The whole idea of going to Tehachapi for a day trip to try a couple of restaurants had its roots in word of mouth. People tell me, often via email, that I was missing out on some amazing food experiences if I didn’t visit Kohnen’s Country Bakery and Red House BBQ.

Although every day is a good one to celebrate those who did (or continue to) serve our country, Monday is a special day. Along with a parade and celebrations, many restaurants are recognizing Veterans Day by offering a free meal, food items or discount. So treat your favorite service member …

Those tiny restaurants that are hard to find but offer decent food are like hidden treasures. You’re so happy when you find them that it feels like you hit the jackpot on a slot machine.

The restaurant business is competitive, the pizza businesses is ultra-competitive and try being a successful, non-chain, locally owned pizza business. It’s tough. We used to have Sam’s Pizza Boat, Fat-T’s, more than one Pizzaville and others back when I arrived in 1980 but since then Domino’…

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The NFL season is big business to a number of local bars and restaurants, pumping up the numbers on what could otherwise be a sleepy Sunday, and B Ryder’s on White Lane was always a great spot to watch the games. I’ve been in there when there was a big-screen projector TV with a picture as l…

People are already fans of Cloud 9 Coffee Co. but something even more magical is happening next week. The local coffee shop is transforming into Hogwarts for Halloween week with all the best Bakersfield’s wizarding world can offer.

With farm-to-table dining all the rage, it's no wonder that a garden-to-table event will draw some interest. But Toast + Taste the Season is a bit different, sourcing some of its menu from the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard where it will take place Oct. 25.

Despite its small size and low-profile location away from most of the action downtown, Nuestro Mexico continues to evolve as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bakersfield, which is saying a lot.

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That was the case with organizers of the annual Mac and Cheese Fest who, although they plan to continue the pasta party, were looking for something more encompassing. Thus the birth of Bakersfield Brunch Fest, which kicks off Saturday at Kern …

The list of favorite foods at the annual Greek Food Festival is long — shish kebabs, lamb shank, gyros, spanikopita, tiropita, baklava, loukoumades, etc. — but one thing was missing until now: chicken. The protein will pack a spicy punch as a new addition at this weekend's festival at St. Ge…

For those missing chef Lino Gonzales’ pork belly tacos, we have good news. Now you won’t have to drive up to Alta Sierra for their taco fix. Gonzales and wife Frances Cueto are busy putting the finishing touches on a new location on Panama Lane, set to open in November.

Dining options at Valley Plaza have changed radically in recent years. In the food court, Five Guys took over from Tommie’s, Ike’s moved into Subway and Hot Dog on a Stick, a chain getting down to its last sausages due to financial stress, went away. Que Pasa closed its restaurant near Red R…

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.

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.

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.

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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…

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…