Special Sections : Best of Tehachapi 2012

Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 12:00 AM

Best Overall Restaurant

Red House BBQ
The beginnings of Red House BBQ were simple. It started off as an idea and grew from there. When my family moved to Tehachapi around seven years ago, we found that there wasn’t a place in town that served the comfort food that I grew up with and loved. On a drive through town, my wife and I discovered a building that we sat in our car across the street from and I knew right then and there that it was going to be the future site of my dream. I told my wife what I wanted and that we needed to start small and test the waters.
We bought a BBQ trailer and we started cooking at local events. Indian Tacos were all the rage and soon we started introducing Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken and Tri Tip. The response was great and we kept on moving forward. It took years to save the money and to await the availability of that little building we sat in front of. Then, it all happened.
We signed a lease and started construction Feb. 1, 2010. My idea was to hire the best people that I could, use the best ingredients and prepare honest hand crafted comfort food. Cutting corners was not an option. We have been rockin' ever since!
A huge “THANK YOU” goes out to you Tehachapi, my wife and to my staff, the best in town. I am living my dream and I hope I never awake.
Mano Lujan, Red House BBQ • www.redhousebbq.net

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Don Juan’s Latin Grill
Don Juan's is a unique restaurant serving some of the finest Latin Cuisine in Kern County. Located off the beaten path in Old Town Tehachapi, Don Juan's offers a surprising experience for our small community. We know there is more to Latin Food than enchiladas, rice and beans and so we set out to build a restaurant that celebrates the diverse flavors of South America. Come join us for a culinary adventure as you try the traditional recipes and wines of Cuba, El Salvador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and more all prepared with Juan's artistic fusion style. Serving lunch and dinner, seven days a week we're open most days from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to try our unique Tapas Menu available from 3-7 in the lounge where you can eat and drink as the Spaniards do — just relax with a drink, mingle with a friend or two and order the small plates to share until you're full. Don Juan's is also available to go and for catering and we have a private, reservable lounge for events at our location. For our off-site, catered events we also offer a full-bar, linens, china, tables and chairs and can help you plan the perfect buffet or seated dining experience. Let us help you plan the perfect event at your place or ours!
20700 South Street • www.DonJuansGrill.com

Petra Mediterranean Restaurant
The staff at Petra Mediterranean Restaurant wish to thank all of our customers for your loyalty and support throughout the years, and for voting for us! We have worked hard to create a special place in Tehachapi. Petra is the one and only original Mediterranean restaurant and we offer casual family-style dining with everything made fresh to order. We have welcomed lovers of Middle Eastern food since we opened our doors back in 2008 in downtown Tehachapi. Petra's was remodeled and expanded three years ago, complete with new tables and chairs, creating a full-service restaurant. We have room to accommodate gatherings, meetings, birthday parties and other events – with seating for up to 45 people. In addition we have outside seating; when the weather is warm you can enjoy our Hookah bar as you enjoy the day. We have a good selection of dishes, from Mediterranean cuisine to American. Everything on the menu is made fresh to order and over the years our regular customers have their own favorite dishes. Some love the falafal and our gyros are very popular. Our fresh-cut garlic fries are a big hit, and they are great with our Philly cheese steak or our half pound angus burger. If you want a pick-me-up we serve Turkish coffee which goes great with our fresh made baklava. Faxed or phoned-in orders are welcome and we also offer catering. You can see our menu online at www.dineatpetra.com. Thank you once again from Abe and Lune Khoury.
200 S. Green St. • 822-1900

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