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    PETE TITTL: Humble Ruben's makes the big move to Rosedale

    BY PETE TITTL Contributing columnist
    Saturday, Apr 12 2014 12:00 PM

    Not many restaurants are abandoning downtown Bakersfield for Rosedale, but Ruben's Mexican Food & Seafood is going against the grain. Best known for its seafood, the humble eatery recently closed its Chester Avenue location -- where it had been since 2007 -- and moved into what once was a pizza parlor at a Calloway Drive-Rosedale Highway shopping center, best known for J's Place and Freddie's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Some people remember shopping centers by the anchor stores (Smart & Final, in this case). I go by the restaurants.

    The space seems much larger, and owner Ruben Gutierrez -- almost always a presence in his dining room -- seems happy at the early response from the northwest, which was strong on the night we visited. The...

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    The Dish: Bakersfield whiskey earns silver

    The Olympics have passed but the Americans earned a different silver thanks to Bakersfield-based Bowen's Whiskey. The spirit, created by North High grad Wade Bowen, earned a silver medal at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards in the American...

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    Fast-food review: Breakfast wars heating up

    Along with the morning coffee, a breakfast war is brewing. For my money, the best breakfast tacos to be had are at Homestate, a Texas kitchen by way of L.A. dishing up charro beans, chorizo and other goodies in flour or corn tortillas. But...

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    SCOTT COX: At $4, Costco's Caesar a pleaser

    I've been running around town a lot lately, chasing down leads from readers about Bakersfield's best salads. And I've had some good ones. And fancy ones -- salads with all manner of impressive greens, exotic dressings, and even candied...

  5. Fine wine and jazz perfect cure for the Friday night blues

    Bakersfield College Foundation's 2014 Red & White Wine & Food Festival on Friday will offer tastings from some of the most respected vineyards, paired with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the college's Culinary Arts program. The grass area...

  6. With great cause on the line, feel free to drink up at event

    Ready to wine and dine like a star? Raise your glass and toast your inner celebrity at "Hollywood Style," the Bakersfield Association of Realtors second annual wine tasting and silent auction. Founded last year to raise funds for the...

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    'O' my! Bakery selected for second appearance in Oprah magazine

    Entrepreneurs, authors and other creative types are glad to be blessed with the Oprah stamp of approval. With so many products out there seeking an "O" rating, it's not often that someone makes the list twice, but Bakersfield's own Sweet...

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    MMMAC & CHEESE! Festival celebrates beloved dish

    For most of us, somewhere in our childhood memories there is at least one bowl of macaroni and cheese. Whether it came from a blue box or started with a scratch-made roux and a blend of cheeses, it was carb heaven. The organizers of the...

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    DINING OUT: Lengthwise is letting you in on its secrets

    Everyone loves a secret menu. It's a confidential bond you can share with a friend, as in "You gotta order this, but you gotta know about it because it's not on the menu or anything and only cool people like you and me know about it." It...

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    The Dish: La Costa goes mucho grande

    After 20 years at its downtown location, La Costa Mariscos is opening a second restaurant in the Icehouse space long occupied by Sizzler (which closed in 2012). The new Mexican seafood restaurant should be open as early as May or in June...

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    PETE TITTL: Chic cafe another score for downtown

    If at this point you are tired of my enthusiasm for the continued dining renaissance going on in the heart of Bakersfield and have concluded that I am a closeted member of the Downtown Business Association posing as a restaurant critic,...

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    PETE TITTL: Sushi spot gets a new look but quality remains

    The plan was pretty simple: Two restaurants we liked on Coffee north of Rosedale Highway had closed, remodeled and were reopening with new names and/or menus. The Korean restaurant was going to serve Vietnamese soup and be called Pho 88....

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    A pair of downtown debuts

    Bring your appetite if you head downtown tonight. Along with the usual restaurants, two new spots will make a splash with grand-opening events. First up is Boss Pizza, a fast-casual restaurant serving up pies and salads with a...

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