Inspired by the honky tonk culture that arose in Bakersfield, Caif.. in the 1950s, this upscale diner, located in a renovated fire station, offers a taste of classic American and Tex-Mex cuisines. Chicken-fried steak and catfish share menu space with empanadas and several varieties of chili.
Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
This bakery makes more than elegantly sinful, richly sinful and just-plain-old sinful desserts. It offers desserts to fit a variety of diets including sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. If sweets aren’t your thing, try the savory scones, quiches, and frittatas.
Food Network fans will recognize this natural and organic bakery from the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate, where their flourless chocolate cake was featured. Other sugar buzz-inducing goodies include cookies, pastries, and cupcakes.
The latest addition to the O’Shea’s family of Irish-inspired pubs serves traditional favorites like fish and chips, pommes frites, and burgers. They also have Neopolitan-style pizzas and a good beer selection. This pub has become a favorite of the downtown arena crowd.