Some of the best food in Bakersfield is found at “The Blue Elephant, Finest Authentic Thai Cuisine,” located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy, Suite M-1. Their food delights new customers,and old customers alike. You can order online for pick up at http://www.blue-elephant.net or call order to go at (661) 833-8190.
Located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite M-1, Bakersfield CA 93311. (661) 833-8190
- The aroma of Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken, Garlic Fried Rice fills the air.
Mango Sticky Rice is a Succulent Summer Delight
Steve and Birdie Del Papa enjoy Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Basil. A glass of Merlot wine and Mango Sticky Rice for Dessert topped the evening meal.
Great wine, food and atmosphere.
Another fine Thai Restaurant is The Orchid Thai Restaurant. Located at 5550 California Avenue, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309. They have been in this new location for just over one year. Their specialties include Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Seafood Inferno. Orders can be placed online at: http://www.orchidfusioncuisine.com.
New location is 5550 California Ave, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 864-7979
Chicken Pad Thai is a favorite at most Thai Restaurants. Pad Thai consists of glass noodles, seasoned with delicate herbs and delicious peanut sauce.
Chicken Pad Thai
Famous for their decadent desserts, Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at The Thai Orchid.
Red Velvet Cake
Last but not least is The Thai Kitchen located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312
Thai Kitchen serves authentic Thai cuisine. Located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312
Steamed Veggies and Tofu
Carlos A. Hernandez enjoys his favorite Chicken Pad Thai.
The restaurant is open for Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
A great selection of red or white wine is available.
I must admit that I have not tried every restaurant in Bakersfield, and as a man who is not too picky about local restaurants and has a since of adventure when it comes to food, I feel that I have tried my fair share. However, I do believe that I have taken a bite out of what is the best down home eateries that Bakersfield has to offer. Here are my bites of true Bakersfield.
- Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Home of the great singer songwriter the Crystal Palace is a museum, night club, and restaurant all rolled into one. Carrying fond memories of the late superstar that bares the buildings name, it serves some of the best Southern style cuisine this side of the Rio Grande. A personal favorite of mine is Buck’s chicken fried steak. The Crystal Palace shares the same belief that my grandfather always said at the dinner table, “if you leave here hungry it’s your own damn fault.” Believe me, if you came to the Crystal Palace hungry for great food, good music, or for the history of a country music legend that put Bakersfield on the map you won’t leave there disappointed.
- Lengthwise Brewing Company. Opening their first establishment in 1998 and now opening their third restaurant here in Bakersfield. The Bakersfield brew-masters come in a solid second for being an outstanding icon of the city. As if brewing 6 different delicious beers like Lengthwiser Golden Ale, Triple Hop Red Ale, and Centennial Ale weren’t enough, the brewery also makes seasonal brews as well like Oktoberfest, Kern County Porter, and coming soon Kern County Crude Scottish Ale. For any of the brew it yourself fans out there these beverages would satisfy their local itch for iconic Bakersfield but Lengthwise also serves a wide variety of delicious food as well, like their Golden Ale chicken strips, goat cheese stinky fries, and their always popular deep fried Twinkies. I hope Lengthwise’s fame keeps growing all over California because we need more breweries like them.
- Famous Dave’s. Now I know what you’re thinking, there are so many other local restaurants out there that could have done a better job picking the number three spot. However, from my personal experience, I say that Famous Dave’s has worked its way into my heart (hopefully my insurance covers it). What made Famous Dave’s earn it’s place in the Bakersfield top three, was their dedication to the idea of setting down to a southern family dinner. I have sat down to eat at Dave’s with people from all across America, even the pickiest eater had no problem with the delectable vittles Dave’s had to offer. From pulled pork on toast, to sweet corn bread, to a variety of different sauces ranging from big and rich to devils spit. All the while you can’t shake the feeling like you are having your dinner at a family reunion. Its hard not to love the home decor and the paper towel racks stocked to the brim for the undoubtedly messy and fun experience that you will ever get served on a trashcan lid.
- Fishlips Bar and Grill. An honorable mention goes to one of our fallen heroes in the gastric and nightlife community here in Bakersfield.Fishlips Bar and Grill was a restaurant that was full of life and great food. A place where you could have a cocktail or a meal named after a famous musician (the Eric Clapton burger was a personal favorite of mine). Local bands would come in and perform cover songs from the greats like Jimmy Hendrix or The Doors and its patrons could lose themselves for an few hours in the sensational music, food, and every type of martini known to man. Sadly Fish lips could not withstand the tragedy of the last 10 years but I hope that all of you reading this have as fond of memories of that great tavern as I do.
That’s it folks, the show is over. If you feel that I am off my mark or that I have missed a deep fried treasure hidden within the valley of Bakersfield and you would like to show me the way.Feel free to reply with a suggestion and if your addition bumps off a raining champion, then it would be a pleasure to literally eat my words.
A night out at the club is a great opportunity for young people to socialize and meet new friends.Captions provided by destinationcw.org.
In a quest for finding entertainment in Bakersfield, much effort isn’t involved. Fun can be found in a variety of platforms, in different shapes and forms. As part of a young generation, one of the things I enjoy doing the most is going to nightclubs. There is a variety of nightclubs where to go to if you are looking forward dancing the night away.
One of my favorite places to go to is El Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, which is actually a restaurant during the day. On the weekends, it turns into a place of flashy lights and loud music; music of different genres that vary from hip-hop to even soft Spanish rock. El Que Pasa Mexican Cafe is definitely my first choice when it comes to going out with friends. They actually play both Spanish and English music, where you can party like a rock star!
This club is the ideal place to go if you want to socialize with friends and meet new people of similar as well as of different interests. Its friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place to dance to the contagious popular hits featured, or simply relax by enjoying of the drink specials served throughout the night. Best part of it is that the cover charge is on them. Yes, that’s what I just said. The entrance is free!
The club is located at 2701 Ming Ave. in Bakersfield’s mall, Valley Plaza. If location is a problem, it would be a great idea to look for more nightclub options around Bakersfield by visiting, http://www.bakersfieldnightout.com/bars/nightclubs
But if you are especially interested in knowing what a night is like at Que Pasa, check out this video,
“Kreative Allusions,” by John Kirkeby-photo by Wanda Winkler
Bakersfield Culture Sizzles as The Empty Space Art Gallery/Theatre Celebrates Ten Years The Empty Space theatre and art gallery, located at 706 Oak St., is a cultural icon in Bakersfield. It is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with an exhibit from John Kirkeby called, “Kreative Allusions” and a play called, “Crimes of the Heart,” written by Beth Henley and directed by Bob Kempf. Gallery director, Jesus Fidel, 30, prides the theatre/gallery as beng, “the only totally nonprofit, donation based theatre/gallery in the U.S. run by 20 volunteers 365 days a year,” said Fidel. Each month a different artist is featured in the art gallery and a different play is presented to the public. The plays are usually locally written or off-Broadway shows, with suggested donations of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors per theatre show. Visiting the gallery exhibit is free and delicious snacks, coffee and wine is available. While the artist reception hours are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends, the plays take place in the evenings on weekends. For a schedule of this month’s showings and future events go to www.esonline.org. John Kirkeby, retired from Xerox ten years ago, now has more time to be creative. He is celebrating his second showing at The Empty Space. “I really like the casual atmosphere at this gallery. For my first exhibit I was really nervous and brought 41 paintings and sold only a few. This year I have 21 paintings and they are selling very well,” said Kirkeby. He also has many prints of his artwork to choose from for sale at the gallery. If you are artistic and would like to exhibit your work to the public you can contact Michelle Guerrero, 35, the marketing director at (661) 327-7529. Both Guerrero and Fidel have been with The Empty Space for three years and are always available to answer any questions. If you love art you can also go to the Bakersfield Museum of Art website, www.bmoa.org for more information on Bakersfield’s hidden art treasures.