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labs Jul 1, 2006 09:30 PM

Any recs for great food (for kids and adults)? Sit down restaurant preferred, any type of food OK.
Thanks

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    ChatKat RE: labs Jul 1, 2006 11:43 PM

    Um, some how I think you'll be at the dog show this weekend. Eric Erickson's, The Aloha Grill (former workers from the Chart House run this), Joe's Crab Shack, are all popular with the Terrier crowd.

    1. David Kahn RE: labs Jul 2, 2006 01:32 AM

      I think Tutti's Off Main (34 North Palm, (805) 643-0880) is pretty good. Not earth shatteringly good, but nice and dependable. Service is very friendly, and they have a great outdoor patio. Decent, fairly inventive breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Have not tried it for dinner, but I would be surprised if it were awful.

      I have not tried Taqueria Tepatitlan (362 N Ventura Ave., (805) 653-0508), but it has been favorably reviewed here (and is on my list to try).

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        Snackish RE: David Kahn Jul 3, 2006 03:49 PM

        Taqueria Tepatitlan is very casual and gets very busy. Noisy kids would not be a problem. My caveat is that it is a small place - maybe 10 tables - and the biggest table is for 4 or 5.

        Everyone I have ever talked to about Joe's Crab Shack gives it a horrible review.

        Erik Ericsson's is probably a fun, good bet. Big, noisy at times, great view because it is on the pier. The kids can work off some steam at the beach and you can walk from the fairgrounds in about 10 minutes.

        Also fun for the kiddos is Busy Bee Cafe - a faux 50's diner on Main near California serving American comfort food.

        A couple doors down from that is Franky's, a kind of casual salad and sandwich place, sort of fresh and natural style.

        Across the street in a little courtyard, Zoey's serves breakfast, sandwiches and salads outdoors on the most charming patio. The courtyard is lined with cute shops and is one of my favorite sitting and watching the world go by kinds of places.

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          wannabechef RE: Snackish Jul 11, 2006 06:45 AM

          Ok so finally after much talk about Taqueria Tepatitlan I had to give it a try. Hmmm...Much dissapointment. I guess everyone built it up to be very good but nothing seemed very fresh. I also tried Tutti's for the second time...two times = way to many times to try it...terrible service mediocre food! I can handle mediocre food for good service or even just to support good owners but not here...it has neither. Stay clear!!!

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            bowman135 RE: wannabechef May 18, 2008 04:27 PM

            Tutti's - egad. Tutti's used to be good in Montecito. Now it is in a lovely setting and has outdoor dining that's pleasing. Arriving without reservation to relatively empty restaurant, we were given quite a look over (never did get that busy, after, oh well). Service was either overdone or absent. "Watch out for the hot plates!" we were instructed by one wait staff and yet I had to move my head far from one of the hot plates coming toward my face and, as I complained, was met with indignance not apology. The little breads and olives offered at the beginning were the best part of meal (must be a good baker!). The seafood risotto was watery, zucchini cakes mushy, even the chocolate dishes - a combo of mousse, pot du creme, and fondue - were really poor quality, served with tasteless little cookies. Hard to mess up chocolate when quality ingredients are used but the mousse actually tasted "stale" if that's possible.

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        dano RE: labs Jul 4, 2006 12:27 AM

        nope.head down deep for decent mexican, try cabo. other than that, nope.

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          wannabechef RE: dano Jul 4, 2006 01:14 AM

          So negative about Ventura it sounds...you should try some of the other great restaurants in town...not just the Mexican restaurants. There are so many other great options. Happy Dining!!!

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            dano RE: wannabechef Jul 4, 2006 04:04 PM

            not negative-just how i call it. been up here for almost 10 years cooking for a living, yes the scene has changed. Is there any great dining? no. Is there ok food? yes.

            I'd love to hear about your options-seems that any dish with a toque is a chef here-there are a few exceptions, but not many....

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          mary c RE: labs Jul 4, 2006 02:03 AM

          I second Tuttie's and Taqueria Tepatitlan. I would also add a fairly new place, Savory Bakery and Cafe on Main St. in downtown Ventura, open only for breakfast and lunch. The Greek at the Ventura Harbor is in a very pretty setting and has some nice salads and Greek dishes for lunch and dinner. The food is just ok, not great, but the wonderful harbor setting makes up for what the food lacks. I don't think anyone who really wants fairly decent food would go to Joe's Crab shack.
          Unfortunately,there isn't much to recommend in Ventura County. Good Luck!!

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            mpron RE: labs Jul 4, 2006 02:17 AM

            Great Central Hoagie Steak on Thompson right next to the on ramp for the 101 north. They have the best french fries served in a brown paper bag. The cheese steaks are good too.

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              Juan RE: labs Jul 4, 2006 03:49 AM

              I second the Great Central Hoagie Steak. Nothing like working up a hunger surfing out at C Street, and grabbing a hot cheese steak sandwich to eat. You need to try some of their hot peppers while you're there.

              My favorite place to eat in Ventura is "It's In The Sauce". Look it up, it's well worth it.

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                abrahamincpt RE: labs Jul 23, 2006 07:29 PM

                Franky's used to be one of my favorite places to have a weekend breakfast in sort of a relaxed, yet genial, environment, but they've had a change of ownership, and the food/atmosphere has declined. Whereas there used to be a sprawling indoor fountain when you entered, the new ownership replaced the fountain in order to maximize space. Also, it's changed to a surfing/beach decor which feels forced. Also, I know the new staff is learning the ropes, but, come on. The last time I was there the server didn't even know what was on the menu.

                Bring back the old Franky's!

                1. maxzook RE: labs May 18, 2008 04:47 PM

                  My favorite in town has been, and remains, Jonathan's at Peirano's, which IMHO serves the best paella I've had in southern Cal, if not perhaps the most ethnically correct.

                  i haven't yet had a chance to try the new tapas bar but I bet it's good.

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                  J's Tapas
                  204-208 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

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