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    PETE TITTL: No need to catch a flight for a Bit of Germany

    By Pete Tittl
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 06:06 PM

    Couldn’t afford a trip to Europe this summer? I’m in that club. But I can always take comfort from the transatlantic escape afforded by Bit of Germany.

    The restaurant is celebrating a big anniversary this year — 35 years, all at the same location, just down the road from East Bakersfield High and right across the street from Kern Medical Center. (In fact, our waitress said the restaurant was practically the hospital’s cafeteria until a fence was erected around the main entrance, cutting easy access to the place; in addition, she said many lunch breaks at the hospital were cut to 30 minutes, a regrettable trend in our country, nothing like the long lunch followed by a nap that most of Europe, especially Italy, seems to follow. Off the...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Sorella stretches out

    Construction is almost finished on the free-standing building that will be the new home to Sorella Italian Ristorante in the southwest. The new yellow building on McNair Lane adjacent to the old restaurant, which shares a building with...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: The grain with the net gain

    A trendy new grain has emerged to challenge quinoa. It’s called Freekah, and it’s actually an ancient grain being brought back to be used in soups, salads, stews or other places where rice and quinoa are usually found. The grain,...

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    PETE TITTL: Great burgers, yes — and so much more

    Eureka! is the kind of restaurant that can be quite torturous after too many visits, kind of like 24th Street Cafe. They put new things on the menu. You try them. You love them. You have new favorites on the next visit, and after a half...

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    PETE TITTL: Vietnamese cuisine on rise

    We've had decent pho for quite some time in Bakersfield. The Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced fuh, was introduced by the pioneer in town, Saigon on Oak Street, followed by places like Maui Pho (bonus points for referencing Hawaii!) and...

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    PETE TITTL: Sample caterer's food beforehand at NV Cafe

    I love finding a new gem of a restaurant that most people don't even know about. I think that's a good description of NV Cafe, a small breakfast and lunch spot downtown that mostly serves as a base for the catering operations of Nate and...

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    PETE TITTL: Southwest pizza joints not quite upper-crust

    Two of the most successful locally owned pizza outfits have opened new restaurants in the southwest in recent weeks. Tony's Pizza and Cataldo's prove you that if you offer a quality product at a fair price, you don't need to be a corporate...

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    The Dish: Chocolate fried chicken? Yep

    Are you ready for chocolate fried chicken? It's now available in downtown Los Angeles from the same folks who had such a hit with Umami Burger. Adam Fleischman developed ChocoChicken with chef Keith Previte and movie producer Sean Robins....

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    PETE TITTL: Belvedere Room still at the top of its game

    It's not an easy thing to stay on top of your game, and a high-end restaurant is no exception. The cast and crew at the Belvedere Room at the Padre Hotel have been succeeding so far, unveiling a new menu in the spring to keep the...

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    PETE TITTL: Standing out in a crowded food market

    We have such a competitive Mexican restaurant scene in Bakersfield that you have to find something to make your restaurant a must-visit, to stand out from the crowd and survive in what can be a tough market. Agave Grill & Cantina has a...

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    PETE TITTL: It's not haute but no-nonsense Highland Cafe will satisfy

    It's been an interesting few years for The Highland Cafe on North Chester Avenue. At one point it was in the hands of people who brought in a beautiful restored wood bar and haute cuisine at reasonable prices. I had the audacity to list it...

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    The Dish: Black Angus toasts 50th with specials

    Black Angus, the restaurant chain with a store on Rosedale Highway, is celebrating its 50th year in business with new menu items, drink specials and a new happy hour in its BullsEye Bar. They've added an anniversary classic cocktail menu...

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    PETE TITTL: New cafe ready to serve aces at Racquet Club

    The Bakersfield Racquet Club has been through some interesting times in recent years, but it sure does seem like things are moving in the right direction now, especially at the landmark's little cafe. The club itself has undergone some...

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