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    PETE TITTL: New outlet available when hunger strikes

    BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Friday, Oct 17 2014 01:46 PM

    It's highly unlikely that the customers at Outlets at Tejon mall at the base of the Grapevine will be driving there for the food. But the evolution of the American mall virtually requires dining choices, and many of them, because in the American mind shopping is firmly associated with eating -- to say nothing of the fact that with 71 stores, you can spend hours trying to decide which socks or slacks to buy and some people get famished in the process. So restaurants are a requirement.

    What's cool to me is how many of the restaurants in the food court area are Bakersfield originals: Tony's Pizza, Dewar's and Juicy Burger. Considering how many customers are likely to be from Los Angeles or the Bay Area, this will expose a lot of folks who...

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    CraSh Lounge: Setting the bar for sophistication

    If James Bond had a little brother, he's exactly the kind of guy CraSh Lounge -- with its sophisticated feel and $42-per-pour single malt scotch -- is looking to attract when it opens Wednesday. The cosmopolitan bar/restaurant is yet...

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    It's a great place for tea, bar none

    Something's brewing in southwest Bakersfield, and it has guests lining up for a tasty and refreshing treat. Tea Bar sells drinks made up of more than 40 varieties of tea, the leaves kept in glass containers behind the register. Green,...

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    The Dish: It's not 5 Guys -- just one Guy

    Got an email from Antoine Feghali, owner of Camille's Sidewalk Cafe at The Marketplace. He said a restaurant was due to move in next door to him in the space formerly home to Coldwater Creek, and this is no Chili's we're talking about: He...


    PETE TITTL: Luigi's still the place to be for Saturday lunch

    It's hard to get a table for lunch at Luigi's any day of the week, but the crowd is different on Saturday. More families, college students home on breaks reconnecting with old friends, football on TV. And then there are the Saturday...

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    Parting is sweet sorrow for Frosting Ink

    After a decade as part of the downtown food scene, cupcake and pastry shop Frosting Ink will close its doors Friday. "Bakersfield has been good to me," said Frosting Ink owner Sheila Heninger in an interview Tuesday. "The community has...

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    The Dish: It's not a crepe-shoot at consistently great cafe

    When you think of downtown breakfast spots, it's hard to overlook the 24th Street Cafe. But one low-profile gem we visited on a Sunday morning recently deserves consideration: Cafe Crepes. The small, Parisian-themed restaurant that...

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    PETE TITTL: They live to serve at cheerful Anabo's

    Have you ever gone to a restaurant that had a staff that was so joyful, so cooperative with one another that it elevates your mood and makes you glad you stopped in? That was our experience at Anabo's Cafe, a humble little breakfast and...

  9. Have a slab of fun at Bakersfield Baconfest

    Forget about bringing home the bacon. It's time to go out and enjoy some this weekend at Bakersfield Baconfest, the first swine soiree this fall (Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival happens Nov. 8). Tickets are still available for...


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

    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...

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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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