Tina Marie’s cafe -Bakersfield, Ca
An honest review
Portion size: 5/5
Food quality: 4/5
My husband and I woke up late one morning and we could not make up our minds on where to eat in the armpit city of Bakersfield. When Tina Marie’s randomly popped into my mind. I didn’t know where it was but I knew I had to listen to myself and ventured my way other there. So dragging my husband behind me, I set out to find this restaurant.
Tina Marie’s is located in downtown Bakersfield in a tight corner space of a building. On the outside, it was decorated cutely with art blasting Tina’s name all over the place. My husband was already skeptical about eating here and I could tell the gloating sign outside wasn’t helping.
As we stepped inside the restaurant, we were met with an unexpected surprise! The room was beautifully decorated with a large tree and an Alice in wonderful meets forest wood elf of lord of the rings vibe of a wooden table. It was a pleasantly refreshing decore and definitely giving out a fun vibe.
Before we could even process what we were seeing the very first server that saw us acknowledge us and let us know they’d be right with us. Which is just something I freaking love! It’s one of my pet peeves to come into a restaurant and wait without being acknowledged.
In my years in the food industry, it's one of the first things we learn! Greet your guests when they walk in! When you don’t, you are literally ignoring them. When you see them, you should always take a second as you walk by to say, “ HI. someone will be right with you” it’s so easy and it makes the guest feel like they will be catered to when the time is right. Makes it easier for the guests to wait.
So anyway, we were acknowledged right away and as we patiently waited for a server to seat us; our eyes feasted on the heavily decorated restaurant that layout before us. We were lead to the first both and quickly realized we were in for a treat.
Our waitress was so attentive and gladly answered any and all of our questions. When we order, to our surprise the food came so quickly! The cook back was basically throwing food out of the kitchen. And I mean this as a compliment, not a complaint.
Now let’s get down to the food. We ordered two breakfast plates that came with a biscuit topped with gravy on the side. The portion sizes were enormous and we definitely had to take to-go boxes home.
The biscuit and gravy were not my favorite; I definitely have had better, but they weren’t bad! The rest of the food was filling and fresh and we were extremely satisfied with our breakfast.
After our visit we both agreed that Tina most definitely deserved her name blasted on the outside of the building because her cafe is rocking, poppin’ and full of style.
In Bakersfield? Check out our post on what to do and where to eat. HERE