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Aug 4, 2010 10:01 AM

Lunch in Ventura

I'm being sent to Ventura (the city, not the street) next week for work and am looking for a reasonably priced ($10-12 per person or less) non hole in the wall type of place to have lunch with our consultant team. (They are coming from Chicago and Kentucky) I think we would be okay with any type of fare- I did a quick google search and really only came up with Mexican places. Not my favorite but will probably appeal to the masses.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Get those people from Chicago and KY to understand the importance of tri-tip in the California BBQ culture and go to the recently opened Ventura Wood Ranch for appeal-to-the-masses (and delicious) tri-tip, plus excellent sides and salads, all served in a handsome, comfortable restaurant ( ), followed by the new McConnell's ice-cream store nearby for Bordeaux Strawberry, Turkish Coffee, or, really, any of their outstanding flavors. I haven't yet been to either of these new outlets, but this ain't haute cuisine, and nearly 20 years of experience with their other restaurants/stores around Southern California tells me they'll be well suited to the kind of meal you have in mind.

    McConnells Fine Ice Cream and Yogurts
    3441 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003

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    1. re: hnsbmg

      Wood Ranch BBQ is much better than average for a chain, and I *love* McConnell's, but the tri-tip will blow your budget:

      1. re: maxzook

        At lunch, you can get three ample tri-tip sliders for $7.95, which is more than enough for most people. There are also a couple of tri-tip salads and a tri-tip sandwich for $11.95. Even the full order of tri-tip is only $13.95 (because you get only one side at lunch). It's a relative bargain, considering the quality of the food.

      2. re: hnsbmg

        We like Wood Ranch just fine for a local chain and their version of tri-tip is fairly tasty, but not at all representative of California-style tri-tip. They do theirs more Texas-style, roasting it to medium-well and using a heavy tomato-based sauce, two things any real Santa Maria BBQ joint would never do.

      3. The Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street would fit the bill. Don't be thrown by the Johnny Rockets ambiance -- it's an authentic '50s-era place, with reasonable prices for good basic diner fare.

        Busy Bee Cafe
        478 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

        1. How about lunching at the Ventura Harbor. Fabulous time of year. Sit outside overlooking the Marina at either Brophy Bros. or Andrias. Both are great, casual spots offering seafood items. or,
          This is where I would go w/out-of-towners. You can get to the Marina from Harbor Blvd. either from Seward (s) or Victoria(W). Was there yesterday at the ES Mandalay Bay Resort. Weather was delicious!

          Brophy Bros. Seafood Restaurant
          1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001