Bakersfield -- gourmet cheese and coffee? Any?
I just moved here and haven't been able to find fresh mozzarella and fresh smoked mozzarella (I've only found the poly-o hard peel-able-type mozzarella. Any delis that sell things like that with grilled vegetables, etc?
Also, any coffee shop that has whole beans and grinds it up for you and weigh it?
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Luigi's Restaurant & Deli
725 E 19th St
Bakersfield, CA 93305
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Welcome to Bakersfield! You try Caesar's Deli at the corner of Brimhall and Calloway Drive. When I've bought their meats I didn't pay attention for the cheese. Luigi's is another good spot to try. Not sure about grommet coffee since I buy the whole bean Starbuck's at Costco. I know that World Market does have coffe and a grinder.
re: Bakersfield Hound
Caveat: I have not tried this place. It came up when I did a search for "coffee roasters in Bakersfield." If you try it, report back. (Or if anyone HAS been there and knows the place, I'd be interested in knowing what you thought.)
Brinks Delicatessen & Fine Wine
3803 Ming Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
First of all... welcome to Bakersfield. Whether you moved here reluctantly or willingly, you will find it is a great place to live and people are pretty down to earth, friendly, giving and helpful.
I agree that Luigi's is a best bet for fresh mozz;, If World Market doesn't have coffee you want and you are interested in something local, you might also try Green Frog Market on Columbus in the northeast. They use a local coffee roasting company and the coffee is pretty good. Across the parking lot from Green Frog is Country Club Liquors and they have a great deli and may carry fresh mozz.
When you find the right coffee, you need to go to Smith's Bakery (on Union at 178 is one), where you MUST try a cream cheese danish, maple stick or thumbprint cookie which are the ultimate comfort food next to Dewar's chews for those of us who have lived here all our lives...
re: Bakersfield Hound
The Green Frog market only has the poly-o kind of mozzarella (the hard kind, not the fresh kind). The Albertsons near that green frog market has fresh mozarella, but it's really expensive $5 for two tiny balls. FYI Costco has $6 for two huge balls, but I'll definitely check into Luigi's see if they have other varieties too.
Trader Joe's has fresh buffalo mozzarella that is delicious. At my non-Bakersfield TJ's they have also had burrata lately, which is a cream filled mozzarella that too is delicious.