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Hi, I'm moving to Thousand Oaks in about a week for work. I was wondering if there are any cool places out there for some good food. Thanks a lot!

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    1. re: Creamfinger

      To eat out in TO is to suffer, except for Gino's Trattoria on Thousand Oaks Blvd. I sadly do not have the address but they're in the phone book, and it's just north (?) of the hwy 23 underpass.

      The owner is from Naples, and it's by far the closest thing to good Italian food I've eaten since I was in Naples three years ago.

      The dishes are simple - pastas, meats and pizza. Everything is delicious. His pizzas taste like pizza -the crust is not overly doughy, but it is not as thin as you could find in Rome or Naples. The pastas are fresh and the meats are tender and juicy.

      Since strawberries are in season, I would believe he'll have a strawberry soup, a rare specialty. He makes his own limoncello and it is fantastic. I have not tried the desserts.

      Since I worked in TO for the Ventura County Star, I would go there occasionally, but I would not drive out there from LA, unless you're in the area.

      Gino is also a really nice guy. Very personable - a true Napolitano.

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      Ian Schechter

      Try the Landing out in Westlake. A couple of nice restaruants that sit right on the lake.

      1. Well, it's not as bad as Creamfinger says but it's not so great either. I've been working out here for 3 years now and was pretty darn skeptical about the dining scene out here as well but I've finally found several places that keep me happy.

        I have yet to find great Chinese, but Japanese restaurants abound here. So far, I like Agoura Sushi best (on Agoura and Kanan). And, of course, Bristol Farms sushi will work always too.

        For interesting takes on chili, try Cravings on Lindero and Kanan. Great shoestring fries and cornbread too. No, scratch that, it's not great cornbread it's the BEST cornbread anywhere.

        I recently suggested Cafe Provencal (on TO Blvd, right next to the Civic Center) to someone for Mother's Day. I was surprised and delighted to find good French food out here!

        And of course, you are now within close proximity to Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu (on Piuma off Malibu Canyon Road). A very interesting restaurant that is so un-LA! I had a great Elk entree that I highly recommend.

        If you do a search on these boards for T.O, Westlake Village or Agoura, you'll find a couple of threads. Good luck! And if you find any other gems out here, please post to the board becuase I'm still searching too :)

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        1. re: Macy U.

          That's good advice about Sushi Agoura; I go for lunch about every 2 weeks. They open at 11:45 but a line forms about 11:40 so the smart money arrives at 1l:30. The pompano is delicious with the skin deep fried. Megu doesn't have a formal omakase but will serve you whatever he thinks best together with any of your own requests. Never been for dinner but it's packed at lunchtime.

        2. My favorite sandwich place, SubContractor is on Lindero Canyon. They make the best sub sandwiches. =) Really friendly too.

          I also like La Cupola on the opposite corner of Kanan and Lindero. That place has a very nice eggplant lasagna dish. I'm sure they have other good dishes as well.

          For breakfasts I like Egg's n' Things a lot in Thousand Oaks on Moorpark Road I believe. On weekends, they give you a yummy swedish pancake before your meal. I also like Agoura's Famous Deli on Kanan in Agoura.

          I've heard that Buddha's Dream in Westlake is pretty good and has a nice vibe to it.

          There's also BJ's if you're craving pizza and I heard Piattis on TO Blvd isn't bad but I haven't tried it myself.

          I also like Le Cafe at the Westlake Village Inn. The Inn is so cute and I had a very yummy german apple pancake. They also have very good lox and bagels. =)

          Also, there is Wood Ranch for the tri-tip. =)

          Hope this helps some, I don't think Thousand Oaks is as bad as some make it out to be.

          1. Galletto's is my personal favorite. It's a Brazilian/Italian combo restaurant on Westlake Blvd. It's small but has a nice patio. They serve a great halibut special, and good steak.

            Cravings is unusual for the area but you've got to like gourmet chili or hot dogs to frequent it.

            Cafe Provencal is hit & miss, but it's good when it hits.

            For sushi, I like Hiyama on Skyline (near T.O. Blvd). It has great yellowtail.

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            1. re: David

              I went to Galletto's and tried their Blazirib sandwich. Has anyone ever had this? I thought it had a very funky taste to it. I won't be going back.

            2. TO has been a wasteland for any really good restaurants but times they are a changing. The end of Lindero Canyon at Kanan Road is our "westside" dining zone.
              Cravings was mentioned by others and is good, Le Coupla has been closed for six months but ...

              Leilas,is all around one one of the best in the area. Relaxed and very wine friendly with great appetizers, solid entees with a Cal/Euro/Asian bent. The wine bar is a perfect place to hang out in a living room atmosphere.

              Rustico,across the street reflects the cusine of the Italian/French juncture of those two countries. Elegant without being expensive this is the place to satisfy a pasta craving.

              Thier Older sister is Tuscany over in the center of Westlake. Here is the upscale versions of great Italian cooking, the wine list goes on for pages and overall the cooking equals anything on the other side of the Sanata Monica Mountains.

              I also think that the Saddle Peak Lodge is up there with the best in all of LA. Romantic with outstanding game dishes. Reserve well in advance.

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              1. re: cmben

                I have not been to Leila's myself, but by sheer coincidence, a good friend who lives out that way started raving to me about it earlier today. He mentioned in particular that they have superb sauces.

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                Westside Clyde

                Chinese at moorpark/los arboles! Jade shrimp is awesome.

                1. Hungry Hunter is nice.
                  Mimi's cafe is pretty consistent.
                  Wood Ranch is ONLY good for the tri-tip. Anything else there sucks hard.

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                  1. re: Samantha

                    Actually WR is ONLY good for a cocktail.!.!.!.

                    1. re: yammer

                      mexican - lupe's on thousand oaks blvd, wet chicken burrito is so good when your body needs a fatbomb
                      thai - pookie's thai in westlake
                      pizza - stuft cruft
                      breakfast - marmalade cafe in westake or side street cafe in newbury park
                      italian - sicily in the mall
                      healthy - natural cafe, newbury park or westlake
                      great sandwich - whole foods deli, alpine deli
                      date night - moz buddha bar in agoura, great creative pan asian food, padri in agoura, piatti in agoura, fins in calabasas

                      1. re: jen1976

                        I disagree about Lupe's. I think it is just your basic greasy-spoon American-Mexfood.

                        Just down the street near the Performing Arts Ceenter on the same side of TO Blvd in a strip mall is Harold's House of Omelettes. Not only do they serve breakfast, but they have a really decent Mexican menu, too.

                        I agree about Gino's, Leila's, Galletto's, Pookie's, Agoura Deli.

                        The Apna Spiceland market in the Palms Plaza on TO Blvd has an Indian deli with styrofoam plate lunch and dinners. It isn't fabulous, but goes a long way to filling my Indian food craving when I am in the area.

                        I love Peet's coffee, but the Bent on Coffee...and Wine too shop on Hillcrest near Moorpark Rd is very congenial and is a good place to pick up a bottle of good wine. There is also a wine shop in Janss mall with a very enthusiastic, friendly owner - it is down near Gold's Gym.

                        1. re: Snackish

                          I love Lupe's. I've been going there since I was a tot. Sure, they have some mexamerican dishes. They've had to cater to early (60's) anglo-suburban notions of mexican cuisine. Sure, its a bit of a greasy spoon (all the better in my book), but the food is just plain good. I tend to judge a mexican joint by its chile relleno, and Lupe's is right there at the top of my list. I also have a sentimental sweetspot for the fried egg sandwich. Lupe's has a true Conejo Valley family vibe (as opposed to the L.A. ex-pat vibe the city has accrued over the past 10 years). Lupe's is probably the only culinary institution in the CV (along with the Thousand Oaks Meat Locker).

                          Long Live Lupe's!

                          1. re: B Minus

                            I agree on Lupe's. If it is "anglo-mex" then it is old California anglo mex in the tradition of many mexican restaurants scattered around California that pre-date many of our current conceptions of "Mexican" food.

                            They do not take anglo food, bury it in salsa, sour cream and guacamole and call it mexican. Is it a gourmet meal? No, but is it good eating? Definately.

                        2. re: jen1976

                          Sisley at the Mall is crap italian food.

                          All the places you mentioned leave alot to be desired.

                          1. re: holybull

                            And thus we reveal the culinary treasure trove that is TO. To its credit, at least it now has Mastro's, and the head itamae at Suki 7 is supposed to be well regarded, so there might be hope yet.

                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                              I don't know, even Mastro's is more gimmicky than good food. It's gonna be a long time.

                              It's just a CPK, Cheesecake Factory, and Pat and Oscars crowd out there.

                              1. re: holybull

                                Pat and Oscar's has been gone for a while now. Fudruckers is there now.

                            2. re: holybull

                              I've had GREAT Thai food at Pookie's Thai so I'd say that your lump em all together comment leaves a lot to be desired! Much of her menu is designed for the local non-Thai palate but if you know Thai food and talk to Pookie they will prepare food that would do well in Thai Town or the NoHo Thai Strip!

                        3. re: Samantha

                          Hungry Hunter has lost a lot of luster over the years. I went there about a week ago, and was unimpressed with everything but the steak itself, but the meat was oh so good, and my friend said she enjoyed the clam chowder. The roasted potatoes were so-so and the salad was nothing special--wasn't bad, just middle of the road. The atmosphere there is pretty nice, though it was almost empty when we there (might be a good thing sometimes).

                        4. Surprisingly, the fish tacos at the Alamo Bar & Grill in Agoura aren't bad at all:

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                          1. re: Ollie

                            I actually prefer the fish tacos at Crown and Anchor, in which they use the fried fish destined for their fish and chips.

                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                              I like the food at Crown and Anchor in general.

                              Plus, it offers a surprisingly jumping bar scene on many nights. On a recent Friday visit around 8, the bar area was so packed it was hard to get a drink. And we had to wait a half hour to be seated for dinner.

                              Nice to see a neighborhood place doing so well.

                              1. re: okie

                                About 3 years ago it started getting really packed. It used to be just the Brits and other regulars.

                                I like the food there, too, and I always say that it's the best restaurant in Thousand Oaks (that includes Mastro's!) I like the various meat pies, and also the Scotch egg.

                          2. Was stuck out there one night and went to Mandeville on Westlake Village based on the Zagat listing and agreed. Quite good eclectic menu at decent prices.

                            1. Don't forget Brent's Deli now has a location in Westlake Village. The food is just as good as the famous Northridge location and the place itself is much nicer. It's huge, nicely appointed and has a full bar. Frequently a wait for weekend breakfast and lunch, but the place is so big you usually don't have to wait long.

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                              1. re: okie

                                You can also do Pickles in Newbury Park. It's pretty much the same thing.

                              2. Piatti isn't bad for a middle-upscale, small suburban chain. I'd rather be at the Montecito, La Jolla, or Carmel locations, instead of in a Thousand Oaks shopping-mall parking lot, but the food's the same -- solid, upscale Italian and Cal-Italian. They all offer nice specialty cocktails and a decent wine list, and you can get a half-order of one of the good pastas as an appetizer. In fact, a couple of well-chosen half-orders paired with a salad or another appetizer could make an outstanding meal. (I'm not as thrilled by the main courses, although the lamb chops and the chicken have been good recently.) Service can be, er, frustrating, at times -- one waitress, in particular, must work a second job over at the mall in-between her infrequent visits to your table -- but some of the dining-room staff are quite good.

                                1. There are plenty of good places to eat in the Ventura County.

                                  They have two of the best sandwich places ever. My personal favorite is Italia Deli, in the CVS & Vons shopping center on the corner of Thousand Oaks Blvd. and Kanan Rd. Sienna Deli on Thousand Oaks Blvd. next to the Auto Mall also has terriffic sandwiches.

                                  I've been to a ridiculous amount of sushi restaurants, and while i've eaten at my fair share of very good ones, none top Sushi Agoura. They always have the freshest fish and they have by far the most creative and delicious rolls, so no matter what type of sushi eater you are, they will have something delicious for you.

                                  China Garden on the Corner of Lindero Canyon Rd. and Thousand Oaks Blvd. has some of the best chinese food around. They also have excellent lunch specials.

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                                  1. re: lakings39

                                    Have you tried Thineland Deli? It's on the corner of TO and Conejo School Rd., next to Los Aguaves Grill. I like it a lot, and it gets very busy during lunch time. I'll have to try Sienna Deli, it's close to my work.

                                    Rhineland Deli
                                    2346 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                    (805) 496-2045

                                    1. re: LesThePress

                                      Pickles Deli in Newbury Park has been up and down as far as food and service but is is worth a try for sure.


                                      1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                        Sorry guys, I just saw the previous post about Pickles....I did forget about Fabrochini's in Agoura though. See my previous post a while back. They have a great menu.


                                        1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                          Ali Baba's Cafe in Newbury Park is great little spot for Middle Eastern food--I love the shawarma. Very casual & reasonable.

                                          Ali Baba
                                          2405 Michael Dr Ste A, Newbury Park, CA 91320

                                  2. Some of the best food in the area is probably at the cafeteria of Amgen. As for Chinese, you may need to drive to Camarillo for Peking Inn which is across the freeway from the outlet mall. IMHO Peking Inn has the best Peking duck, better than any I've tried in SGV. It also has an excellent beef in sesame bun. Its dimsum offerings are paltry and mediocre.

                                    1. definately rhineland deli good pastrami
                                      harolds for breakfast
                                      akios for sushi try the spicy tuna on crispy rice
                                      i always go to chens for chinese on avenida