are looking toward next Sunday. Sure the Eagles face the Patriots (go Birds!) but more importantly, it's one of the biggest snacking days of the year.
The Downtown Red Zone Sports Bar & Grill has 22 television screens, plenty of food, beer and friendly servers to welcome sports fans and anyone looking for a good meal.
There are plenty of reasons to head to the farmers markets, which take place Saturday and Sunday around town. But along with all the fresh produce and locally made products just waiting to be transformed in your kitchen, there are also items for the lazy eaters among us. The Sunday Haggin Oa…
Three years ago we were surprised by all the grace notes we found at Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill, a new establishment on Panama Lane. Apparently enough other customers were won over so they could open a second location across from the Rabobank Arena.
Something new is cooking at The Kitchen. The 20th Street business, which offers cooking classes and hosts private parties, has a trio of new owners with a strong culinary pedigree.
I saw enough “Twilight Zone” episodes back in the ‘60s to be very wary of any robots, particularly those that always want to take over humankind. It’s to the point that you wonder if any other type of robot exists. Must they all be power-hungry?
Just as we've been praising the emergence of new food businesses in town, so too the pendulum swings the other way with closures as well. Flame Burger announced earlier this week that it will close after dinner service on Sunday.
It’s been way too long since we devoted an entire column to one of Bakersfield’s most interesting restaurants, the Crest Bar & Grill. It’s got a lot of interesting facts going for it. For one, it’s located on the site of the old Crest Drive-in. I confess to taking my kids there to see on…
The Crest Bar and Grill is located at 5025 Wible Road in Bakersfield in the Bakersfield R.V. Resort. Many consider Crest Bar and Grill as a great place to eat.
There's a lot going on east of Chester Avenue these days and one of the tastiest additions lands Monday as Salty's BBQ and Catering heads downtown.
For many, the "new year, new me" after New Year's Day can go a couple of ways. You can start looking into healthier dining options and step up (or start) the exercises or you can indulge further with no regard for the calendar. We've got you covered either way.
One of the best values for Sunday brunch, especially for families, is found at Hodel’s Country Dining. Not only are the parents priced at $12.50 a person, but children pay $6.50 or $7.50 (depending on age) for a feast that will keep those tykes full all day.
When the third season of "Billion Dollar Buyer" debuts Wednesday on CNBC, Bakersfield viewers have a bigger reason to tune in than expecting an enjoyable hour of reality television.
Hope you caught Herb Benham's Nov. 5 column about Lamont restaurateur Luis Aguilar, who founded first El Jacalito and later El Pueblo after he was forced to move from his original site in a rent disagreement. To Lamont, he was like George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life”: a successful ma…
As Christmas nears, we wait for the gift exchange with loved ones. The local dining scene is no different as news of new eateries land under our tree as if delivered by Santa himself. What's coming you might ask?
I know Bakersfield is famous for its long lines when new restaurants open, but the reception for Cafe Rio was ridiculous. On our visits they had to keep the lines outside in order to comply with fire regulations.
When one kitchen door closes, another opens. And so it is the case in downtown Bakersfield with news that chef Mai Giffard will close her De Coeur Bake Shop this week.
When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, the farmers market takes a holiday. But don't fret shoppers: You can head out Friday to The Marketplace for your healthy Christmas meal needs or last-minute gifts.
Christmas is a time to bask in the warm glow of family and friends. It's also a time when everyone is exhausted after shopping for all those loved ones. If making a big holiday meal is not on your to-do list, you can turn to these restaurants who are serving Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or both.
Tiki-Ko, everyone's favorite local tiki bar — also currently its only, but who's counting? — just launched an updated menu, bumping up its total to 27 cocktails. Cheers!
I’ve always been puzzled that Cuban food has sometimes struggled to gain fans in Bakersfield. I recall a restaurant on Chester Avenue that offered the fare at fair prices and it didn’t seem to take at all, despite its similarities to Mexican and Spanish food. Mama Roomba is the closest we’ve…
If you had to envision a gift worthy of all eight days of Hanukkah, it might be the return of the Pop-Up Jewish Deli on Dec. 14. It's supersized for the holiday season with bigger sandwiches (one-third a pound of meat) and Hanukkah doughnuts.
If the thought of taking the chill off the upcoming winter evenings by making a home-cooked meal sounds right up your alley, then the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard has just the class for you.
When it comes to shopping centers with impressive food choices, it’s hard to beat the new complex just south of Stockdale Highway on Buena Vista Road.
Thanksgiving doesn't need to be just one day a year. There are many reasons to be thankful this week, especially Wednesday when Cafe Rio Mexican Grill opens and offers free meals to the first 300 in line.
The first annual Tamale Festival saw success, in the eyes of its organizers, with about 500 people in attendance and seven different tamale contestants, according to one of the organizers Manuel Garcia.
Everyone is preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, whether shopping and prepping or getting ready to travel or rely on family or someone else to do the cooking.
In good news for local business, La Costa Mariscos announced it will open a second location at Old River Road and Stockdale Highway in 2018.
This year we’ve had a real burst of growth in Thai, sushi and Indian restaurants, and what’s happened here at Haveli Indian Grill was inevitable.
Timed with the major superhero release of "Justice League," Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza with IMAX will also supersize its menu. On Friday, it will launch an expanded menu with dozens of new items designed by veteran Food Network Chef Santos Loo.
Menudo and chile verde have their own local food festivals but what of the tamale? The humble Mexican dish, popular around the holidays, is finally getting its moment in the event spotlight with the first Tamale Fest Sunday at Stramler Park.
For three years, Uber drivers have been delivering Bakersfield passengers to their destinations. Starting Monday morning, they'll be bringing dinner to you.
One of the more low-key success stories on the local restaurant scene is the small La Fonda Taqueria y Mariscos chain, with four locations — two in Bakersfield, one each in Wasco and Shafter. It’s an exceptional value noted for authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual family atmosphere, with ev…
Bakersfield’s fourth craft brewery, preparing to break ground in southwest Bakersfield, is aiming for a fall opening next year.
With bacon and craft beer already a winning combination, how does an annual festival up the ante? For the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival, it does so by adding some particularly Bakersfield touches.
Word of mouth is gold in the restaurant business. Advertising, critics' reviews, money spent on remodeling — all pale in comparison to the power of informal, one-on-one recommendations from friends and family.