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Sep 15, 2010 09:51 AM

Need a recommendation for a good restaurant half way between LA and Santa Barbara

I live in Burbank and I want to meet a friend today for lunch who lives in Santa Barbara. We want to find some place half way. Any recommendations? Please advise asap.

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  1. I just did that drive last weekend. We stopped at Brent's Deli in Westlake Village. Good menu of Jewish deli standards.

    Brent's Deli
    2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

    1. Santa Barbara is approximately 90 miles from Los Angeles. Half way would be about Ventura. I would highly recommend Tutti's Off Main. GREAT patio, excellent food and a good bar and wine list. Excellent and helpful service. Who could ask for anything more. By the way, if it's brunch and you like eggs Benedict this is a good place to splurge on the waistline and order them. That and some Champagne and life is good.

      1. As the 101 runs, the exact halfway point between LA and SB is the Conejo Grade, which is a little thin on the dining front ;)

        If you're willing to go as far as Ventura, my recommendation is Jonathan's at Peirano's for its Mediterranean menu, or the adjacent J.'s Tapas.

        J's Tapas
        204-208 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

        Jonathans At Peiranos
        204-208 E Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

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        1. re: maxzook

          Max? Ventura would be what, another 20 to 25 miles at the most?

          1. re: Hughlipton

            The point I was trying to make: LA and SB are close enough that you can be very flexible as to how close to exactly "halfway" you want to make it.

            LA to SB = 95 miles
            Downtown LA to Calabasas = 29 miles
            Ventura to SB = 30 miles

            So anywhere between Calabasas and Ventura and close to the 101 should be fair game.

            1. re: maxzook

              Most likely a lot of good places to be found in Westlake Village.

        2. Probably too late now but, for the future the cafe at the Camarillo Airport is really terrific. Camarillo is not a bad 1/2 spot to think about. There's the outlet mall, chain restaurants like Wood Ranch and Souplanation, and a couple of non-chain eateries. Camarillo Airport cafe is a fun place as well. Sit outside and watch the small planes come/go, helicopters land or view the training course used by the police dept. Omelets are great as well as burgers, salads and sammys. I also like Peking Inn for their seafood soup however, they have the typical chinese lunch specials. There's also a new place supposed to open soon called Bariloche. In the same complex as Peking Inn. For really casual, I also like Snapper Jack's Taco Shack, in a shopping center off Santa Rosa Rd. :) KQ

          Peking Inn Restaurant
          330 N Lantana St, Camarillo, CA 93010

          Snapper Jack Taco Shack
          4850 Santa Rosa Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012