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Aug 6, 2008 05:44 PM

Gems in Oxnard and/or Ventura

Have researched on the board as best I could. Have two houndly friends spending 4-5 days in the area starting this weekend. Basically looking for seafood, Mexican, Italian, or any other cuisine except Asian. Price is no object, but quality trumps ambiance, views, etc. Here's what I have so far, would appreciate any additions the southland hounds might have sniffed out.


Tierra Sur
H&C Seafood
Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina


Tutti's off Main
Jonathon's at Peirono's and J's Tapas
Maria Bonita
Aloha Steakhouse

also threw in Saddlepeak Lodge in case they're willing to travel
to Calabasas.

TIA for any and all help.

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  1. One recent Ventura thread (although this is about lunch it is probably applicable to dinner as well):


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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks Servorg and Maxzook. The rec for Cuernavaca makes me wish I was going along, love al pastor. Is it done on the spit with pineapple on top?

      The Calabasas inclusion was a long shot I'm sure, they probably won't venture out too far.

    2. Nothing at all against Saddlepeak, but if your friends are willing to travel the 42 miles from Ventura to Calabasas they'll presumably have no problem going 28 miles to Santa Barbara, which has Downey's, Super Rica, Citronelle, etc. (For more SB advice you should probably go to the California board.)

      Closer than either of those is the Ranch House, 13 miles inland in Ojai, my favorite outdoor restaurant in southern California.

      And in downtown Ventura, I enthusiastically endorse Jonathan's and J's Tapas. 71 Palm may be the most universally reviled restaurant experience north of Pink's or the Waffle.

      This may be the most comprehensive CH thread about Ventura County ... the thread started over two years ago, so take the older recs with a grain of salt and call first:

      La Super Rica
      622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

      1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

      Ranch House
      500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

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

      901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA

      1. Living in Ventura I would suggest Cafe Zack (close to downtown Ventura) and for a real sleeper Hozy's Cafe in Santa Paula (very easy to get to). They both would satisfy your suggestion that price and quality are not a problem. Both have web sites and I would suggest that if your friends want to eat at either of these restaurants, then they should call for reservations.

        1. One of my FAVORITE pizza dives in the So Cal area is in Ventura. It's in a renovated little drive through dry cleaning place I think... California and Main area. Called Tonys. Super yum. Picnic benches outside; sometimes seedy biker kinda of place, but the food is incredible.

          Also in Santa Barbara on Milpas,...just down the street from the SB Bowl, there is a Mexican place called Super Rica. It's a tiny white wood place with a screen in patio and aqua colored trim. Homemade Mexican that's TO DIE FOR. There is usually a line around the corner. It's worth every minute of waiting.

          On Main Street, near Seaward, there is a BBQ place that is outstanding. Great tri tip and ribs.