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Guidebook for Bakersfield

Jennifer
Jennifer
Liittyi 2014
Jennifer

Guidebook for Bakersfield

Food Scene
It's a little gritty, but the coffee is great. They also serve a few beers on tap. Filled with artsy locals, and free wifi, it's a nice place to get a feel for downtown.
Dagny's Coffee Co
1600 20th St
It's a little gritty, but the coffee is great. They also serve a few beers on tap. Filled with artsy locals, and free wifi, it's a nice place to get a feel for downtown.
Authentic molcajetes and great margaritas. I love eating cactus, and you should too. It kind of flies under the radar in Bakersfield's abundant Mexican restaurant scene, but it's one of my favorite places. Sometimes they have live Mariachi bands. Best of all, it's just very very very short drive from the casita.
Los Molcajetes
2500 Brundage Ln
Authentic molcajetes and great margaritas. I love eating cactus, and you should too. It kind of flies under the radar in Bakersfield's abundant Mexican restaurant scene, but it's one of my favorite places. Sometimes they have live Mariachi bands. Best of all, it's just very very very short drive from the casita.
Its been around for a million years for good reason. Okay maybe not a million, but it really has been open for over 100 years!!! Old fashioned soda and candy shop. You'll love it. It's been on a ton of food shows for good reason. Try the black and white. And grab some Dewar's Taffy Chews to take back home with you. INSIDER TIP: Grab a number when you walk in from the dispenser near the street side door. It's how they take orders and they won't serve you if you don't have a number.
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Dewar's Candy Shop
1120 Eye St
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Its been around for a million years for good reason. Okay maybe not a million, but it really has been open for over 100 years!!! Old fashioned soda and candy shop. You'll love it. It's been on a ton of food shows for good reason. Try the black and white. And grab some Dewar's Taffy Chews to take back home with you. INSIDER TIP: Grab a number when you walk in from the dispenser near the street side door. It's how they take orders and they won't serve you if you don't have a number.
Mojitos, Fried Plantains, Caribbean food, all of it adds up to yum. Featured on the food network. Tell Victor and Isaac that Jeramy and Jennifer sent you!
Mama Roomba
1814 Eye St
Mojitos, Fried Plantains, Caribbean food, all of it adds up to yum. Featured on the food network. Tell Victor and Isaac that Jeramy and Jennifer sent you!
Who doesn't love a good Thai curry? Be sure to try the Basil Eggplant too.
Singha Thai
5432 California Ave
Who doesn't love a good Thai curry? Be sure to try the Basil Eggplant too.
Now called LOCALE, the owner, Heather, is trying to bring a focus on local produced and grown items. She's doing a great job, and everything is yummy!
Union Station Deli
1723 18th St
Now called LOCALE, the owner, Heather, is trying to bring a focus on local produced and grown items. She's doing a great job, and everything is yummy!
Giant oversized sandwiches, if that's your thing.
Sequoia Sandwich Company
1231 18th St
Giant oversized sandwiches, if that's your thing.
Sandwiches on rolls.
Sub Station Downtown
1605 20th St
Sandwiches on rolls.
Ice cream, hamburgers, and more. Locally owned by great people with a menu that keeps seasonal and local produce on the forefront of this high-end diner. Featured on the food network.
Moo Creamery
4885 Truxtun Ave
Ice cream, hamburgers, and more. Locally owned by great people with a menu that keeps seasonal and local produce on the forefront of this high-end diner. Featured on the food network.
Open only on Sundays! No longer dog friendly :-( but they have a dog check in place where you can leave your dog while you shop. In addition to fresh produce, meats, eggs, you can find a few food trucks and locally made products like soaps, BBQ sauces, breads, coffee and more. Truth be told, all of our farmer's markets are sadly small compared to other cities. Especially as we live in the nation's breadbasket, but that makes it even more important to get out and support the ones that we do have!
Haggin Oaks Farmers Market
8800 Ming Ave
Open only on Sundays! No longer dog friendly :-( but they have a dog check in place where you can leave your dog while you shop. In addition to fresh produce, meats, eggs, you can find a few food trucks and locally made products like soaps, BBQ sauces, breads, coffee and more. Truth be told, all of our farmer's markets are sadly small compared to other cities. Especially as we live in the nation's breadbasket, but that makes it even more important to get out and support the ones that we do have!
Open on Saturdays, not too far away (by car).
Bakersfield Farm Market
3201 F St
Open on Saturdays, not too far away (by car).
Open (I think) on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.
Brimhall Farmers Market
9500 Brimhall Rd
Open (I think) on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.
Ice cream is a big thing in Bakersfield. When you live on the surface of the sun, any way to stay cool becomes super important. Awesome Sundaes and treats. They also have a small savory food menu. Some people swear by the crab salad sandwich. We love Rosemary's and we love the family that owns it.
Rosemary's Family Creamery
2733 F St
Ice cream is a big thing in Bakersfield. When you live on the surface of the sun, any way to stay cool becomes super important. Awesome Sundaes and treats. They also have a small savory food menu. Some people swear by the crab salad sandwich. We love Rosemary's and we love the family that owns it.
Classic Diner Style Breakfast (and lunch but that's secondary). There is usually a line but it moves fast and is worth it if you're craving that All-American Breakfast place. Be sure to ask about the specials, usually printed on a smaller piece of paper, it's where the cooks step out from under eggs and bacon tyranny. A must try? The pumpkin pancakes. Yes, please! The pancakes have been featured on national television. The fried trout (yes for breakfast) is also very popular.
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24th Street Cafe
1415 24th St
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Classic Diner Style Breakfast (and lunch but that's secondary). There is usually a line but it moves fast and is worth it if you're craving that All-American Breakfast place. Be sure to ask about the specials, usually printed on a smaller piece of paper, it's where the cooks step out from under eggs and bacon tyranny. A must try? The pumpkin pancakes. Yes, please! The pancakes have been featured on national television. The fried trout (yes for breakfast) is also very popular.
Open for breakfast and lunch only. Seven days a week. Great dog-friendly outdoor patio (enter through the backside of the building).
Village Grill
2805 F St
Open for breakfast and lunch only. Seven days a week. Great dog-friendly outdoor patio (enter through the backside of the building).
You must go here. Really. Delicious coffee drinks. Great chai tea. Cute as a button place. Perfect Instagram worthy shots. Eclectic menu featuring things like pastries, vegan burritos, middle eastern specials, sandwiches, and more. Free Wi Fi
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Cafe Smitten
909 18th St
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You must go here. Really. Delicious coffee drinks. Great chai tea. Cute as a button place. Perfect Instagram worthy shots. Eclectic menu featuring things like pastries, vegan burritos, middle eastern specials, sandwiches, and more. Free Wi Fi
An indoor outdoor market featuring local produce and hand made goods. Open very sporadic hours, mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also have a hot food counter open sometimes where they make treats like Thai style vegan French Fries. Just try the fries, trust me!
The Hens Roost
1916 G St
An indoor outdoor market featuring local produce and hand made goods. Open very sporadic hours, mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also have a hot food counter open sometimes where they make treats like Thai style vegan French Fries. Just try the fries, trust me!
The owner, Heather, is a friend. Tell her Jennifer and Jeramy sent you. Great food, and she is in the process of updating the interior to match her vision. Given time this will be a can't miss restaurant. Right now it's a great lunch stop and you should definitely try it. Especially if you enjoy fresh and local food!
Locale
1723 18th St
The owner, Heather, is a friend. Tell her Jennifer and Jeramy sent you. Great food, and she is in the process of updating the interior to match her vision. Given time this will be a can't miss restaurant. Right now it's a great lunch stop and you should definitely try it. Especially if you enjoy fresh and local food!
The best sushi that is close to the house. Don't go to the other downtown sushi restaurants. This one is good.
JIN Sushi
1600 19th St
The best sushi that is close to the house. Don't go to the other downtown sushi restaurants. This one is good.
Japanese/Korean specialties. Teppanyaki, Sushi, and More. The owner Randy is a great friend. Tell him Jeramy and Jennifer sent you.
Kan Pai
9500 Brimhall Rd
Japanese/Korean specialties. Teppanyaki, Sushi, and More. The owner Randy is a great friend. Tell him Jeramy and Jennifer sent you.
Inventive sushi.
Sushi Moon
1120 Calloway Dr
Inventive sushi.
Great Thai food, not the best location or decor. But the food is really solid and worth a visit.
Jasmine And The New Taste
1823 Chester Ave
Great Thai food, not the best location or decor. But the food is really solid and worth a visit.
Noodles of all types. Plus they have great mixed drinks. Interior design is not the greatest.
Chef's Choice Noodle Bar
1534 19th St
Noodles of all types. Plus they have great mixed drinks. Interior design is not the greatest.
Strange location next to a home depot, but guess what? The pizza is great! Plus they have a full bar! AND they make interesting food that you really shouldn't eat more than a few times a year but when you do it's soooo good. I'm talking stuff like Baked Mac and Cheese with garlic cream sauce, Pickle Chips, and Garlic Bombs (bread nuggets).
Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar
4105 Ming Ave
Strange location next to a home depot, but guess what? The pizza is great! Plus they have a full bar! AND they make interesting food that you really shouldn't eat more than a few times a year but when you do it's soooo good. I'm talking stuff like Baked Mac and Cheese with garlic cream sauce, Pickle Chips, and Garlic Bombs (bread nuggets).
It's In-N-Out. If you don't know. Just go. Hamburgers. Fries. Milkshakes.
In-N-Out Burger
5100 Stockdale Hwy
It's In-N-Out. If you don't know. Just go. Hamburgers. Fries. Milkshakes.
Do you want to have pizza delivered? Call Cataldo's. 661-397-5000
Cataldo's Pizzeria
2500 New Stine Rd
Do you want to have pizza delivered? Call Cataldo's. 661-397-5000
Drinks & Nightlife
Tacos, Beer. Yes. Featured on The Food Network.
Muertos Kitchen & Lounge
1514 Wall St
Tacos, Beer. Yes. Featured on The Food Network.
Restaurant by day, rockin' bar at night. Often has live music
Sandrini's Public House
1918 Eye St
Restaurant by day, rockin' bar at night. Often has live music
Sort of a local's long standing forever here kinda bar. Not for everyone. Can be a bit rough and tumble at times. Stiff drinks for cheap.
Guthrie's Alley Cat
1525 Wall St
Sort of a local's long standing forever here kinda bar. Not for everyone. Can be a bit rough and tumble at times. Stiff drinks for cheap.
The Padre has several options, nightclub downstairs, a bar on the upstairs patio PRARIE FIRE, a downstairs casual bar/restaurant BRIMSTONE, a lounge that often features acts like Dueling Pianos PROSPECT, a formal dining restaurant with a California menu BELVEDERE, and a coffee shop/cafe that's open fairly late PHARMACY. Full disclosure: Jeramy is the food and beverage manager here. Be sure to ask your server about some of the history of the place. And if you play a game of pool, look up for a portrait of one of the hotel's iconic characters.
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The Padre Hotel
1702 18th St
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The Padre has several options, nightclub downstairs, a bar on the upstairs patio PRARIE FIRE, a downstairs casual bar/restaurant BRIMSTONE, a lounge that often features acts like Dueling Pianos PROSPECT, a formal dining restaurant with a California menu BELVEDERE, and a coffee shop/cafe that's open fairly late PHARMACY. Full disclosure: Jeramy is the food and beverage manager here. Be sure to ask your server about some of the history of the place. And if you play a game of pool, look up for a portrait of one of the hotel's iconic characters.
Check what's showing. Comedy shows, concerts, and sometimes classic or arthouse movies.
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Fox Theater
2001 H St
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Check what's showing. Comedy shows, concerts, and sometimes classic or arthouse movies.
You may be in California, but you've landed in Nashville West. Country music is a big unavoidable deal here. If you are a fan of Buck Owens, this is the place to go.
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Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
2800 Buck Owens Boulevard
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You may be in California, but you've landed in Nashville West. Country music is a big unavoidable deal here. If you are a fan of Buck Owens, this is the place to go.
Classic old school cocktails made right with a focus on bourbons and whiskeys. So delicious. Try the Spanish Coffee, The Old Fashioned (duh), The Kentucky Mule, actually try them all! Just maybe not all in one night. ;-)
The Old Fashioned Social Drinkery
3621 California Ave
Classic old school cocktails made right with a focus on bourbons and whiskeys. So delicious. Try the Spanish Coffee, The Old Fashioned (duh), The Kentucky Mule, actually try them all! Just maybe not all in one night. ;-)
Sofas to lounge on or a bar stool to sit on. Have a Moscow Mule. They use fresh ginger (most of the time), and it makes a difference. The lighting isn't great, but the copper ceiling is beautiful.
Crash Lounge
1810 Eye St
Sofas to lounge on or a bar stool to sit on. Have a Moscow Mule. They use fresh ginger (most of the time), and it makes a difference. The lighting isn't great, but the copper ceiling is beautiful.
WE LOVE TIKI KO! Do you like Tiki? Do you even know Tiki? Either way, go check this slightly hidden gem out. If you meet Roy the owner, tell him Jennifer and Jeramy sent you. Fav drink? The Saturn or whatever is on special that week (check the chalkboard).
Tiki-Ko
1919 K St
WE LOVE TIKI KO! Do you like Tiki? Do you even know Tiki? Either way, go check this slightly hidden gem out. If you meet Roy the owner, tell him Jennifer and Jeramy sent you. Fav drink? The Saturn or whatever is on special that week (check the chalkboard).
Everything Else
Museum and village of historic homes open to tour, fascinating historical park.
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Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Avenue
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Museum and village of historic homes open to tour, fascinating historical park.
Arts & Culture
It's pretty awesome that Bakersfield even has an art museum. It's often showcasing world renowned artists. Beautiful space indoors and out. Be sure to check out the sculpture garden and its pathways.
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Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R St
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It's pretty awesome that Bakersfield even has an art museum. It's often showcasing world renowned artists. Beautiful space indoors and out. Be sure to check out the sculpture garden and its pathways.
Historic Basque restaurant and hotel. There are a million basque restaurants in Bakersfield. Okay, not a million, but a lot. This one will give you an authentic sheepherder's dinner experience. You must make reservations. Prices and seating times are set. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, are all served in a communal dining hall. So, I hope you like meeting people. Drinks are served before meals in the bar. Try a Picon Punch if you dare. Winner of a James Beard Award for culinary cultural contribution to a community. Featured in too many articles, and tv shows to mention.
Noriega's
525 Sumner St
Historic Basque restaurant and hotel. There are a million basque restaurants in Bakersfield. Okay, not a million, but a lot. This one will give you an authentic sheepherder's dinner experience. You must make reservations. Prices and seating times are set. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, are all served in a communal dining hall. So, I hope you like meeting people. Drinks are served before meals in the bar. Try a Picon Punch if you dare. Winner of a James Beard Award for culinary cultural contribution to a community. Featured in too many articles, and tv shows to mention.
Local productions of well known shows
Stars Theatre Restaurant
1931 Chester Avenue
Local productions of well known shows
Essentials
A little further than Albertsons, but with a little better selection. Starbucks inside, if you need caffeine while you grocery shop.
Vons
5700 Stockdale Hwy
A little further than Albertsons, but with a little better selection. Starbucks inside, if you need caffeine while you grocery shop.
Closest in proximity to the house. Poor selection of natural/organic brands but decent produce, seafood counter, bakery and all the basics. My partner likes to get chicken from the deli counter (I'm vegetarian, so that's a hard pass from me).
Albertsons
1520 Brundage Ln
Closest in proximity to the house. Poor selection of natural/organic brands but decent produce, seafood counter, bakery and all the basics. My partner likes to get chicken from the deli counter (I'm vegetarian, so that's a hard pass from me).
Favorite store to shop for food, but it's a bit pricey. If you're okay with Whole Foods pricing you won't mind. Salad bar, hot food bar, smoothie bar, sushi bar, vegan sandwiches, meat eaters sandwiches too. Sadly closed on Sundays.
Lassen's Natural Foods and Vitamins
4308 California Ave
Favorite store to shop for food, but it's a bit pricey. If you're okay with Whole Foods pricing you won't mind. Salad bar, hot food bar, smoothie bar, sushi bar, vegan sandwiches, meat eaters sandwiches too. Sadly closed on Sundays.
It's a bit of a drive, but when you're craving cookie butter, it's totally worth it.
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Trader Joe's
8200 Stockdale Hwy
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It's a bit of a drive, but when you're craving cookie butter, it's totally worth it.
Kleenerz
2219 Brundage Ln
Awesome Juice Bar with a small vegan grocery store attached. Across from the Fox Theater, very near to Lululemon, and Inner Bodyworks Yoga studio. Around the corner from Dagney's if you still need coffee after your fresh juice.
Nature's Food Market and Juice Bar
2000 H St
Awesome Juice Bar with a small vegan grocery store attached. Across from the Fox Theater, very near to Lululemon, and Inner Bodyworks Yoga studio. Around the corner from Dagney's if you still need coffee after your fresh juice.
Shopping
House of Talula
1900 19th St
Amazing locally made jewelry, art, and more. Great place to pick up something "from Bakersfield" Open sporadic hours, call ahead.
WIRE + PEARL
1911 17th St
Amazing locally made jewelry, art, and more. Great place to pick up something "from Bakersfield" Open sporadic hours, call ahead.
Interesting variety of high and low end on trend pieces.
Bleu Lavender
1201 24th St
Interesting variety of high and low end on trend pieces.
Located inside our behemoth, slightly outdated, mall, is a gleaming beacon of tech. We're an apple family, and when traveling I think it's good to know where extra chargers, and usb cords are plentiful and for sale.
Apple Valley Plaza
2701 Ming Ave
Located inside our behemoth, slightly outdated, mall, is a gleaming beacon of tech. We're an apple family, and when traveling I think it's good to know where extra chargers, and usb cords are plentiful and for sale.
OKAY this place has a secret. I'm going to let you in on it, don't worry! Go inside wander around check out the antiques, but look for one of many semi hidden staircases that lead down to the basement. Then just explore. Things you may or may not see: A replica 1930's movie theater. A giant wolf man hiding somewhere. Awesome vintage clothes. A mining tunnel or just an elevator??? And... a tunnel from back when it was part of a secret network of an underground China town. I'm not making any of this up.
Merry Go Round Antique Mall
1407 19th St
OKAY this place has a secret. I'm going to let you in on it, don't worry! Go inside wander around check out the antiques, but look for one of many semi hidden staircases that lead down to the basement. Then just explore. Things you may or may not see: A replica 1930's movie theater. A giant wolf man hiding somewhere. Awesome vintage clothes. A mining tunnel or just an elevator??? And... a tunnel from back when it was part of a secret network of an underground China town. I'm not making any of this up.
This is no longer on H street. It's now located on 18th near Sequoia sandwich shop. High end on trend women's clothing and gifts for the home. Love the sisters who own this place. Great people, great shopping.
Fashionista
2007 H St
This is no longer on H street. It's now located on 18th near Sequoia sandwich shop. High end on trend women's clothing and gifts for the home. Love the sisters who own this place. Great people, great shopping.
Because men need nice things too. Casual looks for the stylish gent.
Blue Stag
1901 20th St
Because men need nice things too. Casual looks for the stylish gent.
Need a men's suit while you're visiting Bakersfield? Go here.
H Walker Clothing Co
1700 K St
Need a men's suit while you're visiting Bakersfield? Go here.
Go to our outdoor mall for things like Williams Sonoma, White House/Black Market, Ulta Beauty, local and chain restaurants abound.
The Marketplace
9000 Ming Ave
Go to our outdoor mall for things like Williams Sonoma, White House/Black Market, Ulta Beauty, local and chain restaurants abound.
It's a bit of a drive so only go if you love outlet shopping. Personally I go here only for the Pottery Barn outlet one of only a few in the nation. Otherwise ... meh.
Outlets at Tejon Parkway
It's a bit of a drive so only go if you love outlet shopping. Personally I go here only for the Pottery Barn outlet one of only a few in the nation. Otherwise ... meh.
Sightseeing
It's a bar. It's a honky-tonk. It's part of what makes Bakersfield famous in the country music scene. If you're seeking the Bakersfield Sound and experience, it's a must stop.
Trout's Nightclub, Inc
805 North Chester Avenue
It's a bar. It's a honky-tonk. It's part of what makes Bakersfield famous in the country music scene. If you're seeking the Bakersfield Sound and experience, it's a must stop.