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Lunch in Ventura

PrettyPlaty Aug 4, 2010 10:01 AM

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. hnsbmg RE: PrettyPlaty Aug 4, 2010 11:07 AM

    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 ( http://woodranch.com/loc_ventura.html ), 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
      maxzook RE: hnsbmg Aug 4, 2010 11:27 AM

      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
        hnsbmg RE: maxzook Aug 4, 2010 12:06 PM

        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
        dgasser RE: hnsbmg Oct 15, 2010 03:35 PM

        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. maxzook RE: PrettyPlaty Aug 4, 2010 11:09 AM

        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. Kitchen Queen RE: PrettyPlaty Aug 4, 2010 04:14 PM

          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. www.andriasseafood.com or, www.brophybros.com
          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

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