Whether you've already dropped your New Year's resolutions or you're a late starter, it's still a good time to consider eating healthier. That could mean cutting calories, opting for more plant-based meals or choosing foods with natural health benefits.
In all the openings of great new barbecue places in recent years in Bakersfield, we were remiss in not reporting on a promising new place in Oildale, Smitty’s Smokin’ Brisket & BBQ.
In addition to reporting food news, I, like all humans, also eat. Often taking inspiration from the stories covered and restaurants previewed, I can be spotted out in the dining wild looking for the next great bite. Here's a look at what's been going on my plate lately.
It’s becoming pretty common now for food trucks to eventually morph into brick-and-mortar businesses, and northeast Bakersfield has one with Vatos Tacos Grill & Cantina.
Street food before beer, never fear. Beer before street food, watch your attitude. That's just a friendly consideration before heading to Saturday's first-ever Bakersfield Street Food & Craft Beer Festival.
Sol Y Luna has been in two locations in Bakersfield since they first opened downtown in 2013, and we’ve had mixed experiences. Loved the original (which closed in 2018), but when they opened a second in 2016 it was disorganized, unprofessionally operated and a distinct disappointment. More t…
Cubbies in the northwest has changed to Zeppo’s Pizza, going from Chicago-style deep dish to New York-style thin crust. While native New Yorkers like former Californian photographer John Harte may quibble with that, we found a lot to like during our visit.
We saw a lot of lists at the end of 2019, but a new year doesn't mean we need to ditch the habit, right? This time around the list is from Apartment Guide on the top 10 cities for "taco lovers."
An industry was saved when businesses and environmentalists decided to work together, rather than fight. And now Californians are being offered a feast of Pacific coastal fish that once faced extinction.
While the thought of baking any more Christmas cookies has you at wits' end, why not watch others do so and cheer on a local baker to boot? A Bakersfield cook is competing Sunday on Food Network's brand-new competition, "Cookie Wars."
On Saturday, Muertos Kitchen & Lounge closes its doors as we know it. On Jan. 2, it will re-emerge as Two Goats & The Goose, a pub-style eatery that won't be a culture (or culinary) shock for loyal customers.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant with plans to be a calorie-conscious person, maybe save half the dinner for lunch at work the next day, but then the food is so good you can’t possibly do that?
Finding a gift for the young adult in your life is no easy task. If they like to eat — and don't we all? — you can get them a gift card to a restaurant. Or if you're a proponent of that "teach a person to fish" saying, you can get them a class on how to cook for themselves.
If you've already had your fill of holiday sweets, consider a deal on something savory this month. ReMix Asian Kitchen is offering a special holiday promotion on its loco moco now through Dec. 31.
I know many who immediately dismiss all chain restaurants, but I’ve had a longtime affection for Romano’s Macaroni Grill, especially in comparison to the Italian chain so many others love, Olive Garden.
Snack on a sub for a good cause this Monday. Jersey Mike's Subs on Stockdale Highway has teamed with the Armed Forces Support Foundation for a fundraiser.
Put on your comfy shoes and get set for Chez Noel, the annual holiday home tour put on by the Assistance League of Bakersfield. Along with goodies to start the day, tourgoers can also stop in for lunch at the Guild House downtown.
Most Californians have a relationship with Fatburger, a chain not as common as In-N-Out but somehow just as emblematic of our state’s past 60-plus years.
Seven Oaks is already Smitten with its new neighbor. Although the restaurant has only been in a soft opening since Nov. 18, eager fans have flocked to the new location eager for coffee and more.
Sometimes the biggest thing you want to give thanks for is having a place to celebrate Thanksgiving where you've guiltlessly left the cleanup to someone else. Here are some restaurants in town that are letting you off the hook for cooking and cleaning this holiday.
We don’t lack for decent Thai food in Bakersfield but we have a promising new place: Siam Iyara Thai & Fusion, at the corner of White Lane and Ashe Road.
After 28 years serving the Bakersfield community, Cafe Med will close its doors. Owner Meir Brown said they hope to remain open until Wednesday.
The never-ending pasta bowl wrapped up its 2019 run but Olive Garden has something new to comfort diners. On Monday, the chain will bring back its oven-baked pastas after introducing the dishes last year.
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.
Just as author Flannery O'Connor knew a good man was hard to find, so too it might be the case with good pizza. At least according to restaurateur Jim Reed, who recently opened Zeppo's Pizza in northwest Bakersfield.
There's nothing as sweet as free food and Nothing Bundt Cakes is an expert in the deal. The chain is honoring National Bundt Day on Friday with a giveaway.
With a name like Grillin' and Brewin' it's pretty clear what's on the agenda. But the annual fundraiser, being held Nov. 14 at Temblor Brewing Co., is so much more.
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.
Wine lovers can enjoy a taste of Tehachapi on Saturday. The Guild House has teamed with Tehachapi Wine & Cattle Co. for an evening wine tasting event.
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’…
Kern County residents, like those in so many communities, are always game to have a good time for a good cause. That's certainly the case in Kernville, which will host the fourth annual Cork N Fork Wine & Food Festival on Nov. 9.