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Jan 17, 2010 05:09 PM

Boccali Ojai and Taqueria Tepatitlan Ventura

Ok, to get it out of the way, Taqueria Tepatitlan was not good at all, really marginal burrito, terrible salsa. There has got to be many better in Ventura, if not, I would just take a pass and head up to SB.

Then, had a terrific dinner at Boccali's in Ojai. Their menu is somewhat limited, but don't let that keep you from going. Terrific old style Italian American food from childhood. Yummy garlic bread just like I remembered, homey meatballs (very dense with meat, not a lot of breadcumbs going on). Loved the antipasto plate (peppers, red onion, garbanzos, black olives, lettuce, green peppers, salami, terrific, just terrific. Loved their Topa Topa Syrah. Like an old style diner, friendly red and white checked tablecloth and cute pizza clock on the wall. I can see how it would be fun to eat outside in summer (they had heat lamps, but it still was cold). This is a very nice alternative to Suzanne's, much more casual (although I love Suzanne's on the patio for lunch)

Did not eat at Farmer and Cook, but stopped in for a cream cheese brownie which was very good. The Vegan Mexican wedding cookie was only so so, the whole place smelled great though, looks like a terrific lunch spot.

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