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    PETE TITTL: There's a lot more to love about La Costa

    BY PETE TITTL Contributing columnist
    Saturday, Sep 27 2014 09:59 PM

    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 before recently closing its 21st Street location, has always had a home-cooking charm. Good food, humble atmosphere, kind staff. There was a lot to recommend.

    But the new digs (which for years housed a Sizzler) in the historic Ice House building just north of the Garces Circle is, I think, a bit more suited to the quality of the food. It's a stunning multi-level space that they've really made their own, with colorful wall decorations and wicker light baskets; they've retained the old plantation fans that I...

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    HALLOWEEN 2014: It's a dead man's party (for charity)

    If a real zombie outbreak hits, a crowded hotel won't be the best place to hide out. All it takes is one infected bellhop for the high rise to turn into a zombie zoo, with no hope of checking out unbitten. Fortunately, the "Zombie...

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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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    THE DISH: Everyone is an Okie at Bubba's annual dinner

    The organizers of Bubba's Okie Dinner, an annual fundraiser for Taft's Historic Fort, want to guarantee that you -- make that y'all -- feel at home. From the moment Bubba greets you with his hubcap laden with "horse ovaries" (that's...

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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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    Food concessions: They live to serve

    With its pillars, Classical design and spacious seating, the food concession run by the Italian Heritage Dante Association is an elegant, shaded beacon among its squat neighbors, an inviting escape offering the promise of a breather, a...

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    Unwrapping his love of burritos

    Jimmy Holliday may come off like just another laid-back burrito lover but he is ready for a food fight. "People do have strong opinions about food, but they need to talk about it. They need to be challenged." The 30-year-old Bakersfield...

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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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    We're all Greek this week

    As fans of the annual Greek Food Festival prepare to shout "Opa!," eat too much souvlaki, and maybe drink a little ouzo, the celebration also presents an opportunity to reflect on the history of the Greek community in Bakersfield and what...

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    Get the dish on downtown food scene at event

    If you’ve been meaning to hit the thriving downtown restaurant scene but have no idea where to begin, consider Taste of Downtown the official starting line. More than a dozen establishments — from white-tablecloth spots like The Mark to...

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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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