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.
This small, largely carry-out seafood hub boasts a “greaseless” seasoned and breaded fish sandwich, topped with freshly made tartar sauce. Other menu choices include oysters, clams and scallops. All food is fresh and cooked-to-order.
Tucked alongside quaint shops and galleries, this deli offers homemade soups, bagels, muffins, espressos and lattes. Pumpernickel and spinach feta bagels are tasty, as are the unique cream cheese flavors. The smaller downtown location is ideal for a quick weekday breakfast or lunch.
Adventurous but accessible sushi dominates the menu at this hip Highlands eatery, but other Japanese dishes are available. Try the Dynamite, a blend of sticky sweet rice, chewy baked scallops, and mushrooms under a creamy, caramelized brown sauce.
This New York-style pizzeria serves up crispy pies with toppings including homemade Italian sausage and thinly sliced meatballs. Try the white pizza, where the tomato sauce is replaced with garlic-infused olive oil.