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.
As the phrase goes, it's as American as apple pie but for my money, I spot a lot more Americans scarfing down a cheeseburger than the pie. (Although the tide may turn next week when Willamette Valley Pie Company returns to the Kern County Fair.)
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!”
Like many fast-casual chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill is no stranger to teaming with local groups for fundraising efforts. The latest partnership comes Saturday with a fundraiser to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.
Are you ready for some football? Or, more to the point, are you ready for some football food? It's that time of year for watching the game with a plate of snacks and an adult beverage (or two) along with loved ones, or better yet, those who love your team.
I’m grateful that readers email me pretty regularly to tell me about impressive new restaurants, but they also give me a heads-up when, in their opinion, a place has slipped.
While much of The Dish is prepared desk-side, with research and interviews conducted in an office, it's important to also get out into the field. Sample what's new on the dining scene and offer a quick report.
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…
What do you need to put on Bakersfield’s party of the year? Start with three F’s: food, fundraising and fun. Village Fest is all this and more but, like the event itself, now celebrating 24 years, you’ve got to start somewhere.
One of my most treasured functions in this space every week is to find worthy dining spots that you may not know about. I’ve got a couple promising candidates today.
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…
You might be seeing double downtown next week. On Wednesday, mobile food business Pita Paradise will unveil a second food truck that's ready for business.
Fruit grown in Kern County definitely heads to some far-off destinations but it's not every day that it lands a starring role on a plate at a high-end Los Angeles restaurant.
Some people think the full moon brings out the crazies but this summer it brings out those wanting deals. Applebee's is offering a drink special for the next two full moons.
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.
Celebrates National Filet Day Monday with a trip to Black Angus Steakhouse. The restaurant is offering a variation on a classic steakhouse dinner for the big day.
We've all been there: the early-morning trip to the dealership. With an appointment on the books or just praying that the repair gods are on your side, you bring in the vehicle and hope that the dealership saw fit to put out some coffee and perhaps a doughnut or two in its waiting room.
Let’s face it: With equipment advances in home theater and sound equipment, Redbox and streaming services, it’s hard to make a case for going to a movie theater, eating overpriced and ordinary food and sitting in chairs that just aren’t as comfy as what you have at home. Especially since you…
Some may say these national food days are just trumped up ways to sell food — but those people are no fun. For the rest of us, let's dig into a few special days.
Born of the local grape industry, Tlo Wines has only grown since 2008. Founded by Andy Zaninovich, whose family runs Jasmine Vineyards in Delano, the wine business has become a popular choice among local oenophiles. Come this fall, they'll have a new place to congregate when Tlo opens a tast…
We say howdy partner to any new restaurant but it's an especially warm welcome extended for Cowboy Chicken, which finally confirmed it will open its first Bakersfield location later this month.
Change is coming for Cloud 9 Coffee Co. Since opening in April 2017, the mobile coffee shop, usually stationed on the backside of Stockdale Tower, has undergone some growing pains while still serving a loyal customer base.
Listen up, Bakersfield, because Burgerim is ready to celebrate. The build-your-own-burger restaurant in southwest Bakersfield is celebrating with a grand opening event on Aug. 1.
Today is your chance to save a little green. You can snag some free guacamole today at Chipotle locations in honor of National Avocado Day.
While you may support neighborhood lemonade stands, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar has a bigger goal in mind. The chain has teamed with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise funds to fight childhood cancer.
If you haven't been inside a McDonald's lately, you're missing out. As of last week, 94 percent of the chain's restaurants in Kern County have been modernized for an improved dining experience
Everyone knows summer is grilling and smoking season, and probably no one does it better than people in Bakersfield, whether they have a Traeger or not. But the heat does sap the energy and what seemed like a good idea in the morning can seem like climbing Mt. Everest once you get to 4 p.m. …
Most of us have already dived into Shark Week, enjoying the Discovery Channel's annual summer tribute to sharks. Of course, there are still a few things to sink your teeth into this week.
Known for his enthusiastic writing about cuisines found in enclaves throughout Los Angeles, Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the Los Angeles Times, had a habit of turning readers on to humble spots they otherwise may have passed by.
With origins in Sweden, meal kits (there known by a term translated as "dinnertime bliss") took off in the U.S. in 2012 with three major players: Blue Apron, HelloFresh and Plated.
On social media, it seemed to me people were saying two things about the new La Costa Mariscos that moved into the old Elephant Bar at River Walk: It costs a bit more and it’s too crowded.
Last Friday, we celebrated National Fry Day, and this Friday, and next Friday, and the Friday after that, we celebrate free fries for the rest of the year.
Anybody can go out for happy hour or splash out on a fancy meal (when pay day comes), but next week has a few events that are really worth raising your glass.
Flame Broiler is on a hot streak in Bakersfield. The healthy fast-casual chain just opened its sixth restaurant here and the first in Bakersfield with a drive-through window.
While most Wednesdays are relegated to being hump day, that midweek point of survival, next week's is a bit different. National Hot Dog Day falls on Wednesday, bringing with it a few deals you're sure to relish.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream — but never more loudly than on National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday. A few businesses have some sweet deals for you.