Thousand Oaks Eateries
Hi, I'm a 21 year old recent culinary school grad who was born in Thousand Oaks but has since moved to Eugene, Oregon. I am planning to visit Thousand Oaks in a few weeks, and I was hoping I can get some insight on good dining places in Thousand Oaks, as I am unfamiliar with the scene, now. I have noticed that many are quick to put down the dining scene in Thousand Oaks, but let me tell you, once you live in a place like Eugene Oregon, you will relish the diversity available in Thousand Oaks and Agoura. That may sound silly, but it's absolutely true, people wait over an hour on any given weekend just to get a table at El Torito or The Olive Garden....it's sickening.
Anyway, I am in search of any well priced, established, tasty restaurants, but Italian and Chinese are my two faves. I used to go To Geppeto's off of T.O. Blvd. when I was a kid, but that's been gone for years, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement. I also used to go to Schezwan Chen's off of Arboles all of the time, but the last few times I have gone I have been unimpressed, I'm not sure if I am ordering the wrong things or it's just gone downhill in general. Used to frequent Hunan as a tot, but am unsure as to menu faves there. Any advice is very much appreciated!! Thanks a lot!
I had to laugh when I read your post, because we live in Moorpark (near Thousand Oaks), but we're in Eugene, Oregon 3-4 days a month. We understand. Completely.
That said, you'll be sad to hear that in this area, people also wait ridiculous amounts of time to get a table at El Torito (on Moorpark Road) and Olive Garden (in Oxnard. And also up in Valencia, we recently met some friends up there, and all they have is chain restaurants). But in my view, the only reason there's always a wait at Olive Garden is because they refuse to fill their tables. Whenever we're finally seated, there's always plenty of empty tables.
Anyway, here's a few of our faves in the area. Make you a deal: There's a fairly recent Eugene thread on the Pacific Northwest board. Please share your Eugene faves with us!! (Especially Chinese, come to think of it!)
For Chinese here, I agree, Chen's seemed to have gone downhill when we were last there. I haven't been to Hunan's in a while, but be aware they've moved---they're not on Moorpark Road anymore, I think they're on T.O. Blvd. now. We prefer either Lakeview Garden in Westlake, or Szechuwan Garden in Moorpark.
If you like Mongolian BBQ, the Wok-n-South in Camarillo is better than the one in T.O.
We like Aloha Steakhouse for a nice meal (steak, seafood, prime rib). The original location is up in Ventura, next to the pier, across from the Crowne Plaza (former Holiday Inn). They just opened a second location in Camarillo, on Santa Rosa Road. Same food, but the ambience is nicer in Ventura.
For pizza, Ventura County's best pizza place is the Topper's chain. For other Italian, I'm still looking for anything better than Louise's, quite frankly. (Just so you know my taste, in Eugene, I was unimpressed at Ambrosia, thought Bepe and Gianni's was overrated, and actually preferred Mazzi's).
Oh, yeah. For BBQ, Bandits.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the tips, I will be sure to check them out while I'm down there. I posted back on the following message board in regards to Eugene-scene food: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410841
Hope I helped, let me know your thoughts if you try any of them! Keep in mind that I did write about places in relative terms, so don't get your hopes up too high when it comes to places I mentioned in high regard.....after all, it's just Eugene :)