Ojai: Picks and Pans
Betty Lu's - kind of a 50's type diner on main drag, very local, pretty good eggs benedict, short on the authentic hollandaise but good on the gooey and savory. Indifferently prepared hash browns.
Ojai Ice cream - standard flavors, nothing special
Burt's Bookstore - read and linger tea/coffee shop in delightful outdoor large used book store setting
Meditation Mount - tea shop at location of lovely, serene setting, lingering for views and contemplative pathways. Good place for the "Pink Moment" (see below)
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa - gorgeous outdoor terrace grill for breakfast, pricey but the view is free. Fresh squeezed orange juice, very good coffee. Close to heaven feeling.
SeaFresh: apparently a "chain" since it just opened and menu claims it was founded in 1987 in a town that eschews "chains" - formulaic food. Not recommended, but engaging outdoor patio for evening views of the "Pink Moment' when the Topa Topa mountains glow for a few minutes at sunset.
Bocalli's - it is fresh strawberry short cake time - real short-cake, not sponge cake, (August)
The Ranch House - Sunday brunch - always lovely setting but hot under the outdoor awnings, okay food, high prices. Go at least once for the over all effect and history; not the food.
Casa Ojai - complimentary "continental breakfast" pretty slim, some bagels and a toaster.
RAINS department store - good selection of cooking utensils and supplies
Giorgio's - dive sports bar, friendly management, basic bar grub, 22 beers on tap and lots of TV screens
re: gordon wing
The short cake is hot with a crispy-crunching sugar crust -- but who can see it under the pile of strawberries, right? As close to home made as home made - but with the ubiquitous squirt from a can when a dollop of the real cream thing would push it up a notch, esp if flavored with a bit of real vanilla bean ...just like home.
SeaFresh has been in Ojai for a very long time.
They closed down for a complete remodel.
But I agree it is not a place I would recommend.