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    PETE TITTL: Red Brick touts fresh pizzas, fast

    By PETE TITTL Contributing writer
    Saturday, Aug 16 2014 09:00 AM

    Sometimes it helps to be ahead of a trend. As Boss Pizza downtown serves quick pizzas and a national chain, Pizza Rev, prepares to open in the southwest, Red Brick Pizza has been popping them out for seven years and is still going strong.

    Red Brick, in the northwest, was the first joint in town to use the 1,000-degree, gas-fired red stone oven, which the company website brags can cook a pizza in three minutes. Reality check: In my visits over the years it doesn't get to the table that fast, so don't expect super-fast dining as at Boss. (For example, at a recent lunch visit to Red Brick, it was 17 minutes from ordering until the pizza was brought to the table.)

    Red Brick has four specialties: chopped salads, pizzas, gelato and Fhazani...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Winner will be in the chips

    Frito-Lay has released the four new potato chip flavors competing for a $1 million prize in its annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest. The flavors and the contestants are: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese , from Matt Allen, a Troy, Ohio, firefighter...

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    ANN CIERLEY: Snide wine article deserves response

    A Wall Street Journal article published in this newspaper last week listed "10 Things Winemakers Won't Tell You" about what goes into your glass of wine. Since the article appeared, I've received calls, comments and questions, which have...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: What kind of wine drinker are you?

    The United States has now taken over as the largest wine market in the world, but research by Constellation Brands, a wine and beer producer and marketer, has found there are six different types of wine drinkers in the U.S. Price-driven...

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    PETE TITTL: Cafe's brunch worth getting up early for

    It's a great thing to see that after an impressive debut earlier this year, Wall Street Cafe is not sitting back and coasting. Just one look at the lunch and dinner menu currently being offered finds it riddled with red "New" labels --...

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    PETE TITTL: Downtown flavors are as big as Texas

    The development of Texas 28 must feel like a homecoming for Shawna Haddad-Byers. The 18th Street restaurant/bar occupies the same building that was home to Fishlips, a legendary downtown live music spot operated by Haddad-Byers that closed...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Happy hour at Steak & Grape a good choice

    Last year we did a roundup of happy hours in Bakersfield, and a strong contender for the top spot was Steak & Grape. We were lucky enough to drop in there recently and found they've continued to build on what already worked with a...

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    Scott's Salad Quest: Summer fruit surprise

    On my way to pick up my assigned salad, we got sidetracked and ended up going to Krush Wine Bar out on Verdugo and Hageman. Since I was committed to getting some greens, I had the summer fruit salad. It was mighty tasty, if a tad smallish....

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    Long John Silver's offers free fish and fries Aug. 2

    Long John Silver’s is celebrating 45 years of delicious, affordable seafood with a community Fish Fry. On Saturday, Aug. 2, visitors to participating Long John Silver’s locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will receive one crispy golden fish...

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    Revamped art walk, sweet treats come to First Friday

    With a restructured art walk, art openings and performances and some additional sweet treats, August's First Friday is working overtime to draw people downtown from air-conditioned homes. The big change this week is the unveiling of the...

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

    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...

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    Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you

    Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant reports in its regular e-newsletter that the 2010 Silver Oak Alex Cab is being offered on a pre-sale basis through the end of July for $62 per bottle -- "the lowest price we could find in the nation." Imbibe...

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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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