A cheeseburger is just another slice of Americana. The classic dish gets its moment in the spotlight Wednesday with the celebration of National Cheeseburger Day. From deals to special offerings, local diners have plenty of Gouda options.
I’m always grateful that readers are sending me emails telling me what’s happening so I can stay abreast of what’s changing in Bakersfield restaurants.
This year’s fair theme — The Food. The Fun. The Fair! — could use a slight modifier because it’s fried food that is coming in hot among the new additions to the Kern County Fair. Along with a number of new concessions, fair fare that’s had a dip in the deep fryer is going to be what you’ll w…
Bakersfield got a little bit more Fat with the opening of Fatburger in northeast Bakersfield. The popular Hollywood burger chain opened its first Bakersfield location at Oswell and Bernard streets in a small shopping center also home to a Wingstop.
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting restaurants when I’m driving around. It’s a habit, and when kind readers aren’t telling me about new and promising spots I have to find my own.
The Guild House reopened with a new look Tuesday after volunteers spent part of the summer painting and redecorating the 1908 landmark to bring it more in line with how the structure might have appeared when it was first built.
I’ve owned many brands of vehicles in my driving lifetime and I’ve found few car dealership service departments I could trust, so I often sought out a trustworthy, factory-trained independent mechanic to do the work. What too many dealerships did in my experience was what occurred with an Ac…
Pete Tittl reviews Goose Loonies Tap House this week. How is this Goose different? One key difference is it’s open seven days a week, unlike the other Goose which is closed two days. The walls have wood shiplap, a large American flag, exposed ventilation tubes, lots of TVs spread around, the…
The restaurant business is a funny thing, sometimes the clientele is not influenced as much by great food and service but goofy things like how you can actually drive into the lot. I have an old friend who was taught long ago by someone from the Mossman family that it’s important to have a p…
Times have been tough for table service breakfast spots in the Northeast in the past year. First Cindy’s closed after decades in business, and then Lumberjack put down the ax after opening the chain’s first Bakersfield restaurant on Mt. Vernon. All you really had was Marie Callender’s.
P.F. Chang's, the popular Asian-themed restaurant chain, has invited Bakersfield residents to compete in its Freestyle Lettuce Wrap Contest for a chance at a $25,000 prize.
In my travels this summer I came across the most amazing place in Encinitas called The Taco Stand. Apparently they used all the creativity in the kitchen and not on the name, because everything is made in-house and it’s so good there’s a constant line of people outside waiting to order at th…
Reader Richard Hudgens was the first to tip me off to a new breakfast and lunch place in the northwest called Skillets Diner, located on Hageman in the old space occupied by Krush. (Krush is in the process of locating to a new location north of Rosedale Highway on Gosford Road near Raising C…
Moo Creamery, like Red Pepper, is a local jewel, a treasure that is constantly tweaking the “specials” portion of its menu to offer new and different and trendy fare.
There are some cool townhouse apartments in the Mill Creek area that are available for lease, and I’m afraid if I moved in, my budget would be destroyed in a month, maybe two, as the temptation to spend all disposable income would be irresistible with the restaurants located just a short walk away.
A few years ago, food trucks were exploding in popularity all over town and one I wrote about that was particularly promising was hard to find: Fuego’s, tucked away on Rosedale Highway with picnic tables, tarps for shade and a dedicated customer base that kept the place busy even if you need…
The 18hundred in downtown Bakersfield has opened with about the same visual and culinary impact that the Padre Hotel and The Mark did when they started serving people.
Renovation of the old bank building on 18th Street and Chester Avenue has captivated downtown Bakersfield for years, as its stucco facade was removed and its original form was restored. Now, it's open as The 18hundred, a new restaurant that our food columnist Pete Tittl says is "a worthy ten…
It is so great not just to see locally owned restaurants thriving, but going strong to the second generation and beyond, like Luigi’s, Uricchio’s and Jake’s Tex Mex Café, which is celebrating its 33rd year after Skip Slayton turned the reins over to his daughter Sarah.
As a threat to summer diets everywhere, Friday is National Doughnut Day and one local bakery is getting ready to serve up some truly unique creations.
A reader who felt I was spending enough time praising the upscale Mexican places in town like Red Pepper, La Costa Mariscos and Nuestro Mexico thought I needed to visit a new hole in the wall on the east side, Mi Sinaloa.
It's a good time to be eating in Bakersfield. Along with a strong crop of existing restaurants and food businesses, we have more opening or on the way this spring. So let's dive in.
This is just your friendly reminder that before summer sends us running for the shade there are a few food-related events headed your way. Make an afternoon or evening of these festivals and fundraisers sure to fill your belly and maybe your spirit.
Two small restaurant franchises recently opened stores in Bakersfield. One was returning after leaving us years ago, the other is blazing a new trail with locations at both the Valley Plaza and The Marketplace.
Very few topics get people going in Bakersfield than where to eat. Combine that with a downtown restaurant property that's been closely watched for signs of opening and you have quite the opening week buzz.
It will be a decade of giving back for the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation, which will hold its annual "Send a Kid to Camp" Luncheon at Outback Steakhouse on Friday.
McDonald's is about as American as you can get but we know the chain has a global reach — and specialities. Most of the time, American diners have to content themselves reading about the dishes only offered at international locations but that's about to change this summer.
Sure, Lightning in a Bottle is a music festival first, along with a number of workshops, informational sessions and art activity. But along with feeding your soul and mind, this event has plans on addressing your most basic hunger with an assortment of dining options.
While another event lays claim to the title "party of the year," Cal State Bakersfield's annual Spring BBQ is regarded by many as the official start to summer.
In the restaurant review world, readers seem to love the extremes: raves about a new place, particularly if they didn’t know about it, or the painful evisceration of a wretched restaurant that is stealing people’s money by offering swill at outrageous prices.
What comes to mind when you think of Bakersfield cuisine? Images of Basque, Mexican and comfort foods probably danced through your head just now.
With a couple of weeks of operation under its belt, Dot x Ott downtown is ready to celebrate with the community. The 18th Street restaurant and mercantile will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening on Thursday.
Easter is on its way and along with that Easter bunny, you're on the hunt for a place for you and the loved ones to dine. Luckily there are plenty of local restaurants and businesses ready to feed everyone ... who has reservations.
Those who think Bakersfield is just another meat-and-potatoes town ought to think again. Along with all those omnivores, we have a growing number of people following a plant-based diet. Most of those folks are likely to show up hungry for the first-ever Vegan Fest, promising an assortment of…
If you'd rather be hunting for a good time than eggs this weekend, check out the sixth annual Macaroni & Cheese Festival. It’s got all you want in a food event: plenty of vendors dishing gourmet samples, free-flowing beer, wine tasting and live music.