Kern Sol asked city leaders, entrepreneurs, and various residents what their favorite restaurants and health and wellness spots were. The consideration in the recommendations is a refreshing reminder of all the things to love about Kern County.
“It’s an honor to highlight El Puesto — a locally-grown restaurant with humble beginnings. Congratulations to owner Christian and his family for refining an exquisite experience for all ages to enjoy right here in Southeast Bakersfield.” – Councilmember Eric Arias
“Barrington’s Jamaican Kitchen is one of my favorite eateries in Bakersfield and Kern County. In some ways, Barrington’s is still a hidden gem in Bakersfield. But for folks who know Jamaican food, it’s hands down one of the best Jamaican food establishments in California, just ask Yelp. My favorite dishes are the curry chicken and curry goat. But Barrington’s offers much more like their ox tail, brown stew chicken, and jerk chicken. Definitely give this small business a shot. It won’t disappoint.” – Neel Sannappa
“My favorite place to eat is Viceroy Indian Cuisine & Bar. My favorite health and wellness spot is Rush Cycle- they are amazing.” – Andreana Peterson
“I love Sanchos Tacos. It’s a place where you can take all your friends. If your friend is vegan or vegetarian, there are great options for them. It’s also a family-friendly place. The atmosphere is OG-centric. Very homie/Latin inspired. There is a painting of Salvador Dalí on the back of the bathroom door. Great place for a cervesa, too.” – Belinda Lopez Rickett
“My favorite restaurant is this small vegan place called Vida Vegan. My favorite wellness sport is pole finesse in which I take classes at Lioness Pole Den, and it’s my favorite because it’s fun and comfortable to do it- feels more like a hobby than a workout.” – Alyssa Frazier
“El puesto cocina y cantina is my favorite restaurant. The atmosphere here is amazing. I can have some delicious food, a cute drink and get some cute pictures for the gram with all my friends! My favorite is the chicken flatas! The way they melt in your mouth and have just enough kick from the salsa is to die for! Definitely highly recommend.” – Ashley Amber