Over-the-Rhine has become a whirlwind of activity recently. This in and of itself is not news, but it seems that just about every other month, something new has opened up in this historic landmark of a neighborhood. Bakersfield is one of the more recent additions to the quickly expanding restaurant district in Over-the-Rhine, having opened just after the New Year right next to Lavomatic on Vine Street.
I had heard a lot about Bakersfield before I was given the assignment to review it, but my expectations were tepid to say the least. Word on the street was that the food was good, but the dreaded “you pay for the atmosphere” review worried me. While I was excited to try it out, I wondered if a guy like me, who is hamstrung in his food choices by a pretty tight budget, would be able to enjoy the restaurant to the fullest. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
|Bakersfield in Over-the-Rhine (Photo: J Shifman)|
|The menu at Bakersfield (Photo: Rachel Rothstein)|
|Whoops, got a little excited about those tortas (Photo: J Shifman)|