Food & Drink in Shafter

50% Off Comfort Food at Ethel's Old Corral

Bakersfield

$20 $10

26-foot statue greets customers enjoying bar food on a 10-acre plot; live music on weekends

Half Off Mexican Cuisine and Drinks at Mauricio's Grill and Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Grilled chicken or vegetarian burritos, pork chili verde, and sautéed chipotle shrimp served inside brightly colored bar and grill

45% Off Drinks at Sports & Spirits

Amberton

$20 $11

Beer and cocktails served in a festive sports bar with flat screen televisions darts, billiards, and live music

50% Off at Cafe India

Bakersfield

$30 $15

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Spice-laden curries, garlic-strewn naan, and savory dishes delight tastebuds at dinner or lunch buffet

50% Off Diner Food at Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe

Bakersfield

$15 $7.50

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Generous portions of pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, and steaks; antiques and knickknacks adorn rustic wooden walls

52% Off at The Cookie Jar

Downtown Bakersfield

$25 $12

Nibble on a decorated cookie in the shape of a frog, or old-fashioned cookies in flavors such as chocolate-chip macadamia and snickerdoodle

50% Off Steak and New American Food at The Bistro

Bakersfield

$50 $25

Seated in the casual bar or more upscale dining room, guests enjoy American bistro classics, including seafood and steak

30% Off at Steak & Grape Restaurant

Fruitvale

$50 $35

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Carefully curated wine selection complements choice steaks, handmade burgers, and fresh seafood in rustic steak house

Valley Comedy Presents "Funny Thursdays" – Up to 53% Off Standup

Shamrock's Irish Pub

$15 $7

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Headlining comics Dave DeLuca, Jennifer Murphy, and Tobe Hixx perform in a venue with a full-service bar

Rally's – Half Off Burgers and American Food

Multiple Locations

$7 $3.50

Drive-thru joint grills up burgers and chicken sandwiches, complemented by fries and shakes

Up to Half Off Mexican Cuisine at Mikey V's

Tulare

$20 $11

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Owner Mike Vejar often helms the grill at this cozy and casual Mexican spot, serving up carne asada, chicken fajitas, and shrimp tacos

Up to 50% Off Japanese Cuisine at Asian Grill

Tulare

$20 $11.99

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Ramen noodles, udon soup, and teriyaki beef populate a massive menu that also features more than 20 specialty maki rolls

45% Off Comfort Food at Tehachapi's Original Apple Shed

Tehachapi's Original Apple Shed

$20 $11

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Gift shop and eatery serves comfort food, such as the Taba sandwich, homemade soups, and teriyaki, barbecue, and hot wings

Up to 50%Off at Hole in The Wall Pizza

Exeter

$40 $20

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Award-winning pizza, hot sandwiches, and calzones grace patrons' plates

48% Off New Orleans–Inspired Cuisine at Crawdaddy's

Central Visalia

$40 $21

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Fresh seafood and steak, bayou butter prawns, and Louisiana sausages create a New Orleans vibe with music, dancing, and a lively crowd

45% Off at Strings Italian Cafe

Visalia

$20 $11

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Classic Italian pastas, pizzas, and seafood served alongside more-innovative creations

Half Off California-Inspired Cuisine at Cafe California

Visalia

$40 $20

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Regional cuisine fills a breakfast buffet, lunchtime sandwiches, and steak and fish entrees at dinner

45% Off Contemporary Cuisine at Cafe 225

Downtown Visalia

$20 $11

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Braised pork shoulder finished with apple cider gastric, grilled lamb sirloin, and grilled salmon pair with wine and artisanal beer.

Up to Half Off at Zen Asian Diner

Visalia

$20 $11

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Dozens of pan-Asian entrees are on the menu here, including mongolian beef, peking spareribs, chop suey, and more; try it with Thai iced tea

Half Off Casual American Cuisine at Mahoganys

Visalia

$24 $12

Casual American eats located in Holiday Inn Visalia

Up to 50% Off Middle Eastern Food at Amir's Kabob

Visalia

$20 $11

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A serving of creamy hummus or baba ghanouj can be a good way to kick off a meal, and makes for great dipping with some pita or falafel

Up to 50% Off Lunch or Dinner at The Lunch Box

Downtown Visalia

$21 $12

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The menu is home to familiar sandwiches and wraps, and comfort-food dishes such as beef stroganoff and hearty chicken pot pie

45% Off Italian Food at Angolo Italiano

Kingsburg

$20 $11

Classic Italian cuisine including pasta and pizza, as well as entrees with traditional sauces such as marsala and picata

Half Off Wine-Tasting for Two or Four

Orcutt

$20 $10

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Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

Half Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Solvang-Santa Ynez

$48 $24

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Located in Los Olivos, Beckmen Vineyards' tasting room offers a quaint getaway with opportunity to picnic at gazebos near the duck pond

45% Off at Jocy's Mexican Restaurant

Fowler

$20 $11

Flavorful Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, chilies rellenos, tacos, burritos, or tamales

Up to 50% Off at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Lower State

$38 $19

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Local and international cabernet, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc wash down sausage piperade flatbread or mussels steamed in white wine

43% Off House Margaritas and Snacks at Baja Sharkeez

Santa Barbara

$24.49 $14

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Baja-style Mexican appetizers such as shrimp ceviche or mini chicken tacos pair with hand-shaken margaritas that can be infused with fruit

Half Off American Breakfast and Lunch Cuisine at Restaurant Open

Santa Barbara

$20 $10

Daily specials sourced from local markets include honey-battered corn dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, and meatball subs

Up to 51% Off Seafood at Killer Shrimp

Santa Barbara

$50 $25

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Diners sup fresh seafood and sip top-shelf beer and cocktails

50% Off Mexican Food at Rose Café on the Mesa

Alta Mesa

$30 $15

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Housemade chorizo from a family recipe spices up chilaquiles, quesadillas, and huevos rancheros served all day

Up to 51% Off Winetastings from Passport Central Coast

Multiple Locations

$39 $19

A passport lets you explore 12 different central-coast wineries and enjoy tastings at each

40% Off Baked Goods

Castaic

$10 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Spanish Basque Cuisine

San Miguel

$60 $30

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Chef Dallas Holt showcases tapas and Spanish-Basque-style cuisine such as chicken and sausage paella in ever-changing prix fixe dinner menu

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

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Tasters can imbibe half-ounce samples of the seven wines and pair them with cheese

$5 for Microbrews at Pismo Brewing Company

Pismo Beach

$10 $5

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Beer craftsmen slake thirst with rotating selection of six microbrews that include Pismo pale ale & Roadster red ale

Up to 74% Off Tastings at Agua Dulce Winery

Agua Dulce

$74 $19

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Tour a wine cellar containing 2,300 oak barrels filled with reserve wines from the renown estate and sample two straight from the barrel

Up to 56% Off VIP Winery Package with Tasting for Two

Lancaster

$80 $40

Savor locally-crafted rich reds, dry and fruity whites, and sweet sparkling wines during a private tasting

Select Local Merchants

Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.

300 E Lerdo Hwy
Shafter,
CA
US

Stephanie Caughell forged her career without compromise. Growing up, she wanted to be both an artist and a chef, so she followed her passions to pastry school, then to the kitchens of renowned dessert masters. Incorporating tips from celebrity chefs such as Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, Stephanie creates eye-catching cakes and cupcakes from scratch for her shop, Gimme Some Sugar.

Stephanie preps sweet treats for any occasion—whether it's a walk-in cupcake craving or a large wedding. Her versatility is reflected in each cake's presentation: some are elegant towers with petals or ivy winding down the sides, whereas others are carved into fairytale castles, designer handbags, or even Homer Simpson. They come in flavors such as cinnamon swirl and confetti, and hide cream fillings within their decadent tiers and hidden sub-frosting crawlspaces.

2100 19th St
Bakersfield,
CA
US

For John Thompson, it all began with the desire to help people of all sizes and fitness levels live a healthier lifestyle. As a nationally certified personal trainer and fitness coach, John used his know-how to devise the high-intensity Ultimate 30-Minute Workout Experience, an effective, time-efficient workout that targets the whole body. Held 34 times a week, each group workout session combines cardio, weights, and abdominal exercises to boost sluggish metabolisms, tone muscles, and evict stress from tense bodies. To bolster the workout regimen, John and his fit-savvy crew craft custom nutrition programs, providing an easy-to-follow eating blueprint that helps clients establish healthy noshing habits and fit back into their high-school swim goggles.

7737 Meany Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US

From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.

9000 Ming Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Camille's menu is stocked with casual, healthy cuisine in coastal and Mediterranean flavors. Favorite tastes include apples-walnut tuna, carrots, olives and pepper jack cheese in an apple-walnut tuna salad ($6.99) and the freshly made café chicken salad with sunflower seeds ($6.99). Wraps, sandwiches, and paninis are served with fresh chips and salsa, and personal flatbread pizzas make a tasty 2D treat. Smoothies blended with real fruit and come in seven palate-pleasing combinations to satisfy the seven palates standard in humans.

3615 Coffee Rd
Bakersfield,
CA
US

A local institution for more than 40 years, Bakersfield Music Theatre pulls in patrons with a schedule of major Broadway musicals and other songful spectacles. Stop by on October 8 for a one-night-only performance of Direct from Vegas: Frank Sinatra, featuring Gary Corsello crooning un-remixed versions of Sinatra classics such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Come Fly With Me” to the orchestral accompaniment of five full-sized musicians. The hit musical Chicago (November 13, 14, and 20) follows the exploits of a pair of femme fatales driven to murder by the stiff breezes of the Windy City, while "This and That: A Night of Song and Dance" (February 26) combines the mouth-powered melodies of Bakersfield Music Theatre with the legendary leggery of the Civic Dance Center. Hairspray (April 30, May 1, and May 7) caps the season with the tuneful tale of a teenage dance queen whose fancy footwork and well-kempt coiffure help her to defeat her enemies, the Philadelphia Eagles.

1241 G Street
Bakersfield,
CA
US