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

    By Pete Tittl
    Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:40 AM

    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 specials, which attract food lovers from all over town to the family-owned east Bakersfield institution.

    Of course I know that people have their own preferences on the daily specials. My neighbor Lawrence can't resist the Wednesday special of baked stuffed chicken breast with the half order of lasagna ($11.95). It's so good (and so filling) he sometimes skips dinner. The Italian dip, the special on Thursday ($9.50), also is exceptional, and there are many who rave about the Friday special of New York steak...

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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...

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    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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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Elusive ribs worth seeking out

    Reader Jon Crawford dropped us an email to recommend barbecue from the Rising Star Baptist Church on Wilson Road, across the street from Kmart. "It's semi-regular (impossible to predict) Saturday barbecue -- I drive by each Saturday to...

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    DINING OUT: The Mark continues to excel at fine dining

    A couple of friends told me they thought food was slipping to the ordinary at The Mark. Considering the extraordinary standard the restaurant set upon its debut back in 2012, I thought a return was in order. I was going to get to the...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Popular NW barbecue place expands in SW

    Salty's BBQ & Catering has expanded to a second location on White Lane in what had been the Grill Hut. Seth Martinez, a trainer for the Rosedale highway location, said the menu is similar with family-style barbecue meals "but more...

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    PETE TITTL: Krush uncorks nice experience

    I went to Krush Wine Bar expecting it to be the Imbibe of Rosedale: couches, beer and wine, live music, laid-back operation. Where do I begin to list the incorrect assumptions and the toll they took on me? First off, before stopping by I...

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    PETE TITTL: Tasting Frugatti's hidden gems

    We took our neighbors Lawrence and Penny to Frugatti's, and Lawrence gave me his philosophy on ordering food in restaurants: Ask the waiter or waitress what they'd recommend. "Sometimes they'll recommend food and I ask them if they've...

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    PETE TITTL: Latest identity looks great on downtown cafe

    Mill Creek Deli, which a few years ago conquered and took over the iconic Silver Fox bar, has had a difficult time making up its mind what it wants to be. First it was a lunchtime-only sandwich shop and just as it was catching on, the...

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    The Dish: Kale meets kiwi in latest blends

    One of the most significant trends this summer was smoothies created by blending fruits and vegetables together, according to an article in Nation's Restaurant News. Examples include Tropical Smoothie Cafe's totally green smoothie, made...

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    PETE TITTL: Remodeling doesn't apply to the menu

    Ming's Cafe went through what looks to be an expensive renovation recently, but it stayed old school in all other ways, particularly on the menu. This is the sort of Chinese restaurant that has a section of "American" foods because there...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: La Costa readies for Icehouse move

    La Costa Mariscos closed its downtown location Friday in preparation for its move to the new Icehouse location this week. When the new location was announced earlier this year, the owners had considered keeping both restaurants open, but...

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