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  1. The Dish: 2 new beers in bottles at Kern River Brewing

    BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Thursday, Dec 18 2014 11:26 AM

    Kern River Brewing Company will be offering two new beers in bottles soon now that the labels have been approved: Gravity Check Session IPA and Shuttle Bunny Double White IPA. The Kernville-based craft brewery/restaurant is also expanding and expects work to finish by next summer

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    Padre in Wonderland on NYE

    To ring in the new year, the Padre Hotel will bring Wonderland to downtown Bakersfield, inviting guests to "fall down the rabbit hole" like Alice with an evening of deejays, hookahs midnight snacks and surprises. The fanciful fete is the...

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    Krush pops corks on first NYE

    Popping bottles is the order of the evening for New Year's Eve, but Krush Wine Bar plans to bump up the bubbly for the big night. "At midnight, there's a giant bottle of champagne I'll be pouring -- a salmanazar, a nine-liter bottle,"...

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    Moo Creamery claims a spot on best-burger list

    Want to build a better burger? Then you might start looking for tips from Moo Creamery, a local favorite that earned national acclaim by landing on a list of the best burgers in California. Thrillist, a website that focuses on food, drink...

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    PETE TITTL: Getting fired up for Firehouse

    Those who say there's nothing fun to do in Bakersfield have just not been to the Firehouse. When the White Lane restaurant/bar/entertainment emporium opened in 2009, we compared it to Dave & Buster's, a food and drink chain that offers...

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    The Dish: Arby's on a roll with image change

    Arby's, founded in Ohio in 1964, has always wanted to be different from other fast-food places, serving roast beef instead of hamburgers and potato chips (later potato cakes) instead of French fries. In recent years the chain has promoted...

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    PETE TITTL: Mexican food for not a lot of pesos

    It's Christmas shopping season, which means most people are short of both time and money. In that spirit, I have found two low-profile new Mexican restaurants that offer exceptional value with what could be considered almost a fast-food...

  8. Arvin lands a Black Bear Diner

    Black Bear Diner will open its second Kern County location -- in Arvin -- at 6 a.m. Monday. The new restaurant, at 5552 Wheeler Ridge Road, is the 65th in the franchise. "We're thrilled to have another location in Kern County," said Bruce...

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    PETE TITTL: Bakersfield gets a barbecue infusion

    Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at the entrance of Valley Plaza will open Dec. 11. The restaurant, which seats more than 200 people, will feature blues-inspired art in a Southern roadhouse ambience. "Blues and barbeque are a natural fit...

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    PETE TITTL: CraSh does just a few things -- but very well

    Back in 1980 when I started writing about restaurants for The Californian, there was an unwritten rule in the industry: No one owns and operates more than one restaurant at a time. It was probably written by the French, the one country...

  11. PETE TITTL: Reader says eat here ...

    James Irwin sent us an email about a great experience he had at Panda Palace, 118 Oak St. "Celebrating a recent birthday (88), I wanted something to remember. Boy, did I get it. I found I was overwhelmed by the menu and manager John noted...

  12. Ugly Christmas sweater something to wine about in Tehachapi

    A lot of thought goes into the perfect on-the-town ensemble. Does the outing require a fancy dress or suit? Something more casual, like jeans and a nice shirt? Or maybe it calls for ... an ugly sweater? It's that last one you'll want to dig...

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    PETE TITTL: Pizza Hut cuts calories, Red Robin's boozy shake

    Pizza Hut has overhauled its menu to include reduced-calorie pizza, more premium ingredients like sliced banana peppers, spinach, Peruvian cherry peppers and meatballs and new customization options. New sauces include premium crushed...

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