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i'm going to be visiting some friends in Camarillo in a few weeks.

Are there any Chow-worthy lunch spots in Camarillo? Any cuisine is OK.

thanx!

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  1. Wood Ranch http://www.woodranch.com/restaurants/... is worth dining at. Not brilliant but solid, enjoyable food at a reasonable price.

    Breakfast at Harold's House of Omelets is good and filling http://eatatharolds.com/HHO/HOME.html although it's about 12 miles or so east of Camarillo.

    Have not been to this place Lure Fish House http://www.lurefishhouse.com/?doing_w...
    but it might be worth checking out.

    Another breakfast place I want to check out is the Waypoint Cafe http://www.thewaypointcafe.com/ at the Camarillo airport.

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    1. re: Servorg

      What's good at Harold's ????

      I've never tried it before, nor heard about, though it would be hard to try if I never tried it before.

      Thanks. As always you are a treasure trove of info.

      1. re: kevin

        I generally have one of their enormous omelets. I think if you get them cooked a little on the "soft" side they are better. Others can say what they want, I've never left here feeling anything but (over) satisfied with my breakfast.

        1. re: Servorg

          Tell me about it.

          I have had way way way way too many "hard" omlettes.

          You'd think it would not be so hard to find a good omlette but it is, especially at those joints that have four hour lines on the weekends.

          On another note, there are few joints that understand the definition of soft scrambled eggs (though Pann's is one of the few that does).

      2. re: Servorg

        We had a surprisingly good breakfast at the Waypoint recently. They've upped their game considerably since they changed a hands a few years back. Get there early, they're crowded (at least on weekends).

        1. re: asimen

          Thanks for weighing in. What did you have?

          1. re: Servorg

            We had Belgian Waffles and fruit. French toast looked good too.

            1. re: Servorg

              Oh, and if you go for lunch on Wednesdays, I think they still have their tri-tip sandwich lunch special.

          2. re: Servorg

            re: Waypoint Cafe - I've been there once and was pleasantly surprised by the food. I had an omelet and thought it was excellent. I remember not being impressed with their coffee and their service not being very good (I think it was just our server having a bad day)... but I'd definitely go back for food (and the view of the airstrip).

          3. Lure Fish house is a very good seafood place. http://www.lurefishhouse.com/ Also in Ventura is the Jolly Oyster at San Buenaventura Beach. http://www.thejollyoyster.com/#!prett...

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            1. re: trojans

              Love the Jolly Oyster. The food truck is only there on the weekends FYI. But you can buy raw clams & oysters from their farms any day of the week. The truck has steamed clams, baked oysters, raw oysters, scallop ceviche, salad and even a grass fed burger. All the seafood is amazing, particularly the oysters baked with bacon & leeks (they bake them just right, not too cooked). Also because it's a state park you can consume your own wine with the food. Cold cooler of bubbly & brews makes this even more awesome.

            2. Oh, come to think of it, also had good breakfasts and lunch at Zzyzx Cafe on Lewis. A little pricey and eclectic, but good.

              There's a decent Mongolian BBQ place on Ventura Blvd in Old Town Camarillo as well.

              And Bandits used to be good as an alternative to Wood Ranch.

              Fast mexican food - check out Ola's, also in old town - huge portions.

              1. I like The Habbit for burgers. Its off the Carmen exit to the 101.

                1. If you are willing to drive south a few minutes (about 15 minutes), I think the BEST find in the area is Brent's Deli in Thousand Oaks. A huge Jewish Deli with incredible sandwiches!

                  1. thanks to everyone's suggestions. this is a start and i'll report back. :>

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                    1. re: chowseeker1999

                      Just in case you are either up for a drive from the Camarillo area some night, or choose to take the scenic route along the Pacific Ocean to or from the LA area, you could try this Brazilian place, Moqueca http://www.moquecarestaurant.com/ in Oxnard Harbor. They offer a type of Brazilian food not found in just about any other Brazilian places around here called "moqueca" (which originates from the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil).

                      1. re: Servorg

                        How was it?

                        1. re: sunnygordy

                          If I lived closer I'd go with some frequency (it would be on my regular rotation - even using the restaurants in LA proper as a gauge).

                          1. re: Servorg

                            i will definitely have to put it on the "Date Night" list. Thanks for the rec!

                        2. re: Servorg

                          Wow, thanks for reminding me about this joint.

                          I now remember that I have not hit it up yet.

                          And also if my memory serves me about the blurb that I read about it a few years back, most of the Moquecas are made to feed two to four people. So I'm not quite sure I can visit as a solo diner when making my trek up the coast to SB.

                          I thought moquecas are from the state of Bahia, and cities like Salvador in the northern reaches of Bazil ???

                          Anyhow, I did have some in Bahia.

                      2. I live in Camarillo. We don't have any real stellar options, but a few solid offerings.

                        Breakfast/Lunch:
                        I prefer Jessica's over Waypoint or Harold's. Waypoint is a bit pricey, & Harold's is a bit far.
                        www.jessicas-cafe.com/‎

                        Mexican:
                        Can't beat Establos Meat Market on Ventura & Lewis. Really authentic flavors & you get to shop the market while you wait!
                        https://plus.google.com/1119729120089...

                        If you want something a little less authentic, but still flavorful, Los Arroyos @ the Outlets is a good option.
                        www.losarroyos.net/‎

                        Mediterranean:
                        Camarillo Supermarket has some really good shwarma & falafel @ the deli.
                        www.camarillosupermarket.com/‎

                        Vietnamese:
                        Love Phò N' Mor
                        341 Arneil Rd
                        Camarillo, CA 93010
                        (805) 484-1881

                        BBQ:
                        I prefer Bandits & St. Francis to Wood Ranch, which is pretty pricey.
                        www.banditsbbq.com/‎
                        www.stfrancisbbq.com/‎

                        Coffee:
                        Element makes great coffee & espresso.
                        http://www.elementcoffeelounge.com/

                        Lure is good, & they have great lunch specials, but if you're in the mood for fish, I would make the jaunt to the Ventura Harbor for Brophy Bros., if for the scenery alone.
                        http://www.brophybros.com/

                        Also, depending on what side of town you're on, Moorpark is only about 15 minutes away & I've found 3 great hidden gems that I really enjoy.

                        Sushi:
                        Tokiwa Sushi
                        476 W Los Angeles Ave
                        Ste B-10
                        Moorpark, CA 93021
                        (805) 517-1999
                        Sit @ the bar & let the chef drive & you will be greatly rewarded.

                        Sandwiches
                        Custom Melt:
                        They do really inventive stuff & have a great beer & wine selection.
                        www.custommelt.com

                        Pizza:
                        Custom Pie
                        Owned by the same guys & right next door, really good Neapolitan-style pies w/ some great gelato & tiramisu for dessert.

                        Oh, & don't forget the Rolling Pin for donuts. Great in the morning, but even better & far more entertaining when you get them late at night with inebriated fellow doughnut lovers all around.
                        Rolling Pin Donuts
                        2153 Las Posas Rd
                        Camarillo, CA 93010
                        (805) 482-8711

                        I hope you enjoy your time in our sleepy little burg!

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                        1. re: sunnygordy

                          I see that you say Wood Ranch is pricy compared to Bandits (never been to Bandits). But the prices I see online at the 2 places look pretty close (just for instance the tri-tip plate is $17.50 vs $17.95).

                          http://e9c6f4232d49a6beac45-2456f4c01...

                          http://woodranch.com/images/assets/di...

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Bandits does some lunch specials & the portions tend to be larger than WR, so there can be leftovers if you choose. But, to each their own.
                            I actually prefer Bob's & Boys or Ranch Hand over both, but neither are in Camarillo.

                            1. re: sunnygordy

                              Now that (portion size) comment gives me pause. I'm a big eater and I've always thought that the portion sizes at Wood Ranch were generous. So if Bandits are really that much bigger I'm impressed.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Then you really should check out Bob's & boy's the next time you're around Oxnard:

                                Bob's & Boy's
                                3753-A Hemlock St
                                Oxnard, CA 93035
                                (805) 750-1520

                                Much more Southern, a lot less Santa Maria-esque.

                          2. re: sunnygordy

                            thanks sunny & servorg. :>

                            The bahia brazilian place sounds wonderful; but i'm not sure i'll be driving out much further, but i bookmarked it. :>

                            sunny, nice list. thanx! i google mapped the moorpark places and it's more like 25 minutes from the part of town i'll be visiting (darn).

                            also, any good places for healthier choices, like delicious Salads or Vegan or Vegetable offerings?

                            1. re: chowseeker1999

                              "...healthier choices, like delicious Salads or Vegan or Vegetable offerings?"

                              In Newbury Park is one branch of the small chain called Natural Cafe http://www.thenaturalcafe.com/index.php (we have not been).

                              1. re: Servorg

                                ooh! this sounds like it could fit the bill nicely. :> thank you!

                                i also discovered i'm meeting my friends near the freeway, and we'll be only ~9 minutes from Oxnard according to google maps. if anyone has great recs near the freeway there, i'm all ears. thanx!

                                1. re: chowseeker1999

                                  Nothing really around the freeway in Oxnard. But, like I said, for BBQ, you can't beat Bob's & Boy's.
                                  healthy eating isn't really big out here, unfortunately. Natural Cafe is ok. I actually Like Los Arroyos in the Outlets. They do a salad I really like (Mama's Salad, I believe) & they have a lot of options which can be veggie-ized.

                            2. re: sunnygordy

                              I second the Love Phò N' Mor recommedation. Ate there a few weeks ago. Everything was excellent. Love my Pho, the tendon was cooked perfectly. Try the Summer Rolls instead of the usual spring roll.

                            3. it's almost time to head out that way. one last query:

                              * are there any authentic Japanese or Chinese restaurants in Camarillo, or near the freeway in Oxnard?

                              tia!

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                              1. re: chowseeker1999

                                Nope.