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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 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.

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.

Downtown is a funny place at night. Some parts are typically bustling on a weekend night, while a couple blocks away it looks quiet and lonely.

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.

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…