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Moving to Ventura County - ISO Everything

Enorah Apr 16, 2009 10:05 PM

Moving from Encinitas to Ojai later this month.

Looking for recs from Ojai to Ventura and the surrounding area

Looking for Mexican, Thai, Sushi, Italian, Diners, and anything else you all think we would like. We typically like a more casual restaurant with affordable food, organic a plus.

Been to Cafe Bariloche - loved it. Enjoyed lunch at Chamomile Cafe in Carpinteria.

Excited to be near Brent's - the dearth of Jewish Deli in San Diego County is a sad affair. Is there a difference between the 2 Brent's? Are we okay in Westlake or should we go to Northridge?

Thanks!

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    malibumike Apr 17, 2009 08:06 AM

    I think the one in Westlake Village is very good, but it can get crowded so try to beat the lunch crowd if possible get there by 11am.

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      ozhead Apr 17, 2009 08:25 AM

      Maria Bonita, on Main St. in Ventura -- more or less across the street from the Mission. Very nice riffs on Mexican regional dishes.

      1. Servorg Apr 17, 2009 08:35 AM

        The thread linked here begins in 2006 and meanders up to within a few days ago:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/80023?tag=search_results;results_list

        And here is another thread that is very recent which may be helpful to you too:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6109...

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          asimen Apr 17, 2009 01:42 PM

          Either Brents is fine, but Westlake is nowhere near Ojai.

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            LesThePress Apr 17, 2009 02:04 PM

            No, but a lot closer than Encinitas!!

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            nosh Apr 17, 2009 02:27 PM

            Enorah, what happened? I live in Westwood but my dad and his wife spent time a couple times a year in Carlsbad then Solana Beach, so I found your threads and recommendations to be very helpful, both for my visits and to pass on ideas to him. I remember reading about and grieving with you on the loss of your kitty back when you first moved to the area, and have followed your contributions to this board ever since. Best wishes for an easy move and a happy relocation to your new area.

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              Enorah Apr 17, 2009 03:33 PM

              Nosh, thank you. We have eaten our way through northern san diego county and now must relocate

              lol

              The mountains are calling us.

              Thank you all for the recs so far, please keep them coming.

              Sushi, where to get really good sushi?

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              bad nono Apr 17, 2009 02:40 PM

              I've been to Ventura only briefly but I really enjoyed the burger stand the Top Hat (cheap and delicious!) and across the street there's the Cajun Kitchen Café where we had a very good breakfast. Both on Main St.

              1. lilbuddha Apr 17, 2009 10:14 PM

                http://www.elreycantina.com/
                http://tippsthai.com/
                La Trattoria
                2404 E Main St
                Ventura, CA 93003
                (805) 648-6749
                Savory Cafe & Bakery
                419 E Main St Ventura,CA
                http://www.ladolcevitadimare.com/

                1. Will Owen Apr 18, 2009 11:12 AM

                  Excellent diner food and service at the Busy Bee Cafe on Main St. maybe three blocks south of the mission in Ventura, west side of the street. Very popular with both visitors and locals, an old place very nicely cleaned up.

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