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    PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown

    By PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Saturday, Feb 28 2015 09:00 AM

    There are times when the hour wait for breakfast/lunch at 24th Street Cafe can be a bit impossible, particularly on a Sunday morning. They've got the patio, the staff is efficient, but some weekend days just have a honey-do list that makes the delay impossible. So consider ambling over to the original occupant of that building, Lorene's Coffee Shop, which is just a few blocks west on 23rd Street.

    I know in some circles it will seem sacrilegious to compare the two, but the long-time downtown coffee shop does some things well enough to avoid a serious letdown if you choose wisely.

    Let's start with breakfast and my favorite, the skillet breakfasts. Sure, the chains have made creations like this common: a metal dish of fried potatoes...

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    Salty's serves up "killer barbecue" on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"

    Guy Fieri did his part Friday night to put Bakersfield on the Triple D dining map with some “killer barbecue” at Salty's BBQ & Catering. The Rosedale Highway restaurant was in the hot seat in the first of three “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives...

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    ANN CIERLEY: How to get started on wine journey

    I've been approached several times already this winter by earnest young adults who either ask me for recommendations for a good wine, or want to know where they can learn about wine. The ensuing conversation always has me telling them to...

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    We grilled Salty's owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty's BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant's Friday debut on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a smoker...

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    We grilled Salty’s owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty’s BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant’s Friday debut on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a...

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    Give Guy a try? Johnny Garlic's opens Tuesday

    You'll need a big mouth -- or jaws that unlock -- for the burgers they serve at Johnny Garlic's, which opens its first Bakersfield location Tuesday. And that makes sense when you consider who helped create these mammoth meat monsters: Guy...

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    BevMo! grand opening more like a three-day bender

    Champagne and beer for breakfast, then wine and tequila for lunch? On a weekday? Only at a BevMo! opening. Starting Friday morning, the Concord-based alcohol and gourmet foods retailer will mark its local debut with a three-day tastings...

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    The Dish: Oildale bakery offers substance

    We got word from reader Brandon Manning about a new bakery in Oildale, Zoey Brooke's Bakery, 2811 North Chester. "It's gluten free and amazing ... really surprised how good it was!" he wrote. When we heard Oildale and bakery in the same...

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    PETE TITTL: Lines at Lino's? Not yet, but just wait

    The American dream is alive and well in Pumpkin Center. A father and son who toiled in the kitchen at Cafe Med for nearly two decades have opened their own place in a humble storefront on Taft Highway in Pumpkin Center, across from a cat...

  10. The Chew Review: Head to Tehachapi for the ale of it

    It's sort of amazing to me that funky, laid-back Tehachapi has only one microbrewery, the recently opened Honey Wagon. You'd think that, given this mountain town's quaint, homemade vibe, there'd be a dozen. But Tehachapi's one and only (as...

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    Bakersfield 'diners' episodes set to air soon

    Guy Fieri is now ready to share Bakersfield cuisine with the world. The host of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," who brought his crew to town in January, has rolled out a schedule for those episodes. The Food Network announced Monday when...

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    PETE TITTL: Change is a good thing, at least so far, at Prime Cut

    A transformation is underway at Prime Cut, which got new owners last fall when Merv and Michelle Crist sold the northwest Bakersfield meat-and-eats emporium. If you visit on the weekends, you can get smoked prime rib off the specials...

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    The Dish: Creamy frozen custard, Italian ice ready to mix

    Rita's Italian Ice, the nation's largest Italian ice and frozen custard chain, has its sights set on Bakersfield. As part of the latest rollout, the company, which has more than 600 stores in 27 states as well as Canada, will expand...

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