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.
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.
Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
This small restaurant offers Filipino cuisine that borrows flavors from Spanish and Asian cultures. The menu includes rice and noodle dishes, curries and tacos. Lunch and dinner specials vary weekly, and a buffet is served on Friday nights.