Locals linger at the counters of Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe, chatting over steaming cups of coffee. Antiques and knickknacks speckle the wheat-hued wooden walls above booths and tables. Behind the counter, servers bustle, warmed by a griddle, and balance plates of omelets, burgers, and fried seafood. The dishes are all forged from recipes that might have been passed down through generations or discovered in extremely rough drafts of the Constitution.
A locally owned business, Dagny’s has been slinging rejuvenating cups of java to Bakersfield residents since the mid ‘90s. Stop in to fill up a fuel tank with a small espresso ($1.50) or macchiato ($2.50) while noshing on a fresh bagel ($1.50), scone ($2.25), or muffin ($2.25). Ponder the meaning of last night’s freakishly surrealist dreams with a crisp salad ($8.50) or hearty sandwich ($8.50). While visiting, kick back amid the laid-back ambience and enjoy the free WiFi access. Stick around to check out the regularly featured live music. Free of bawdy lumberjacks carelessly showing off their beard-growing skills, Dagny’s Coffee Company offers a friendly spot for soaking up good vibes and relaxing with friends.
Founded to stage bold new theatrical works, Spotlight Theatre presents classics, dramas, comedies, and musicals. The theater boasts high-caliber production quality, homegrown talent, and a suspended net of tapioca-filled balloons to be dropped on audience members that linger too long after the show. The 2010–2011 season (the theater's eleventh) features nine works, including adaptations of Hamlet, The Producers, and Dreamgirls. The Drowsy Chaperone offers the whimsical tale of a diehard musical-theater fan that plays his favorite cast album and then watches in awe as the music literally bursts into life. The Great American Trailer Park Musical tells the story of a ménage à trois involving Pippi (a stripper on the run) and a married couple living in a trailer park in Florida, with a special appearance by a chorus line of trained tap-dancing alligators during intermission.
Since 1992, Jerry’s has been sating appetite enthusiasts with tasty pizzas baked in a traditional stone oven using fresh ingredients from an Italian supply company. Jerry’s trademark white sauce pals around nicely with chicken and garlic, but is available to accompany any his pies on a romantic date to your stomach. Order up the Delicious Combination creation topped with pepperoni, salami, italian sausage, linguica, beef, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, and onions (12", $15.99), just one ingredient shy of being classified as illegally delicious, or sample the verdant vegetarian, laden with mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, onions, marinated artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes (12", $15.99), which, if planted in fertile soil, will sprout a forest of jalapeño-broccoli trees. For those who prefer not to dine on disks, Jerry’s offers up scrumptious burgers, such as the Rajun Cajun ($5) and the Monster burger ($5.75), which is sure to frighten away tough-guy hunger pangs. Come and relax to live music with a sudsy brew in hand, awash in the knowledge that Monday may very well mean leftovers.
Slinging customizable bowls of rib-stickin’ macaroni and cheese, Mac & Cheeza offers patrons the opportunity to craft a custom spin on homestyle fare. Swing by the welcoming confines and toss together one of 16 meat and veggie options with noodles and more to make tasty personalized concoctions. Like Goldilocks's nightmares, entrees come in four sizes, from baby mac ($5) to mac daddy ($30). Bowls can be customized with regular or rice noodles, as well as dairy or soy cheese bases.