I must have driven by Red Stone Pizza & Italian Grill dozens of times without seeing it until a student in a class I taught at Cal State Bakersfield earlier this year suggested I try it. She also happened to work there.
I’m adding Krush Wine Bar & Restaurant to my list of top Bakersfield dining spots. The food is superb, the service excellent, and the atmosphere elegant. For those living in the northwest it’s a boon; for those living in other parts of the city it’s worth your while to get there.
Cardamom, curry, cinnamon, chilies, and cumin; these flavors are a blend of the best of the Middle East and Asia. That combination of sweet and smoky is unique and complex—and completely satisfying (to those that love Indian food, that is).
Like everyone else in town, I’d heard the buzz. Guy Fieri was coming to Bakersfield to feature some local eateries. Some, such as Mama Roomba, are longtime faves and I’ve reviewed them in these pages.
One restaurant that Fieri was purportedly planning to feature on his popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, that intrigued me was the Pyrenees Café, a longtime Basque restaurant at 601 Sumner St., in east Bakersfield. It’s a historic place for sure; published reports say the building dates to 1899. In those days, passenger trains stopped at the Southern Pacific station a couple blocks away. A trolley carried people from the train station to downtown Bakersfield a couple miles west along 19th Street.
I found ‘em! Barbecued ribs on par with the best ever produced in Bakersfield. And I’m thrilled!
J’s Place in the Rosedale Village Shopping Center, at Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive, is home to these succulent pork ribs that really are falling-off-the-bone tender. The meat is moist and flavorful, and covered in a delicious sweet, smoky barbecue sauce. There is only one other place in Bakersfield that had ribs this good: Sock It To Me Barbecue.
Dive into good eating at Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill, one of Bakersfield’s newer restaurants. It’s cozy and friendly, with an imaginative menu, not to mention a good wine list.