Many children go through the terrible twos, wreaking havoc, but when it comes to businesses the two-year mark can be much sweeter. As Cafe Smitten nears its second anniversary, it has something very sweet to share with its customers: a plethora of pies.

As we noted in the year-end Dining Guide, Sonder has continued to evolve in a positive direction since it first opened in 2017. We worried that despite its stylish interior and interesting menu its emphasis on games and casual seating in some places like couches might limit it to a millennia…

Although we continue to enjoy the arrival of new restaurants, like Aqui es Texcoco and Viceroy, the big local food headlines last month were on restaurant closures. This isn't the health inspection temporary situation but the shuttering of longtime businesses that helped form our culinary la…

There is no other place like Luigi’s in Bakersfield. It’s deservedly a legend. There is a self-published paperback history book with lots of pictures available for $24.95 in the grocery/deli and it shows you how this place is always evolving into something that almost never disappoints.

Ike sure is spreading the love in Bakersfield. After opening its first local shop last month at Valley Plaza Mall, Ike's Love & Sandwiches announced the opening of its second location at The Marketplace. 

It crossed my mind while doing stories for The Californian's 2018 Dining Guide that, just like fellow north Bakersfield restaurant Milt’s, I’ve been to Knotty Pine many times over the years and always plug it in those stories but have seldom devoted a full column to the place.

Prepare for more tears in the salsa bowl. In a week that already brought news of Sinaloa Mexican Food closing after 70 years, now another longtime Mexican restaurant is saying adios to the local dining scene. After more than 40 years in business, La Colonia in east Bakersfield has closed.

Despite being a downtown resident who's now exploring the outer realms of north Bakersfield on my lunch breaks, my heart (or stomach?) resides in northeast Bakersfield. Rosa's, Red Pepper, Lam's, sandwiches from City Sandwich and Country Club Liquor and Deli, there are plenty of food memorie…

With so many of us sniffling or giving the side-eye to those who are, it seems like a good time to seek out some vitamin C. Oranges are in season and Bakersfield College is offering a sweet deal next week on snagging some fresh citrus.

We’re really getting to a good place in Bakersfield dining when we have so many successful, locally owned places that are cloning themselves. I realize this goes back decades when Mexicali expanded all over town, but today’s entrepreneurs are tasting enough success that they’re opening secon…

Proving that a love of Mexican food and desire to not consume animal products are not mutually exclusive, there are some tasty options making the news this week in Bakersfield. Guapo's Tacos, which has been selling plant-based street tacos, burritos and more off of White Lane, is now bringin…

It's been a few years since Sea Breeze Fish and Chips closed in southwest Bakersfield. That restaurant, along with a sister location downtown and Olde Port Fish Grotto before that, helped meet Bakersfield diners' desire for seafood. Those establishments are closed, but demand grows as consum…

Bakersfield has a small but growing vegan community — or at least those committed to incorporating more plant-based meals. Just in time for a healthier 2019, a weekend pop-up event is coming to give the rest of the community a shot at trying a different diet.

With Christmas Day falling on a Tuesday and for the many who have to work or travel the next day, preparing a big holiday meal may not be high on the to-do list. If you'd rather leave the cooking and cleanup to Santa's culinary elves, here are some restaurants who can help.

Restaurant critic Pete Tittl, Californian staff and community members look back at the Bakersfield restaurant scene.

I almost never write an entire column about the same restaurant twice in a calendar year but ReMix Asian Kitchen is not just any restaurant. You could argue it’s not the same restaurant it was when I visited shortly after it opened earlier this year.

"Cheese with maggots" reads like the start of an especially juicy restaurant inspection, but in Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, it's a delicacy. Starting this weekend, you can check it for yourself — if you dare.

I was slow to visit Crab in a Bag for this column because its location at 1641 Union Ave. seemed cursed to me. I’ve seen at least 10 different restaurants in that location over the years, including Blue Marlin, El Chiquilin, Baja Fish Shack, Jumpin’ Joe’s Fish Shack, La Lena Mexican Restaura…

It's ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum this Tuesday when Tiki-Ko puts on a holiday fundraiser featuring some top-shelf spirits and syrups. The K Street bar has partnered with syrup maker BG Reynolds for a night of holiday cocktails to aid the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

The Californian takes a look back at Johnny Garlic's, the one-time popular restaurant at the Marketplace that has announced its closure. From its signature bowlas, busy lunch hours and Guy Fieri's signature burger -- Fieri sold his interest a couple of years ago -- the restaurant made its ma…