Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill
11350 Ming Ave., Ste. 260
The lunch menu at this fresh, inspired restaurant is stacked with great choices. The handmade, beer-battered Fish and Chips is certainly worthy of your time and money. It’s catfish, not cod, so there’s something a little different, and served with seasoned steak fries and Wiki’s coleslaw. But we think you’ll want to try the Mushroom and Kale Tacos ($9.95). Flour tortillas stuffed with Fresno chiles, wild mushrooms, kale, and fried brussels sprouts. Talk about flavorful and healthy.
4700 Coffee Rd.
Sandwiches, pasta salads, soups, fish and chips! Oh, my. There’s a lot to enjoy at Brookside. If you can get your hands on a Clam Chowder Bread Bowl, do yourself a favor and place that order. (It’s not always available, usually Fridays.) So instead grab a “Tuesday Special” Hot Sandwich (don’t worry, just a name). It comes with sliced turkey breast, vinegar and oil, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a toasted bagel (plain or onion). Only $5.99 alone. So add a side for a couple bucks more. Choose from tuna salad, broccoli bacon salad, or even Basque cottage cheese.
1400 Wible Rd.
This entry finds its way onto the list via an out-of-town reader who, while visiting our fair city, happened to drop by Los Tacos. She so loved her Chicken Burrito, that she called us and told us to include it in the Cheap Eats list this year. Order it Supreme for $4.99. It’s a big-big burrito, with chicken (though you have your choice of meat, beans, tomatoes, and cheese, plus sour cream and guac if you want it). The whole thing is covered in a delicious red sauce.
Steak & Grape
4420 Coffee Rd.
In an ode to our amazing, fertile lands, Steak & Grape has created a salad like no other. It’s packed full of California flavors and produce that Kern County is known for, plus it’s sweet and tangy. The California Harvest Salad! It’s chopped hearts of romaine with apple cider vinaigrette, gorgonzola cheese crumbles, sun dried cranberries, crisp green apples, candied walnuts, and applewood smoked bacon for just $9.95.
3113 Chester Ln.
The long list of wonderful Vietnamese noodle soups (pho) and other entrées at Saigon makes picking something to eat a challenge. If you’ve been here before, try ordering something you’ve never had. If it’s your first time, we recommend the classic Wonton Soup. Soon, a huge, steaming bowl of savory seasoned broth will arrive in front of you loaded with tender egg noodles, green onions, shrimp, and slices of bbq pork! It’s just $7.95 for a regular bowl (which is large) or for a $1.50 more you can order a bigger bowl.