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Aug 27, 2007 02:57 PM

Lunch in Thousand Oaks

Oxnard was okay, but how about Thousand Oaks? Looking for something nice, casual and quiet. A lunch over which we can linger; maybe a drink or two. Not hurried. Not 'spensive.

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  1. I have yet to find anything beyond mediocre in Thousand Oaks, just the usual Olive Cheesecake Sizzler Factories and a barely adequate Chinese joint (where I had to ask TWICE for chopsticks, because I don't think she believed me the first time). However, the Agoura Deli a couple of miles east is very much worth the effort; whenever I have to go out that way now I always make a point of being near the deli at lunch time. It's always pretty busy, but it's a huge place and I always get a table. Warning: they do adhere to the tradition of Too Much Sandwich - I ordered the liverwurst sandwich, and wound up buying a loaf of their bread, taking it home, and making two more sandwiches from the excess liverwurst!

    This is not to say there's nothing at all Chow-worthy in Thousand Oaks. Unlike you, I just drove around looking for someplace interesting. Perhaps if I'd asked here I'd be humming a different tune...

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Here is a previous thread on the same topic - hope it helps.

    2. Wow. I WISH there were more places like this in T.O. It leans heavily toward chains (CPK, Cheesecake Factory etc). For lunch I almost always go to the Indian Deli at Apna Spiceland on TO Blvd in the Palms Plaza (next to 24 hour fitness). It isn't haute cuisine, but $5 gets me some grub and a table outside on the sidewalk.

      You might try Los Agaves, at TO Blvd and Conejo School Road near the Civic Arts Plaza. Nice, fairly upscale and modern Mexican, full bar, not expensive.

      1. If you think T.O. is a chain store mecca, try Simi sometime.

        A previous poster preferred Agoura Deli. Not my cup of tea (I prefer Brent's), but if you do venture that way, be sure to check the math on your bill. Last time I ate there, someone played the age-old trick of not zeroing out the adding machine. And when I caught it, they fixed the error, but they weren't even apologetic about it.

        Another thought for lunch in Thousand Oaks would be Bandits (bbq, burgers, sandwiches, salads).

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        1. re: asimen

          Try Pickles Deli in Newbury Park. I have been there a few times and can't say I have been disappointed. It aint no Brent's but it's fine. Word has it that it is owned by the Agoura Deli folks. It's off the 101 fwy at Borchard.

          Pickles Deli & Restaurant
          1940 Newbury Rd, Newbury Park, CA 91320

          1. re: SIMIHOUND

            I've wondered about Pickles, but haven't been there yet. Last time I was at Kohl's, I noticed a Country Deli truck there, and wondered if they were connected somehow (Country Deli's a little spot in Chatsworth that's decent, not great).

            1. re: asimen

              Oh yes, I know about Country Deli. Agoura Deli and Pickles are all related to them-same family/owners. The last time I was at CD-Breakfast was 8 out of 10, Lunch was 7, and dinner was a 3. NEVER for dinner again-Brent's is too close. Pickles breakfast was 7, lunch was 8 and dinner was 7.

        2. My favorite spot for lunch in TO is the Crown & Anchor pub. I'm a big fan of the patty melt as well as their traditional pub faire like fish and chips and shepherds' pie. It being a pub, of course you can linger and have drinks and watch whatever happens to be on.

          Crown & Anchor
          2891 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

          1. Marcello's is a good option, though I'm not completely sure it has a full bar. They have a chicken liver and mushroom pasta dish that is amazing, but I have to factor in an afternoon nap if I order it.


            Marcello Ristorante
            140 W Hillcrest Dr Ste 117, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360