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Feb 14, 2010 11:59 AM

Need recs from Thousand Oaks Chowhounds

We are going to Thousand Oaks to see friends. Are there any adventurous, quality, chowhound-worthy places to eat? We are willing to travel to areas nearby, like Westlake Village or Simi Valley. We are looking for a a mid-level restaurant, something nice, but not bank breaking.

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  1. For breakfast and/or lunch, Harold's House of Omelettes has never disappointed. But don't expect too much in the way of atmosphere. It's mostly locals like contractors before work or folks having a local lunch.

    Portions are huge, but unlike some places that compromise quality in favor of quantity, the quality is also there.

    Harold's House of Omelettes
    2440 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard
    Thousand Oaks

    1. Brent's Deli is always a great choice. Great breakfast choices and really great pastrami and corned beef. Maybe the best Reuben you will have outside NYC.

      2799 Townsgate Road
      Westlake Village, CA 91361

      1. Thank you! We will definitely check out these places. Any dinner recs?

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        1. re: Dagney

          I've been a fan of Cafe Provencal in Thousand Oaks for years. If you enjoy French bistro style cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. They do fill up, especially on weekends, so reservations are a good idea.

          Cafe Provencal
          2310 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

          1. re: creamfinger

            I 2nd Brents it's perfect for breakfast (served all day) and lunch and a casual dinner.

            I found Harold's good but overpriced. Better for breakfast for me. We went to Cafe Provencal once and while not bad we found it too crowded and closed in and not enjoyable.

            For nicer dining you could do The Grill in the Alley (Westlake Promenade) or Cafe 14, a short drive to Agoura Hills.

            If you're jonesing for a good hamburger, go to the Counter on Lindero Canyon in WLV.

            For Thai go to Westlake Thai on Hampshire just off Westlake Blvd. Their beef noodle soup, Westlake rolls and crispy duck are my favorites.

            If you're at the north side of TO, go to Lazy Dog Cafe in the Oaks Mall. Good food at good prices and very friendly atmophere.

            For Mexican we like Lupe's. Nothing fancy but you'll leave full and satisfied without having spent a lot of money (Thousand Oaks Blvd/Erbes).

            I would definitely avoid: Famous Dave's and Nat 'Al's.

            1. re: LesThePress

              My recommendation for Cafe Provencal was based solely on the quality of the food, not the size of the restaurant. As for it being crowded, I can't think of a more ringing endorsement for a restaurant.

              1. re: creamfinger

                I agree about a restaurant being crowded as a good sign. This restaurant is very small and the tables are right next to each other. It doesn't take many people for it to be crowded. We do not enjoy dining with parties on either side where we can hear their conversations and they ours. Not our thing- but if it doesn't bother you then you can have our table!

        2. Grissini - Italian, Agoura Hills - best pizza, interesting pasta menu
          Tuscany - Westlake Village
          Fin's - Westlake Village
          Latigo Kid - Mexican, Agoura Hills - great margaritas, best beans, superb carnitas
          Cafe Provencal - we have always had great experiences, wonderful food, although eclectic

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          1. re: perkin

            Fin's and Tuscany will break their bank.

            1. re: LesThePress

              What happened in Newport? Curious as to where you went.

              1. re: BubblyOne

                We were set to go to Bistro Pascal, but the weather was nasty so we had dinner at the restaurant in our hotel, a steak house called Sam & Harry's. It was more expensive than BP, but the convenience of not having to drive and staying in the hotel won out.

                We had a good meal there. The people were very nice and went out of thier way to accomodate us. I had a Rib Eye (charred rare, but was a little undercooked) which was excellent. In fact, everything was good except the scalloped potatoes (side) which was disappointing. Wine list was very accessable (we had a Ridge Zinfadel) and the Martini's were really good too. Fortunately since we didn't have to drive we could drink (and we did)!

                A little over $200 for the two of us, probably a better meal than BP (but cost more) but a good decision which we don't regret at all.

                Thanks for asking.