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 macciato ($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.
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.