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    THE DISH: This is crude: Olive oil price rising

    By Pete Tittl
    Saturday, Jan 24 2015 03:18 PM

    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 bacteria that destroyed nearly 1 million trees in Italy and Spain. Worldwide production slipped from 3.2 million tons the previous year to 2.4 million last year. On the wholesale level, prices more than doubled, and this will eventually show up at the retail level.

    New and different Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery has brought back the amazing caramel apple cream cheese pie ($13.19) for a limited time, and has a "pie trio" special starting at $9.99 that features a savory pie (chicken pot pie, Shepherd...

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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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    The Dish: A smashing deal at Coco's and all natural at Carl's Jr.

    Coco's Bakery Restaurant is offering a steak and pie combo with a 14-ounce rib eye and pie for $19.99, or sirloin with either shrimp scampi or lobster for $15.99. Children eat free every day with the purchase of an adult meal ... Carl's...

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    The Dish: 2 new beers in bottles at Kern River Brewing

    Kern River Brewing Company will be offering two new beers in bottles soon now that the labels have been approved: Gravity Check Session IPA and Shuttle Bunny Double White IPA. The Kernville-based craft brewery/restaurant is also expanding...

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    PETE TITTL: Getting fired up for Firehouse

    Those who say there's nothing fun to do in Bakersfield have just not been to the Firehouse. When the White Lane restaurant/bar/entertainment emporium opened in 2009, we compared it to Dave & Buster's, a food and drink chain that offers...

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    The Dish: Arby's on a roll with image change

    Arby's, founded in Ohio in 1964, has always wanted to be different from other fast-food places, serving roast beef instead of hamburgers and potato chips (later potato cakes) instead of French fries. In recent years the chain has promoted...

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    PETE TITTL: Mexican food for not a lot of pesos

    It's Christmas shopping season, which means most people are short of both time and money. In that spirit, I have found two low-profile new Mexican restaurants that offer exceptional value with what could be considered almost a fast-food...

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    PETE TITTL: Bakersfield gets a barbecue infusion

    Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at the entrance of Valley Plaza will open Dec. 11. The restaurant, which seats more than 200 people, will feature blues-inspired art in a Southern roadhouse ambience. "Blues and barbeque are a natural fit...

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