In April, The Hen's Roost will host a Vegan Festival and Earth Day Celebration. But if you can't wait to get your plant-based powwow on, it's time to hit the road for the Central Coast VegFest on Feb. 23.
There's plenty to whet your appetite for local dining this week and it's not just about Raising Cane's opening on Tuesday. Here's a look at some tasty news.
Two new restaurants opened up in recent months in the WinCo shopping center on Panama Lane in the southwest. One, a barbecue place that benefitted from a big name chain failure, the other a from-scratch seafood place trying to compete in the fried seafood category.
Bakersfield sure loves a grand opening — especially when a meal is on the table. So it's no surprise that Raising Cane's drew a bustling crowd when it opened Tuesday.
When it comes to food and fundraisers, the only way to make it better is to throw in some alliteration. So the first-ever Badges-BBQ-Brews, taking place Saturday at the Guild House, already has a lot going for it.
Downtown continues to thrive with culinary innovation and new business. This week brought the opening of Angry Barnyard BBQ on 18th Street.
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 bad weather knocked the wind out of the planned grand opening of Market on the Hill last weekend, the farmers market is ready to debut this Saturday in northeast Bakersfield.
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…
While a little rain never deterred a farmers market, gusty winds are another story. So the much-anticipated grand opening of the Market on the Hill, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been delayed to Feb. 9.
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.
Rain or shine Saturday, Bakersfield will have another farmers market. With three thriving weekend markets, the Market on the Hill has its eye on an otherwise untapped area: northeast Bakersfield.
Students used to bring an apple for teachers but, not to knock the fruit, those educators might want something more substantial to eat.
The going wisdom for settlers (and Village People) is to go west but in the case of restaurants, that need not apply. So for Meir Brown, owner of Cafe Med, he set his sights east — way east — for his latest endeavor: taking over the restaurant at Rio Bravo Country Club.
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…
As people make good on those resolutions to improve themselves or help their community, so too are some companies looking into how to make a difference in 2019. Kern River Brewing Co. is leading the charge with its Hops for Homies program and a new beer to benefit a nonprofit.
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…
Over the years, various Bakersfield restaurants have tried the tapas concept, wholeheartedly or half-heartedly. Mama Roomba is the only place to make it stick.
Those ascribing to the "new year, new you" should be interested in what's on tap for fresh menu items rolling into 2019. Let's look at what's new on the scene.
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.
Start the new year with a delicious treat at Wienerschnitzel. The chain is offering 99-cent chili cheese fries on Tuesday.
Though it’s been eight years since I devoted a full column to the amazing allure of Coconut Joe’s, the place is so different it’s like reviewing a completely new restaurant.
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.
Bacon is a common sandwich topping these days but two fast-food chains have stepped up the oink factor with bacon-forward menu items.
Love is in the air at Valley Plaza Mall, now that Ike’s Love and Sandwiches is open for business. The Bay Area-based sandwich chain opened its first Bakersfield location on Thursday in the mall's food court.
Surf's up as the Hawaiian wave continues to spread in Bakersfield just in time for Christmas. The second Ono Hawaiian BBQ opens Thursday in the Rosedale Village shopping center, which is also home to Studio Movie Grill, Five Guys and Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.
Tamales are often considered the top Mexican dish at the holidays but this year a humble burrito is stepping up. Those generous souls who want to support the local Toys for Tots effort can earn themselves a free burrito through Dec. 20 thanks to Fresco Mexican Grill.
What's the buzz for Kern County's dining scene in 2019? Get ready latte lovers: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will open its first location in Kern next year.
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…
If you lived in Kern County long enough, you've likely tried lamb at one of our many Basque restaurants. But you've probably never had it the way it's prepared at Aqui es Texcoco, a new restaurant coming to northeast Bakersfield.
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.
Today we’re gonna talk about a very successful locally owned chicken wing restaurant and the current reigning champ for fried chicken in our metropolis (as well as top of the chart for most other “Southern” foods).
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…