Dining

  • Richard Yoshimura, owner of Moo Creamery in Bakersfield, cuts a thick slice of his chocolate cream pie. Forget about the goopy chocolate pudding pies that some restaurants slop up and cover with canned whipped cream, writes Californian reporter Harold Pierce. Moo Creamery’s adaptation of a French cream pie recipe boasts a firm luxurious bittersweet filling that melts as soon as it hits your mouth and tastes like a chocolate truffle.

    Love & Chocolate: Where to get your fix in Bakersfield

    We know, we know: If you haven’t booked your reservations for Valentine’s Day yet, it might be too late. So what are we doing tempting you with 10 rich chocolate desserts if there’s no hope of getting into the restaurants that serve them? Because there’s always tomorrow. There is no rhyme or

  • Whether you're FBO ( Facebook official) or It's Complicated, celebrate Valentine's Day at Eureka! with the burger restaurant's specialty Valentine's drinks, available through Feb. 15. Each cost $12.

    THE DISH: Valentine's cocktails at Eureka! and macarons at Gimme Some Sugar

    Today is Valentine’s Day and whether you’re with a sweetheart or single and fabulous, Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer has a drink for you. The Hawthorne-based burger chain known for specialty cocktails brought modern romance to its mixology for Valentine’s. Those crazy in love can enjoy

  • Is there any task manager Miguel Legazpi doesn't perform? Here, he shakes the ingredients of a cucumber margarita for a regular guest at Red Grill Onions Mexican Cafe and Bar.

    PETE TITTL: Restaurant with long name will be on your short list of faves

    It’s hard to be more impressed by a new restaurant than we were on our visit to Red Grill Onions Mexican Café and Bar. It needs a name that long to contain its awesomeness. It’s a small place, seemingly with only one employee, an amiable man who took care of customers at the bar and tables,

  • Pilot Flying J locations are offering a free slice of pizza for National Pizza Day Tuesday. Visit the company's Facebook page for the coupon.

    Grab a free pizza slice at Flying J Tuesday

    Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day and in celebration, Pilot Flying J locations will offer customers a free slice. Head to the company’s Facebook page for a coupon, which can be displayed via smartphone, for a piece of “Unexpectedly Awesome” PJ Fresh Pizza. The promotion is available from midnight

  • Yogurtland is offering guests a free cup of yogurt with toppings from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday for its fifth annual national frozen yogurt day.

    THE DISH: Line up for free frozen yogurt at Yogurtland Monday

    Get your spoons ready, Bakersfield. Yogurtland is offering free frozen yogurt Monday in honor of its fifth annual national frozen yogurt day. From 4 to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a free cup of yogurt with toppings. The dish will come with a limited-edition Hershey collectible spoon, marking the

  • The Dog Days combo pizza from Pacino's Pizzeria Pastaria in Tehachapi. Restaurant critic Pete Tittl raves about the crust: perfectly crisp on the outside and soft as fresh-baked bread inside,  paper thin in the middle and rolled to a substantial thickness on the outside.

    PETE TITTL: Pacino's makes you a pizza you can't refuse

    I can’t say that I’ve ever really been in a restaurant like Pacino’s in Tehachapi. Yeah, it’s Italian, featuring a menu with the familiar pastas, pizzas, veal and all you’d expect in a restaurant like this. But it’s the overall obsession with All Things Al that just blows you away. Our waitress

  • The Guild House has but one goal: to raise money for the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Center.

    Guild House celebrating major milestones

    In addition to the usual First Friday fun, the Guild House is adding something special to the mix with a reception in honor of its ongoing milestone celebrations. This year, the 18th Street facility recognizes 50 years in operation in support of the Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic, which

  • The building that now houses the Ivy Mediterranean Tapas Restaurant was built in 1932 as the First Baptist Church. The stained-glass windows, arches and other church staples add charm and distinction to the dining room. Designed by architect Charles H. Biggar, the building withstood the 1952 Bakersfield earthquake, probably thanks to its 12-inch thick steel-reinforced concrete walls.

    The Dish: Restaurant new and different, from tapas to bottom

    Sometimes when a new restaurant opens in Bakersfield, readers complain it’s more of the same. Nothing we haven’t seen before. You can’t say that about the new restaurant Shai Gordon has opened in the Bell Tower building, at 1200 Truxtun Ave., near the courthouse. Gordon, who co-owns Steak &

  • PETE TITTL: Four-star atmosphere with two-star food

    Sol y Luna, the successful Truxtun Avenue restaurant located across from Rabobank Arena, has opened an impressive-looking new restaurant in the same shopping center as Wiki Wine Dive & Grill in the southwest. But looks aren’t everything. From opening day, the place has been bustling. It’s a

  • Bakersfield resident Harvey Campbell was fascinated by wines for most of his life.

    Bakersfield wine lover was No. 1 at Joseph Phelps Vineyards

    I wrote a news obituary Friday on the passing of Bakersfield cotton breeder and agricultural consultant Harvey Campbell, who died Thursday at the age of 87. Much of the story was dedicated — and rightly so — to Campbell’s epic, years-long battle with the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board and his

  • Centro 18 Cuisine & Lounge downtown has made a name for itself fast with friendly service and unique deals like its Monday seafood bar and a new Brazilian-style Sunday brunch.

    THE DISH: Downtown eatery puts brunch front and Centro

    Centro 18 Cuisine & Lounge just upped Bakersfield’s brunch game, launching a Brazilian-style spread kicking off Sunday. Opened late last year, the 18th Street Mexican restaurant has already generated a buzz with a Monday night seafood bar (5-8 p.m., plate for $10 or free with purchase of two

  • The Southwestern bean salad at Nature's Food Market and Juice Bar can be served as a side dish or an entree if mixed with rice or quinoa.

    Health food served way nature intended

    New year, new you? Many people headed into 2016 resolved to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle, but that’s just everyday living for Chuck and Wendy Naus, owners of Nature’s Food Market and Juice Bar. For six years, the couple have shared their health advocacy through a wide selection of

  • On Thursday, Tehachapi’s planning commission approved a plan for a Dunkin’ Donuts on Tucker Road, which is poised to be the first Kern County location for the chain.

    THE DISH: Tehachapi ready to start Dunkin'

    Bakersfield doughnut lovers will likely see a hole in this plan but it seems Tehachapi will get the county’s first taste of Dunkin’ Donuts. The Tehachapi News reported Thursday that the planning commission, in a 5-0 vote, approved a plan for the first Kern location of the popular doughnut chain.

  • Santiago Figueroa Jr. is one of the servers at Santiago'€™s Grill & Seafood. The menu emphasizes seafood dishes, like the one Figueroa is displaying.

    PETE TITTL: Wherever Santiago's goes, it's worth finding

    Santiago’s is one of Bakersfield’s most nomadic restaurants. After a long stint on H Street just south of Brundage Lane, it moved to an F Street location close to where the state is trying to put the bullet train depot. Last year it moved to a spot on Wible Road that had previously been home to

  • Lunch is a busy time for Natalie Nuno and the staff at Narducci's Cafe. The dinner specials are among the best values in town.

    PETE TITTL: Drama? What drama? Narducci's is back

    Over the past year, Narducci’s Cafe has been involved in more drama than your average “Real Housewives” episode: Internal feuding that prompted the departure of the popular longtime manager, who took several employees with her, as well as other changes, temporary closures and finally a new manager.

  • Paramount Farming Company drew large crowds with freebies at the first Kern County Nut Festival. The festival will not return in 2016, but no decision has been made about its longterm future.

    Nuts! Festival canceled

    The Kern County Nut Festival, which launched to great fanfare in 2013, is being shelved this year so that the Kern County Museum, which hosts the event, can concentrate on other activities like its own 75th anniversary celebration. The decision was made this week, said museum executive director

  • Firestone Grill's signature tri-tip sandwich. Barbecue fans have been salivating at the prospect of the chain's opening in Bakersfield. On Tuesday, that day arrived.

    The grill deal: Firestone ready to take your order

    Hope you’re hungry, because the local dining scene is serving it up, with seconds on the way. The wait is over for the highly anticipated debut of Firestone Grill, which began dishing barbecue and burgers Tuesday afternoon at its first Bakersfield location, at Highway 99 and California Avenue. If