Summer’s here and it’s time to drive U.S. Route 99, also known as the Golden State Highway, to Cutler, Calif.
People in a hurry or otherwise uninterested in Central Valley destinations prefer the I-5 as a north-south route. but the I-99 has great charm. Every Californian should drive the I-99 at least once.
We left home at 7:40 a.m. By 9:30 a.m., we arrived at the 24th Street Café (www.24thstreetcafe.com) at 1415 24th Street, Bakersfield, home of the Bowen Bloody Mary and the Mediterranean omlette, featuring locally grown garden cherry tomatoes, garlic Kalamati olives, capers, artichokes and fresh basil topped with Feta cheese, served with ($11.99) or without halibut ($8.99). For the less adventurous, there's the Caprese omlette with Tesch Family Farms garden ripe tomatoes, sea salt, olive oil, balsalmic vinegar and fresh mozzarella and basil ($9.99).