Family owned and operated since 1971, Caesar's Italian Delicatessen boasts a menu of classic sandwiches and sides and is famous for its pickled tongue, available by the pound ($11.49/lb) or in a handheld version ($5.95) bookended by bread and topped with lettuce and mild peppers. Enjoy namesake nourishment with the Caesar's Special ($5.75), pairing two kinds of salami with ham, mortadella, pepper cheese, lettuce, mild peppers, and sauce until it is fit for a ruler or any eater with a century-bridging hairstyle. For the strong-armed, the Deep-Pit Beef ($5.95) carries beef crowned with barbecue sauce or salsa, while the veggie sandwich ($5.50) combines avocado, tomato, lettuce, peppers, mayo, mustard, and provolone into a palate-pleasing product. Sides of marinated navy beans ($2.09/lb), a baked potato ($2.59/lb), and orzo pasta salad ($4.99/lb) play nice with main dishes despite secret ambitions of stardom. Feed a party of five or another television cast with a party platter ($15 for five servings) encompassing a tour of four meats and four cheeses with pit stops for olives, pickles, peppers, and bread.
Too Fat Sandwiches has been perfecting its recipes for more than 25 years, offering thick sandwiches in half, whole, and jumbo sizes on homemade, freshly baked bread. Cold sandwiches, such as the Too Fat Special ($6–$10), are stuffed with leaf lettuce, tomatoes, onions, wax peppers, and parmesan cheese and are sprinkled with an oil-and-vinegar dressing for a tastesperience as sensational as a traveling carnival that transforms adults into weeping babies. Too Fat can also stuff children with the kid's meal, which includes a sandwich, chips, cookie, drink, activity pack, and kid's cup ($5), a critical layer of defense for little leaguers. Or, try any of Too Fat's hot sandwiches, including the Killer Pastrami ($6–$10). On Thursdays, Too Fat's Tri Tip sandwich ($5.75–$10) is barbecued onsite and topped with salsa or barbecue sauce.
Helmed by Executive Chef Paul Hurd, Hourglass serves up diverse interpretations of classic American fare from a menu bursting with the flavors of fresh produce, premium chops, and seafood. Start your meal by ordering a round of cocktails or wine from the extensive list and a plate or two of twice-baked-potato eggrolls ($7). The Chinese chicken salad comes laden with romaine, cabbage, carrots, snow peas, wonton strips, and red-chili peanut vinaigrette ($12) for a light but satisfying lunch or dinner. For the main course, an irresistible combination of braised-beef short rib with Yukon mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and crispy onion straws ($21) fills you up like a cartoon cat hooked up to a bike pump. If you're not too stuffed, order up a slice of cheesecake or a waffle sundae ($7) for dessert.
Espresso Café slakes stomach suspirations with a menu stocked with sandwiches and salads, while also energizing customers with an assortment of espressos and tasty coffee drinks. Stop in to rev up before performing a root canal on yourself with a 16 oz. white mocha ($3.85), or annihilate hunger with a spicy ham panini, a flavor bomb of ham and provolone dressed with spicy southwest mayo and mouth-delivered on squaw bread ($6.97). Espresso Café sources its coffee beans from Top Dog Coffee Bar in Morro Bay, while its breads are baked into starchy existence at the Bakersfield location of Great Harvest Bread Company. Students from nearby Bakersfield College can pontificate on the fresh eats and drinks while using the café's free WiFi to research the history of presidential skateboarding.
Inspired by his mother's cooking, Fabious Worthy and his wife Elvira maintain a meaty menu of authentic Southern comfort food slathered with tangy barbecue sauce. A straight-up single-meat dinner lets you choose from 10 different meats that range from pork spare ribs to smoked tri-tip to cornbread-battered catfish ($11.25). The heartier Elvira combo treats dining duos and mismatched buddy cops to a taste tour of five different meats ($20.25). All dinners come with a roll and two sides, so pair baked beans with candied yams or test whether dirty rice sticks to ceiling fans better than macaroni salad. Time-crunched office escapees can zip in for Fabious' Corner Best BBQ’s lunch two-meat combo—a two-meat sandwich, 4-ounce side, and a 24-ounce drink ($8.99)—before hurrying back to put out that stapler fire. For dessert, adhere to tradition with a slice of red-velvet cake or try a contemporary twist with Coca-Cola and 7-Up cakes ($3.25 each).