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Any suggestions for Ventura or Carpinteria?

sparklegem Aug 5, 2007 02:15 PM

Any suggestions for a great place for an early dinner in Ventura or Carpinteria? Looking for somewhere that is inexpensive and casual.

Thank You!

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    Clinton RE: sparklegem Aug 5, 2007 05:44 PM

    Drove up from LA recently to see Andy Bumatai perform at Mai's Cafe on Main Street and Telegraph. Andy is one of Hawaii's well-known comedian/actors who rarely does roadtrips. outside of Las Vegas and Waikiki. Anyway, if you're looking for somewhere casual and relaxing to entertain, this place is a suggestion. Mai's is a local Vietnamese restaurant/nightspot in Ventura with a polynesian theme. There is an open mike for wannabe comedians sponsored by local Ventura resident and pro entertainer named Kamaka Brown who emcees.

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      mary c RE: sparklegem Aug 5, 2007 06:30 PM

      Zookers on Casitas Pass Rd. in Carpinteria. Inexpensive, casual & good.

      1. Snackish RE: sparklegem Aug 5, 2007 08:59 PM

        If you're up for a vegan adventure, try Mary's Secret Garden downtown in Ventura on Santa Clara kitty-corner from the post office. I have taken non-veg friends there with great result. They really care about their food and it is fresh and tasty. Most entrees are between $12 and $16.

        Also, at California and Main, there are 2 good choices - Cafe Bariloche serves South American food - you can fill up on empanadas for about $10-$12. Or go next door to Tipps Thai, the oldest and most reliable Thai in Ventura.

        All 3 are casual. Mary's had odd hours and days off, so call ahead if you can.

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          ozhead RE: sparklegem Aug 6, 2007 09:51 AM

          Maria Bonita on Main St. in Ventura, across the street from and a bit south of the Mission. Wonderful riffs on regional Mexican cooking, terrific food, and not expensive.

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