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    PETE TITTL: Latest identity looks great on downtown cafe

    BY PETE TITTL Contributing columnist
    Saturday, Aug 30 2014 09:00 AM

    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 closed sign went up for quite a spell. It reopened and toyed with dinner service before closing again. Then, after a death in the family, the owner put the business on the market before catching her breath and deciding to give the place another whirl, and a new name. Make that names.

    The menu we were handed when we stopped by for lunch said "Mill Creek Deli." A sign on the wall advertising a singles mixer said the event would happen at "Mill Creek's Castaway Cafe." No tie-breaker/guidance from Facebook....

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    The Dish: Kale meets kiwi in latest blends

    One of the most significant trends this summer was smoothies created by blending fruits and vegetables together, according to an article in Nation's Restaurant News. Examples include Tropical Smoothie Cafe's totally green smoothie, made...

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    Giving ’em ale — just not enough

    Eric Giddens had the distinct feeling that he was being followed Tuesday.  As the co-owner of Kern River Brewing Company made the rounds distributing his popular beer to Bakersfield liquor stores, he saw the same group of people...

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    Giving 'em ale -- just not enough

    Eric Giddens had the distinct feeling that he was being followed Tuesday. As the co-owner of Kern River Brewing Company made the rounds distributing his popular beer to Bakersfield liquor stores, he saw the same group of people everywhere...

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    Bacon and kegs: Festivals on tap

    Is it better with bacon? Bakersfield aims to answer one of life's great questions with not one but two new food festivals going hog wild this fall. And although most of us are on the same page about enjoying pork, there might be some...

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    PETE TITTL: Remodeling doesn't apply to the menu

    Ming's Cafe went through what looks to be an expensive renovation recently, but it stayed old school in all other ways, particularly on the menu. This is the sort of Chinese restaurant that has a section of "American" foods because there...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: La Costa readies for Icehouse move

    La Costa Mariscos closed its downtown location Friday in preparation for its move to the new Icehouse location this week. When the new location was announced earlier this year, the owners had considered keeping both restaurants open, but...

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    PETE TITTL: Red Brick touts fresh pizzas, fast

    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....

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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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