Stop by The Arizona, it’s well worth it

Logan King, Reporter

On any Sunday Bakersfield has a lot to offer. My preferred way to spend a Sunday morning is to go out for a meal. Breakfast is a meal I take quite seriously. Thus, I chose an old town Kern establishment, The Arizona Cafe.

Located at 809 Baker Street since the 1970s, The Arizona has been serving Bakersfield since 1953. Nearby are other Bakersfield institutions like Woolgrowers, Noriega’s, and Pyrenees Bakery (all of which are worth a visit themselves).

The breakfast at The Arizona is known to be outstanding. Therefore, many patrons arrive early for fast seating. Usually around 8 a.m. However, if one can hold back their hunger, then 10am-11am is the best time to go. I arrived at 10:30 and was seated immediately.

The Arizona Cafe is famous for their Chile Verde sauce, which comes served with nearly every plate. I ordered the chilaquiles ($8) and the machaca ($9), both served with eggs, rice, beans, chile verde sauce, and tortillas. Both plates paired well with either coffee, a Modelo, or a house made michelada.

The chilaquiles were excellent and the sauces melded well. The crispy corn tortilla chips held up to the sauce and over easy eggs. Do not be fooled by the price, this dish is decadent.

The machaca was also delicious yet it does rely on the chile verde sauce to bring it all together. Shredded beef and egg with sautéed onions and peppers absorbed the chile verde sauce. When placed in a corn tortilla it made for an excellent breakfast taco.

The environment in the restaurant is eclectic in decoration and patronage. The walls are adorned with family photos, vintage beer signs, and large landscape paintings. A Formica topped diner-style

bar runs from end to end.

The Arizona attracts patrons from across Bakersfield. However, the feeling one gets is inextricably east side Bakersfield.

Logan King
Chilaquiles and Machaca from Arizona Café located at 809 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA.


The Arizona Cafe is a must stop destination for those who enjoy an authentically Bakersfield experience. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The feeling of the place is warm and familiar.

I highly recommend a visit on your next lazy Sunday morning.