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  1. PETE TITTL: Reader says eat here ...

    By Pete Tittl
    Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 09:00 AM

    James Irwin sent us an email about a great experience he had at Panda Palace, 118 Oak St. "Celebrating a recent birthday (88), I wanted something to remember. Boy, did I get it. I found I was overwhelmed by the menu and manager John noted my confusion and suggested I try the 'chef's banquet dinner.' It was more expensive than the standard meal but what a treat. I've never had such an experience with food. I can hardly wait for my 89th."

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    PETE TITTL: Pizza Hut cuts calories, Red Robin's boozy shake

    Pizza Hut has overhauled its menu to include reduced-calorie pizza, more premium ingredients like sliced banana peppers, spinach, Peruvian cherry peppers and meatballs and new customization options. New sauces include premium crushed...


    PETE TITTL: Prime Cut has new owners

    One of Bakersfield's most prominent casual restaurants, The Prime Cut Meats & Eats, was sold this month. Merv and Michelle Crist, who built the restaurant from a humble meat market at the corner of Gosford Road and Stockdale Highway to a...

  4. PETE TITTL: Hottest brew in craft beer here now

    Got a call from Jason Hentges of Pipeline Craft Beverage Company , a local distributor built by the CSUB graduate that offers craft beers brought in from cities like San Francisco and San Diego. He wanted to tell me about an amazing new IPA...

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    Salty's new location is the grill deal

    Salty's BBQ has made such a good impression since it opened last year on Rosedale Highway that it was probably inevitable that a second location would pop up. It has, and the copy may be better than the original. The major down side to...

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    PETE TITTL: Sorella has a new home, and some growing pains

    Buying that first house and going from being a renter to an owner is the American dream. Oh, what a thrill -- until the first plumbing bill arrives and you realize, "Wait, I'm on the hook for this now?" I highly doubt such issues will...

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    PETE TITTL: Ethel's may be hard to find, but it's worth the trip

    Everybody thinks of restaurants like 24th Street Cafe, Luigi's and KC Steakhouse as local institutions. One mainstay that's easy to overlook is Ethel's Old Corral Cafe up in the northeast. Unless you're on a horse, it can be hard to get...


    PETE TITTL: Prime Cut gets to the meat of the matter

    It's all about the meat. I don't know why any vegetarian would go to Prime Cut. The real stars of the menu at this restaurant, which we last reviewed seven years ago when it moved to its current location, are centered around beef and pork,...

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    PETE TITTL: Too many are leaving this Stone unturned

    I consider Red Stone Pizza & Italian Grill to be the best restaurant in town that absolutely no one seems to know about. While chain stores just a few miles away on Rosedale Highway will cumulatively steal valuable time from patient diners...


    PETE TITTL: Luigi's still the place to be for Saturday lunch

    It's hard to get a table for lunch at Luigi's any day of the week, but the crowd is different on Saturday. More families, college students home on breaks reconnecting with old friends, football on TV. And then there are the Saturday...

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    The Dish: It's not a crepe-shoot at consistently great cafe

    When you think of downtown breakfast spots, it's hard to overlook the 24th Street Cafe. But one low-profile gem we visited on a Sunday morning recently deserves consideration: Cafe Crepes. The small, Parisian-themed restaurant that...

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    PETE TITTL: They live to serve at cheerful Anabo's

    Have you ever gone to a restaurant that had a staff that was so joyful, so cooperative with one another that it elevates your mood and makes you glad you stopped in? That was our experience at Anabo's Cafe, a humble little breakfast and...


    PETE TITTL: There's a lot more to love about La Costa

    Walking into the new La Costa Mariscos, you feel like a proud parent. This is a child who's grown up, struck out on his own and is on the cusp of a bright future. The family-owned restaurant, a staple of downtown for two-plus decades...

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