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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Popular NW barbecue place expands in SW

    BY PETE TITTL Contributing columnist
    Saturday, Sep 13 2014 11:22 PM

    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 seating. Other than that, the same food and environment." At this point, they are not planning to offer beer and wine, which the Grill Hut did.

    One interesting twist: Both restaurants started in converted coffee kiosks -- the Grill Hut on Ming Avenue, Salty's on Rosedale, just east of Calloway. The northwest location still has picnic tables and not a lot of parking, considering the business it does. Before the Grill Hut's run, the old Amtrak rail car that's on White Lane had been a burger restaurant for years...

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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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    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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