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Oct 6, 2010 04:30 PM

Dinner near Agoura Hills?

I'll be staying in Agoura Hills all next week on business. Any suggestions for dinner near? Great steak place? Healthy options too. Thanks.

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  1. Try the Wood Ranch BBQ in Agoura

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    1. re: mucho gordo

      I agree mucho, Gordo. For moderate cost in that area, you can't beat Wood Ranch BBQ ( ), a small chain of attractive places that I've been patronizing since 1993. The tri-tip is the best I've had in a restaurant -- as with any beef steak or roast, I slice it thin across the grain -- and the sides (mac 'n cheese, peanut slaw, sauteed mushrooms and peppers, sweet potato fries, etc.) and salads are excellent. Hint: the waiters are very friendly, but giving them a serious look or two at the beginning helps suppress any tendency towards the "Hi, I'm Brad" school of service that sometimes erupts at WR.

      Low-to-moderate: I agree about Brent's ( ), especially the corned beef (haven't tried the too "sweet" chopped liver, however). Their huge chocolate eclair makes a great dessert for you and a small village. I've actually never eaten in the restaurant -- always take-out -- but it's a handsome, modern-looking place, very different in ambiance from the original Brent's in Northridge, which is inviting in an old-school way.

      Staying in the general Agoura Hills area, you can get a very enjoyable, if often-expensive, meal at The Grill ( ), a branch of The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, where I've been eating since the early Eighties. The Westlake Village Grill is a fine-looking place that serves excellent modern versions of American classics -- chicken pot pie, short ribs, shrimp cocktail, strawberry shortcake, etc. -- in addition to top-quality steaks, chicken, and fish, and they have a separate menu every evening with three courses at a lower price (several choices for the main course). My favorite dinner at The Grill is their prime-rib special on Sundays: a huge, bone-in cut of outstanding beef -- delicately flavored, tender, and juicy -- served au jus with good creamed spinach and (unfortunately, too-bready) Yorkshire pudding. If that interests you, be sure to reserve in advance, because they're generally out of prime rib before 6 p.m. I often skip lunch and go early to be sure I'm among the chosen ones.

      Agoura Hills, Westlake Village ... that part of town is not a CH hot-spot, but you CAN eat well if you choose well.


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

      Wood Ranch Bar-B-Que
      5050 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

      The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village
      120 Promenade Way, Westlake Village, CA 91362

      1. re: Harry Niletti

        Thanks to all for suggestions. Will definitely try Wood Ranch and Brents. Their (Brents) Philly steak sandwich is SO wrong though (I'm from Philadelphila). Everything else looks great and the Wood Ranch looks like a must try.

    2. If you are looking for something a little fancier Saddle Peak Lodge is just down the road.

      Saddle Peak Lodge
      419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

      1. If you are a beer drinker I'd recommend Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie. Good selection of beer, including belgian-style house brews, and the food is decent, at least the food I've had.


        1. I would suggest Leila's, right next to Agoura in Oak Park it's fantastic. For Steak I would venture to Thousand Oaks and dine at Mastro's

          Mastros Restaurant
          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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          1. re: gdodgerfan

            Brent's Deli in Westlake Village is a must and it is very close.


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

            1. re: SIMIHOUND

              Brent's is great but don't get their chopped liver unless you like it on the sweet side. BLECH

            2. Forget Wood Ranch, try WIlly's BBQ, just off the 101. They used to have a Mon & Tues, all you can eat BBQ special for $12; spare ribs, pulled pork, and I believe, tri tip with a few sides.

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              1. re: reality check

                Willy's? Over Wood Ranch?
                Mostly a matter of taste, but we went into Willy's one Sunday afternoon, the place was nearly empty, they were *very* slow, and they still didn't get several of our orders right. Nor were they terribly apologetic, nor did they give us a break on the check, etc.

                1. re: asimen

                  Umm, yes.

                  Wood Ranch is chain, though good, it can't touch Willy's. Who does a good job with their ribs.

                  1. re: asimen

                    I concur. I went to Willy's once and had pretty much the same experience, with the addition of too high prices for the quantity and quality of the food.

                    Yes, WR is a small chain, but we go often, and to different ones (Agoura, Moorpark and Camarillo) and the quality is always the same. Yes, it won't knock your socks off, but it's good food, adequate size portions and fairly priced. You know what you're going to get, no surprises! I like their Beef Ribs, buckeye burger, bbq chicken and all of their salads. I'm not a fan of the tri tip since they won't cook it rare enough for me.

                    I've never been back to Willy's and probably never will go back, especially since WR is right there.