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    PETE TITTL: Humble Ruben's makes the big move to Rosedale

    By Pete Tittl
    Saturday, Apr 12 2014 12:00 PM

    Not many restaurants are abandoning downtown Bakersfield for Rosedale, but Ruben's Mexican Food & Seafood is going against the grain. Best known for its seafood, the humble eatery recently closed its Chester Avenue location -- where it had been since 2007 -- and moved into what once was a pizza parlor at a Calloway Drive-Rosedale Highway shopping center, best known for J's Place and Freddie's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Some people remember shopping centers by the anchor stores (Smart & Final, in this case). I go by the restaurants.

    The space seems much larger, and owner Ruben Gutierrez -- almost always a presence in his dining room -- seems happy at the early response from the northwest, which was strong on the night we visited. The...

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    DINING OUT: Lengthwise is letting you in on its secrets

    Everyone loves a secret menu. It's a confidential bond you can share with a friend, as in "You gotta order this, but you gotta know about it because it's not on the menu or anything and only cool people like you and me know about it." It...

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    The Dish: La Costa goes mucho grande

    After 20 years at its downtown location, La Costa Mariscos is opening a second restaurant in the Icehouse space long occupied by Sizzler (which closed in 2012). The new Mexican seafood restaurant should be open as early as May or in June...

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    PETE TITTL: Chic cafe another score for downtown

    If at this point you are tired of my enthusiasm for the continued dining renaissance going on in the heart of Bakersfield and have concluded that I am a closeted member of the Downtown Business Association posing as a restaurant critic,...

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    PETE TITTL: A restaurant (mostly) worth its salt

    At this point in our country's history, we are a divided nation, living at the extremes, with seemingly no way to bridge the gap. I'm not talking politics. I'm talking about salt. There are folks like my companion who have so limited...

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    PETE TITTL: Burger/breakfast/Mexican joint is smooth sailing

    Believe it or not, there was a time when Bakersfield did not have an In-N-Out Burger at all. Eventually, the Los Angeles-based chain spread out and opened two locations in Bakersfield, a receptive audience, if the lines snaking around both...

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    PETE TITTL: Muertos experience makes you feel alive

    Muertos is one of those restaurants that never seems to be the same place on any particular visit. It has a restlessness, a need to evolve that has been present since the place opened in 2012, and the struggle, the pursuit to find just...

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    PETE TITTL: Burgers, tacos and Indian food - that’s a lot to digest

    Today we’ve got an update on a humble downtown spot that changed names and added Mexican food to its American menu as well as a review of a small but pristine new Indian restaurant in the southwest that opened in what used to be a Little...

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    PETE TITTL: Did you hear the one about the funny waiter?

    I had a waiter named Julio during my recent visit to the latest Don Perico. He was a crackup, probably a budding standup comedian who made quips throughout our dining experience that weren't laugh-out-loud crazy, but more like...

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    PETE TITTL: A prime time for mobile food options in Bakersfield

    I happened to be in Santa Barbara last fall on a weekend night when the famous Four Seasons hotel chain brought a food wagon to town. It was serving on a Saturday night in the parking lot of a wine-tasting room in the East Beach Funk Zone....

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    PETE TITTL: Jake's Tex Mex: Just as wonderful after all these years

    OK, I confess it's easy to take Jake's Tex-Mex Cafe for granted. It started out three-odd decades ago in Oildale as Beef and Beanery and eventually moved to Oak Street, where the menu has been so solid that tweaks are subtle and...

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    PETE TITTL: The Nines is pretty close to a 10

    I was told by a friend that one gem I regularly overlook is the low-profile restaurant known as The Nines at the Marriott near the Convention Center downtown. He apparently had jury duty and said all the smart jurors head over there to get...

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    PETE TITTL: Calories aren’t free — but food is close

    Is money tight at your house after the holidays? It seems to be the American way, so I’m usually on the lookout for some value restaurant options in January, and we have a couple here today: Caesar’s Deli on Wilson Road and the new Ruby...

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