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Moving to Camarillo next week...what do I have to look forward to?

sunnygordy Apr 10, 2009 08:00 AM

Moving back to Ventura County after many years. I'm familiar w/ what Ventura has to offer, but know little or nothing about what's around Camarillo, save for Steak & Hoagie & In-N-Out. What else is there? How's the selection of Asian restaurants? Am I bummed?

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    asimen Apr 11, 2009 06:31 PM

    We like Aloha Steakhouse on Santa Rosa Road. For Chinese, Peking Inn on Lantana, or Chester's Asia isn't bad. There's a Mongolian BBQ place on Ventura Blvd that's pretty good, too. California Grill can be good, but is a little inconsistent. They have ownership in common with Safire; we weren't too impressed with Safire.

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      Kitchen Queen Apr 28, 2009 12:02 AM

      Does anyone know about: Lombardo's Italian (?) Market, the sub shop inside the liquor store in old town on Ventura, the Indian rest. on E. Daily @ Brentley and last, the Thai rest around the corner, I think Arneill and E. Daily THX KQ :)

    2. westsidegal Apr 10, 2009 09:44 PM

      in oxnard, for fine dining, go to Tierra Sur in the baron herzog winery.
      know, though, that they are kosher and are closed friday night and all day saturday and many jewish holidays.
      nevertheless, the food that i had there was supurb, the room was beautiful, and the service was very good.


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        roundfigure Apr 10, 2009 09:35 PM

        The Establos Meat Market on Ventura in old town Camarillo has really great and cheap giant burritos. I like the chicken or carnitas super burrito. I think it's very important to order it super to get the full effect. If you're eating there (they have a few tables), the sopes are excellent as well. A great stop just off the highway if you're heading for the beaches.

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          sunnygordy Apr 10, 2009 04:37 PM

          Well, prospects actually seem a little better than I feared. Nice! There's a Mexican place not far from me...El Tecolote. Any good?

          Good news about the Chinese restaurant, thank you! Is there any Vietnamese to be found (other than Mai's in Ventura), or should I just be happy w/ my Thai & travel back over to the Valley when I get the burning craving for pho?

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            Chandavkl Apr 10, 2009 10:58 AM

            The only authentic Chinese restaurant in Ventura or Santa Barbara county is Peking Inn, 330 N. Lantana.

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              venturafooddude Aug 25, 2009 06:50 AM

              I went for dinner at Peking Inn based on this and another recommendation on this board. I found the food extremely average, and the service mediocre. The food was fresh, though, I'll give it that much. I can't believe that anyone would feel the need to commute to this restaurant from Westlake or Agoura. I think the food at Chen's szechuan in Thousand Oaks is better, spicier, tastier, and the service there is excellent. They are on Avenida de los Arboles, in the Vons plaza, not far from the 23 freeway.

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                roundfigure Aug 25, 2009 08:45 AM

                Chen's Szechuan is gone. It's been replaced by a joint called Chang 101, which was pretty lousy and expensive to boot. The wait for decent Chinese in the Conejo Valley continues.

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                  asimen Aug 25, 2009 01:50 PM

                  If you liked Chen's, try Szechuwan Garden in Moorpark.

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                  Kitchen Queen Aug 26, 2009 03:16 PM

                  Thank you for sharing this info. I've been trying to find local options other than the markets and the Habit. If you have any suggestions on lunch places in Camarillo, please lwt me know. How about that Indian restaurant in the same plaza as the Habit on E. Daily?? Eaten there???

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                havepixel Apr 10, 2009 09:03 AM

                Moorpark Country Club is just a short drive up the 23. I recently had a fantastic 8oz Angus burger there with pepper jack and jalapenos, cooked medium rare and served with fries and onion rings. There's a full bar with an astounding selection of bottled beers; enjoy all of this while taking in the wide-open views of the golf course.

                Also in Moorpark is Cactus Patch, which serves a fine breakfast and good coffee, and has that old-world charm to it. I recommend the crunchy French toast when it's available.

                I'm surprised Camarillo itself doesn't have more dining options, considering the city is home of the one of the best outlet malls in So Cal.

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                  Wolfgang Apr 10, 2009 09:29 AM

                  I really enjoy the pizza (ask for it well done) at Toppers with a pitcher of cold beer.
                  It is a throwback pizza parlour with semi tacky decor and lots of families. I'm pre-family age and my gf and I still enjoy the heck out of it.

                  It isn't prepared food, but Camarillo is really close to a great produce stand on the 118 in Somis. It's called Underwood Farms. Ray is the main guy there--he's a great guy selling some great fruits and vegetables. Tell him that Lauren and Jamie sent you.

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                    CLClClare Apr 10, 2009 10:11 AM

                    Toppers is by far the best pizza in Ventura County.
                    If your Into Sushi the best that I have found is Akio's In Thousand Oaks In the Jans Mall, its a bit of a trek but I think its worth it.
                    I live In Moorpark, and have been going to Wood Ranch since in Inception. While the food was better before the started expanding it , as previously stated, Good and Consistent.
                    But I can't really think of anything else worthwile in Camarillo. I would think there would be better options considering the crazy outlet mall and that CSUCI is on the out skirts of town.
                    Good Luck Searching!

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                      carter Apr 10, 2009 11:59 AM

                      People mostly go to the outlet mall to bargain shop, then leave and do not stay around too much or long afterward, meaning for dinner, as they have a considerable drive ahead of them. Same issue relative to the one in Cabazon, from the same ownership.
                      So, after saving money, or at least in their mind saving money, I can't imagine they would want to blow the savings by eating in Camarillo, but waiting til they get closer to home.
                      As to Camarillo, be prepared for some fog, but if you have lived there before, you already knew that!

                2. Servorg Apr 10, 2009 08:34 AM

                  You may be interested to read these two prior CH reports on a Brazilian place in Oxnard:



                  Moqueca Restaurant
                  3550 South Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035

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                    streetgourmetla Apr 10, 2009 08:58 AM

                    Moqueca, Moqueca,Moqueca! One of the best Brazilian cuisines in the US for non-churrascaria.Romantic, fabulous Brazilian cocktails, and the amazing cuisine of Espiritu Santo, Brasil.Consider yourself blessed.

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                      magic man Apr 10, 2009 09:04 AM

                      Masa Sushi is a great sushi bar. It is my Cheers. I eat there 2-4 day a week. They have a great selection of rolls with a real good service. You won't be disapointed.

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                        AndieCat Aug 25, 2009 05:52 PM

                        I love Masa Sushi for rolls and tataki. Very fresh fish and inventive rolls.

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                        junglekitte Apr 28, 2009 04:49 PM

                        agreed! SO delicious!! I wish I lived close enough to go all the time!

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                      LesThePress Apr 10, 2009 08:11 AM

                      We like Charn Thai at 65 E Daily, it's pretty much the best Thai food in the area.

                      Also, they now have a Wood Ranch BBQ in Camarillo at 1101 E Daily Dr, which is a little corporate (and a small chain) but the food is consistent and dependable, plus good drinks! Much better than Bandits.

                      For more upscale dining we like Saffire at 4850 Santa Rosa Rd. Nice place, food is good, lively atmosphere.

                      That's pretty much the extent of our Camarillo suggestions. If you find any good ones, report back.

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