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    PETE TITTL: Deli Delicious seeking niche in tough market

    BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Saturday, Mar 28 2015 12:29 PM

    It's not often that we have a restaurant born in Fresno move south to our fair city, but Deli Delicious has done just that, opening a Rosedale store in the always-competitive sandwich restaurant market.

    What helps Deli Delicious stand out? The meats and cheeses are sliced fresh every day, and the tri-tip and chicken are prepared in house. Deli Delicious also offer four types of French fries, which most of its competitors do not. The sandwich-making method here differs from the Subway/Chipotle model, where you watch just to make sure they add that double portion of cucumber to the bulk of your product. At this restaurant, it's done behind a counter away from your prying eyes.

    With 45 sandwiches, the menu is extensive. Each is available...

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    PETE TITTL: Oh! Noodles hard to find, but worth the search

    The tough part of my job is seeing big dreams die hard, often for reasons that are arbitrary and not in the least fair. I thought of this as we visited Oh! Noodles Asian Noodles & Grill on Panama Lane. It's located in a space that was...

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    The Dish: A best burger contender

    A few years ago we launched a quest for the best burger in town, and a friend on Facebook nominated a new contender at Fred's Barbecue Factory. It's called Roberto's Special Burger and features two eight-ounce ground sirloin patties ($10...

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    Renegade Room ready to serve

    Although spring officially starts March 20, the culinary arts students at Bakersfield College are already hard at work on their spring semester, part of which involves staffing the on-campus restaurant Renegade Room. From now until May 6,...

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    PETE TITTL: Possibilities endless at Mesa Mexican

    I have a feeling that 20 years from now, when someone is writing the history of restaurants in America, Chipotle could be as influential today as McDonald's was in the 1960s. If you're old enough, you remember eating in the days before...

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    Lamb 'fries': A real festival for real Basques

    There's a long-standing tradition at one of Bakersfield's Basque restaurants but, much like the ubiquitous pickled tongue, it may be tough for some to swallow. On Tuesday, Chalet Basque held its Lamb Fries Feast, serving diners the Basque...

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    Getting to the pint: Not hard in beer-loving Kern

    "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." -- Frank Zappa Back in December, in an attempt to...

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    New craft brewery a hops, skip and jump away

    Starting a business with your best friend is one thing, but add beer, a pub and a concert venue and it's the American dream with quite a kicker -- if you can make it happen. Getting started is the hard part, something that Don Bynum and...

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    DINING OUT: Call this pizza super-fast casual

    Pizza Rev has opened its first two locations in town, and while the conventional pizza parlors probably won't lose much business in the process -- this is just a different product, folks -- it does give us another decent fast-casual dining...

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    New craft brewery a hops, skip and jump away

    Starting a business with your best friend is one thing, but add beer, a pub and a concert venue and it’s the American dream with quite a kicker — if you can make it happen. Getting started is the hard part, something that Don Bynum and...

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    Chew Review: This Cap'n ain't happenin'

    Sometimes the cereal box should stay closed. In a clear bid to reach its target diners -- late-night partiers and college students -- Taco Bell is testing its latest dessert, Cap'n Crunch Delights. Filled with "milk icing," the sweet...

  12. Longtime beer festival gets crafty to keep up with changing tastes

    When the Active 20-30 Club decided it was time to change up the annual beer festival fundraiser after more than two decades, it looked to a Bakersfield classic -- country music -- and a new favorite -- craft beer -- for inspiration. "This...

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    The Dish: Cheap and quick at Macaroni Grill

    Romano's Macaroni Grill has expanded its "express meal" concept to dinner, offering six entrees for $9 and guaranteeing to serve them in nine minutes or the meal is free. The offer is available daily at the to-go window, and Monday...

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