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

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spirimover Sep 15, 2010 09:51 AM

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. Jordan RE: spirimover Sep 15, 2010 10:16 AM

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

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

    1. Hughlipton RE: spirimover Sep 15, 2010 01:52 PM

      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. maxzook RE: spirimover Sep 15, 2010 04:51 PM

        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.

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        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
          Hughlipton RE: maxzook Sep 15, 2010 06:07 PM

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

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            maxzook RE: Hughlipton Sep 16, 2010 09:11 AM

            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
              Hughlipton RE: maxzook Sep 16, 2010 09:35 AM

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

        2. Kitchen Queen RE: spirimover Sep 15, 2010 11:28 PM

          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

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

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

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