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    PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown

    By Pete Tittl
    Saturday, Feb 28 2015 09:00 AM

    There are times when the hour wait for breakfast/lunch at 24th Street Cafe can be a bit impossible, particularly on a Sunday morning. They've got the patio, the staff is efficient, but some weekend days just have a honey-do list that makes the delay impossible. So consider ambling over to the original occupant of that building, Lorene's Coffee Shop, which is just a few blocks west on 23rd Street.

    I know in some circles it will seem sacrilegious to compare the two, but the long-time downtown coffee shop does some things well enough to avoid a serious letdown if you choose wisely.

    Let's start with breakfast and my favorite, the skillet breakfasts. Sure, the chains have made creations like this common: a metal dish of fried potatoes...

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    PETE TITTL: Lines at Lino's? Not yet, but just wait

    The American dream is alive and well in Pumpkin Center. A father and son who toiled in the kitchen at Cafe Med for nearly two decades have opened their own place in a humble storefront on Taft Highway in Pumpkin Center, across from a cat...

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    PETE TITTL: Change is a good thing, at least so far, at Prime Cut

    A transformation is underway at Prime Cut, which got new owners last fall when Merv and Michelle Crist sold the northwest Bakersfield meat-and-eats emporium. If you visit on the weekends, you can get smoked prime rib off the specials...

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    PETE TITTL: Get to Pyrenees before Fieri lets the secret out

    Change is not an easy thing in the restaurant business, but we like what we've seen so far from the new owners of Pyrenees Cafe. The interior alone is impressive, considering such old institutions can sometimes seem worn and past their...

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    The Dish: Texas 28 waffle not awful, but ...

    We had a chance to visit Texas 28, which closed for a time late last year to renovate the kitchen and revamp the menu. We were pleased to see some of our favorites were retained in the overhaul, such as the chicken-fried steak strips...

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    PETE TITTL: Wool Growers still at the top of its game

    The impromptu idea was to go to Wool Growers without reservations on a weekday evening. It was the night before New Year's Eve. Surely no one would be out. Things would be calm. We'd stroll right in, get seated and commence the feast....

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    THE DISH: This is crude: Olive oil price rising

    Brace yourself for continued price increases for olive oil. Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times, said worldwide production has tanked due to a variety of factors, including bad weather and pests such as the olive fruit fly and...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare

    There are times when it seems like there's a humble Mexican restaurant on every corner, but if you've never even heard of it, why risk visiting the unknown instead of Del Taco or Taco Bell? In a word: authenticity. I've stumbled upon two...

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    PETE TITTL: You picked a fine time to feed me, Lucille

    Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que reminds me of Famous Dave's, another barbecue chain with a local feel that opened on Rosedale Highway several years ago and never looked back. This is a big, loud, attention-drawing place that proves chains...

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    PETE TITTL: Where those in the know dine in Taft

    People sometimes ask me where they should eat in Taft. Not surprising, since Taft Highway is jammed every morning with Bakersfield residents commuting to work there. As my mother-in-law (a Taft resident) says, they prefer to live in the...

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    PETE TITTL: Thai to die for at downtown spot

    There are times when people living in Bakersfield take for granted the variety of cuisines we have in our restaurants. Granted, it's not L.A., San Francisco or New York but you could move away and be distressed about the food choices you...

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    The Dish: Mountain Mike's opens in southwest

    Mountain Mike's Pizza is celebrating a grand opening at its new restaurant at 5700 Stine Road (phone 834-2022), between Pacheco Road and Harris Road ... Chick-fil-A is rolling out a mobile payment system similar to Chipotle, and hopes to...

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    PETE TITTL: Putting the special in specialities

    After gaining a loyal following at its flagship restaurant on East 18th Street near Union Avenue, Los Tacos De Huicho has expanded the reach of its inexpensive, authentic street tacos, tortas, nachos and more by taking over the Rosedale...

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