Not everyone is headed for a turkey meal with the fam or a Friendsgiving feast with pals. Or maybe you and your loved ones want someone else to do the cooking (and cleanup). Rest assured, there are a number of places that will be open for Thanksgiving. 

I had heard that Goose Loonies Tavern & Grill (formerly The Goose and before that Goose Loonies) had a new owner. Although misinformed, I was impressed by what I found during a visit to the Eastchester location owned by Jim and Becky Katsantonis (who moved it 10 years ago to the suddenly…

What better way to celebrate those who have (and continue to) bravely serve our country than to take them out for a meal? For Veterans Day, a number of restaurants are offering dining deals on either Sunday (the official holiday) or Monday (when it is observed by the federal government). Thi…

Earlier this year one of our local success stories, Sequoia Sandwich Co., changed hands. Founders Gary Blackburn and Jeff Simpson, who gave up corporate jobs to open their first restaurant downtown in 1999, sold it in late February. From the start, their success inspired them to expand to fi…

Now I won’t get too sentimental, but The Dish, like the rest of The Californian’s news operations, is moving from downtown out to Pegasus Drive. While the proximity to Cope’s Knotty Pine and its hearty country breakfasts and killer pastrami sandwiches will be a slight comfort, it’s a hard se…

Bakersfield doesn't really need a reason to celebrate barbecue, but we're also not a town foolish enough to pass up specials. Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Coffee Road is throwing a grand re-opening event Saturday with plenty of slow-cooked deals for all.

When I moved to Bakersfield in 1980, there were a limited number of restaurants suitable for special-occasion dinners such as a wedding anniversary: Maison Jaussaud’s, Lemucchi’s Tam O’Shanter, The Coachlight Inn, maybe Freddie’s Skyway House. The really adventurous might hop on the Amtrak, …

While some events struggle to find their footing the first few years, the Cork N Fork Wine & Food Festival in Kernville has done the opposite. Started by sisters Dawn Jordan and Elise Modrovich to help promote their business and support a good cause, the event has grown and is ready to s…

Like many in Bakersfield I’ve purchased that amazing value known as a Costco rotisserie chicken for $5. Like the $1.50 hot dog and soda, it seems designed not for profit but as a way to build foot traffic. It’s hard to resist, but local grocery stores have added similar products, sometimes c…

When you list the founding fathers of downtown Bakersfield’s revival, you have to put Jerry Baranowski near the top of the list. Back in 1992, the Polish immigrant set on making his American dream come true took over a small space on Chester Avenue, added live music in the basement (frequent…

In theory, every day is a national food holiday, but some are more special than others. Thursday is National Taco Day, which Bakersfield seems to celebrate every day although without discounts.

While there are many craft beer festivals in Bakersfield, there is one that started it all. Six years ago, the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival laid the groundwork for all the brew-soaked events that have followed. Although it has changed over the years, it's back with a new venue — Imbibe Wi…

I continue to admire the way Temblor Brewing Co. is evolving. When I was there for a Bakersfield Jazz Workshop on a Tuesday in July I noticed they’d changed the menu, and was grateful they brought back that local product Santa Carota beef made with cows who ate carrots. When we visited earli…

By the time you read this, you may have already been out to the Kern County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday. Then you would have certainly sampled some fair food favorites or maybe something new. For those who have yet to go — or plan to return for more — here's a closer look at some of tho…

Reader and Liberty High band director Jason Armistead told us about PorkChop & Bubba’s BBQ, raving that it was the best barbecue he’d had since he was in Nashville. Reader David Irvine, a regular tipster for this column, sent me a Facebook message telling me I needed to check it out.

If you’re of a certain age, the phrase “Mamma Mia” is usually associated with an Alka Seltzer TV commercial that went viral before viral was viral, with a beaming Italian man repeating over and over again, “Mamma Mia, that’s a spicy meatball!”

Ono Hawaiian BBQ, which has been serving Hawaiian-style cuisine for the last week, is ready for its grand opening in northeast Bakersfield.

Three years after it opened on Oak Street and instantly became the best brew pub in town, Bootleggers Craft Pub & Eatery is still humming on all cylinders, with a happy hour that offers some of the best bargain food in town and so many craveable menu items that the beer offerings can get…

It's not often you can measure the impact of an event by if it leaves women crying on a stage. But then you haven't been to Farm to Table(aux).

It's time again for the sale of Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass, but this year the chain has piled on even more pasta. In addition to the classic pass, which goes on sale today at 11 a.m., Olive Garden will also offer the Annual Pasta Pass, allowing those card holders 52 weeks of unli…

Last year we were thrilled by the amazing spread on Sunday mornings at Cafe Med and wrote about that, followed by a favorable report on the weekend brunch at Hodel’s Country Dining. Then a reader tipped us off to a new star: Steak & Grape Restaurant.