As we all miss our favorite bars, some have figured out ways to make pandemic life a bit more bearable until we can meet again.
The way the restaurant business is nowadays, the term “in flux” really should apply. Let’s take Eureka!, a restaurant we tried earlier in the summer figuring it had a patio, so it was likely to be open.
In a pandemic that may have inspired some less-than-healthy dining choices, there may be some sweet relief. Sweet Beast Desserts opens Friday in the Frugatti's Plaza shopping center.
For those who have turned drinking at home into an Olympic sport, consider this a training event. BevMo! is back with its 13th year of the famed "5-Cent Event."
Oktoberfest is canceled in Germany but Kern County residents can still enjoy some German-style beers and bites this week. Here are a few options.
One of Bakersfield's favorite lunchtime traditions changed with the times Tuesday, and fortunately for the people involved, a cool breeze blowing through downtown made the transition that much more pleasant.
A major draw of the Kern County Fair for many is the variety of food, offered by visiting concessionaires and local organizations. This year's event is going partially online, and there has been talk of a drive-thru food event.
Still on my patio tour, I had to visit New Vintage Grill because someone on social media said the misting system on their patio was so great during our hot summer weather that it felt like the temperature was 20 to 30 degrees cooler. That’s like a dip in the pool without the annoying wet hai…
While we're having to forgo many local traditions this year, it's wonderful to see one that's still happening. The Guild House in downtown Bakersfield is reopening for the season on Tuesday with adjusted hours and new options.
Lovers of fair food — and aren't we all — are still processing the news that this year will be different. While there is talk of some fair food events, the one you can put on your calendar now starts this weekend.
Yes, patios have been exploding in parking lots all over town since indoor dining was once again a victim of the pandemic. But I’m hard-pressed to think of a place that’s done it better than Temblor Brewing Co.
With a new state order to shut down indoor dining for the next three weeks, what are Bakersfield restaurants doing? The ones lucky enough to have patio or open-air seating are sending customers outdoors.
There’s been a lot of bad news this year, including the postponement or cancellation of popular events. Even as we agree large public gatherings are not a good idea right now, it doesn’t mean it’s any easier to stomach an empty social calendar.
Editor's note: Brimstone was reviewed before the state order halting indoor dine-in service. The Padre Hotel is currently offering dine-in service at its outdoor patio, Prairie Fire, as well as takeout.
If necessity is the mother of invention then perhaps boredom is the mother of entrepreneurship — at least during this pandemic. While others were busy baking sourdough or banana bread or experimenting with dalgona coffee, local women got creative with chamoy and started two new businesses: H…
While the so-called chicken sandwich wars continues to rage among fast-food chains, a couple of local restaurants introduced their own contenders.
When it comes to restaurant recommendations, "word of mouth" takes on a new meaning because good food gets people talking faster than most other topics.
State inspectors have determined the vast majority of restaurants in Kern County have closed indoor dining operations in compliance with orders put in place by Sacramento early last month to limit the spread of COVID-19.
It is fair at some point to suspect I’m in the employ of the Downtown Business Association, so enthusiastic have I been about the downtown renaissance over the past couple decades. And now we have another great addition to our vibrant downtown with BottleShock Wine and Brew, a creation of a …
We're not the only ones still missing the Noriega Hotel. Most recently, the Zócalo Public Square published an ode to Bakersfield's oldest Basque restaurant, which closed in April.
For many restaurants, dining outside is the main option for serving customers beyond takeout. What has bloomed along with these parking lot patios and repurposed spaces is a sense of community and local pride. For some businesses, these new spaces show them how supportive Bakersfield can be.
Many restaurants are partnering to keep people in need fed right now, even the fast-casual ones. An area Blaze Pizza franchise owner has partnered with a new nonprofit to provide meals for the Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Normally reading dining columnist Pete Tittl's articles just inspires my next takeout order. When it came to this week's column about The Fuchsian Pizza Sector, I had some additional thoughts.
Editor's note: The Fuchsian Pizza Sector was reviewed before the latest state order halting dine-in service in Kern County. It is currently offering takeout.
In addition to all our dining favorites we're trying during this tough time, there are some new businesses that want to get the word out on their food.
While it's tempting to stay inside when temperatures soar above 100, there are reasons to venture out beyond the air conditioning. With delicious cold treats being high on that list, Sweet Bites N Ice has something exciting bubbling up this weekend.
Most of the recent discussion about Walmart has been about how masks will be required inside stores starting Monday. Guests should be ready to don face coverings to pick up these exclusive food products available later this month.
July is National Ice Cream Month and Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. While you may not take much stock in these national food days, no one needs to twist my arm to talk about ice cream.
So much is up in the air right now but when it comes down to it, everybody needs to eat. While many wait in lines for groceries, others are turning to restaurants to cook up some comforting dishes. Even amid further restrictions, these dining establishments want to both keep us fed and keep …
Editor's note: Harvest Steakhouse was reviewed before the latest state order halting dine-in service in Kern County. Hours and offerings may currently vary.
It's Fourth of July weekend, which should be a time to celebrate. Regardless of your plans, a good or at least discounted meal should be on the list. Here are some restaurants offering red, white and blue deals.
Rosa’s Italian Restaurant is one of the pioneering restaurants of Bakersfield, almost in the league with Mexicali, Bill Lee’s, Rice Bowl and Hickory House, serving people for generations.
Update: Due to a permitting issues, the Triple Threat Truck will not stop in Bakersfield. It will instead make a stop in Lancaster.
Like so many birthdays and other special days during this pandemic, Tiki-Ko's fourth anniversary will have to be celebrated in a much simpler fashion.
Another Bakersfield institution bit the dust earlier this year, the Lie-N Den serving its last open-faced chili burger and shutting down. At least it was a business decision and had nothing to do with the pandemic that we’re all sick of hearing about.
Well-known Bakersfield eatery Luigi's Restaurant and Delicatessen announced it's closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, said owner Gino Valpredo.