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Restaurants trending local................. 6 Area chefs share what’s cooking for 2011

Small Plates are in.................................11 Sometimes less is more

Local restaurants unchained..........14 Restaurateurs aim high in familiar surroundings

Food and Wine Directory................................... 18 Cover photo by Chris Jensen©2011 A special annual presentation of

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s we look down the road at 2011, one can’t help but wonder what culinary trends and

techniques are headed our way. We spoke with a few local chefs, and each offered a unique perspective. Yet, all of them agree on one thing: eating local is not a trend; rather, it is an approach that is here to stay. Martin

Ledesma,

executive

chef and owner of Sugar Beets in Oxnard, has noticed that people are increasingly more drawn to fresh, local food. “They want their food fast, but they want it to be healthy,” he says. On Sugar Beets’ spring menu, Ledesma will be offering a variety of fresh fruit sauces, like blood orange and blackberry, to Continued on Page 8

Martin Ledesma stays on top of trends by dining in other restaurants and seeing what other chefs are doing. “When they do something right, I learn from them. And when they do something wrong, I learn from them,” he says. 6—

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Generous Margaritas Homemade Chips and Salsa Live Entertainment Every Weekend The Best Patio Dining in Downtown Ojai

Great Mexican Food in Ojai Open Tues - Sun 11am - 9pm

805-646-6353

Natural Foods

106 Montgomery Street, Ojai, CA www.agavemarias.com

Healthy Deli • Fresh Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily • Made to Order Sandwiches and Salad Bar • Specialty Free Range Chicken and Salmon Specials Daily • Vegetarian and Vegan Choices every meal • Market offers Fresh Organic Produce

• Eco-Farmed, Grass-Fed Beef • Organic Beer ad Wine • Large Selection of Gourmet Cheese • Vitamins and Supplements • Books and Natural Cosmetics • Organic Coffees and Teas • Knowledgeable Staff • Catering

Ojai’s Community Gathering Place & Health Food Store 211 E. Matilija Street, Ojai, California • Store: 805-646-4017 Deli: 805-646-6623


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verywhere I go these days, there seems to be another menu offering a small-plate menu. In the

late 1990s, tapas became the food du jour, and since then, many new and interesting options in the small-plate genre have become available to us throughout Ventura County. It would be impossible to list them all in the short space available; I will try to geographically list some of my favorite locations for sampling this culinary alternative. First, in the southernmost tip of the county in Thousand Oaks is an unlikely option. On the second floor of Nordstrom at The Oaks Shopping Center, 346 W. Hillcrest Drive, 418-4010, is a warm and inviting restaurant called Blue Stove. The owner/manager of this elegant little eatery is Kian Farzadram, who owned Hornblower’s in the harbor for many years. Taking his restaurant expertise and combining it with Nordstrom’s exacting standards, Blue Stove offers an exceptional small-plates menu – I particularly like the risotto croquettes with serrano ham and roasted garlic tomato sauce and the braised short ribs with wilted spinach in a red wine demi-glace. This great small-plates menu is not just for the ladies who lunch. Go down the hill to Camarillo and visit Enoteca Toscana, 2088 E. Ventura Blvd., 445-1433. Owner/chef Antonio Anderson offers many dishes made with local proContinued on Page 12

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ma, crispy noodles) are great choices.

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sonal vegetables.

Collis has been creating unique plates

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es in Ventura County, every diner will

In downtown Ventura, two small-

for the last nine years. When I visit,

lutely need to visit Azu, 457 E. Ojai

be able to find just the right choice for

plates options stand out. If you go to

I always have the prosciutto, fig and

Ave., 640-7987. Everything is special

the palate. All small plates listed here

the rooftop bar at Watermark (W20),

gorgonzola stuffed mushrooms. The

at Azu; my favorite small dish is a

range from $5 to $15.

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unchained you can make it at home and from scratch or you can go out to a restaurant that makes it from scratch, that’s even better,” says Nishizaki. “I think that makes a difference. I think people can taste the difference.” Nishizaki says the disadvantage of working in a familiar-looking building is that some people expect the same dishes they remember. “I would say that 85 percent of the people who stay and dine here enjoy it, but there are those die hard I-Hop fans,” says Nishizaki. Frank

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Brendan’s Irish Pub has transformed a former Sizzler site into a bustling restaurant and bar.

by Alex Wilson “What? This isn’t Coco’s!” Micah Thomas, manager of Lure Fish House in Camarillo since

and Restaurant in Camarillo taking over an old Sizzler site, and a former Applebee’s restaurant in Simi Valley turning into Howie’s Grill & Bar. Robin

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upscale seafood restaurant thinking

opened during January in a space

it’s the chain restaurant the building

on Channel Islands Boulevard previ-

once housed. But that hasn’t stopped

ously occupied by an International

Lure from setting high standards

House of Pancakes. He says most

for quality food, service and atmo-

of his customers are thrilled with

sphere. And business is booming,

having a healthier and more unique

says Thomas.

experience than the chains provide.

It’s an example of an acceler-

“Everything’s so processed these

ating trend whereby chain restau-

days, and there are so many chain

rant buildings are transformed

restaurants. Not to put any chain

into places with more local flavor.

restaurant down because they’re in

Others include Brendan’s Irish Pub

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Downtown Listings Anacapa Brewing Company 472 E. Main Street Ventura 805.643-BEER(2337) Anacapabrewing.com

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Anacapa Brewing Company offers a great selection of handcrafted ales, a menu of delicious and original meals and a warm friendly meeting place. Whether in a suit and tie or shorts and flip flops, you will always feel welcomed by our familiar staff of long term employees. You will feel right at home in the Anacapa’s 120 year old beautifully restored brick building, with multiple HD TVs & warm decor. Making it a great place to meet with friends to catch game or just aDtheProof to unwind after work.

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ANACAPA BREWING COMPANY 472 E.Main Street Downtown Ventura

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A True Taste of Italy in Downtown Ventura come experience chef andy brooks’ bold and inventive cuisine.

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fresh, healthy and just the way you wanted it….…mild, medium, or spicy or even very spicy. Brooks Restaurant 545 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura (805) 652-7070 www.restaurantbrooks.com

Brooks is located in the historic Downtown district of Ventura, just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Andy Brooks focuses on local seasonal ingredients for his bold and inventive New American Cuisine. Full Bar, 5 course Tasting Menu available. Café FiorePalermo Client:

At Cajun Kitchen we are cooking with jazz, bringing a little bit of Louisiana to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties! With over 25 years experience we strive to give you a fabulous dining experience in authentic southern cuisine whether it be breakfast or lunch. The Ventura location is open to serve you Monday – Friday between 6:30 am and 2:30 pm and 7:00 am to 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Voted best breakfast year after year! Chicago’s  Ribs and More  692 East Main Street Ventura (805) 641-0812 www.chicagosribsandmore.com

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Located in the heart of Downtown Ventura, Café Fiore Restaurant and Martini Lounge is an understated elegant spot for traditional rustic Italian cooking with a southern flare. Party with DJ’s and live music in our “Tree House Lounge”, where private cabanas and bottle service are available. Cajun Kitchen

Full Bar – Delivery – Take Out –Catering. Café Fiore 66 California St. Ventura (805) 653-1266 www.fiorerestaurant.net

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Downtown’s Favorite Coffee & Gelato

Gelato Bar with 18 daily flavors Freshly Roasted Coffees & Espresso Drinks Proudly Serving Beacon Coffee Organic Teas & Locally Baked Pastries

321 East Main Street

HOURS: Monday -Thursday 6am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 6am-10pm, Sunday 7am-8pm

643.3070

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make for sensational dining.  Full bar, extensive wines by the glass, and live entertainment in a historic building at the end of Main St., across from Mission San Buenaventura.

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Located in the heart of Downtown Ventura, Café Fiore Restaurant and Martini Lounge is an understated elegant spot for traditional rustic Italian cooking with a southern flare. Party with DJ’s and live music in our “Tree House Lounge” , where private cabanas and bottle service are available. Good Bar and Grill 533 E Main. St. Ventura (805) 641-9951 Facebook.com/pages/Good-bar-Grill

Nature’s Grill 566 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 643-7855

Our tantalizing menu features a wide selection of delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and more, all for the healthy eater. Nature’s Grill is also a favorite lunch spot among the downtown crowd, many of whom visit the restaurant daily. Most popular menu items include ground turkey, tofu, veggies, fresh fish, rice and fresh fruit smoothies, all at very reasonable prices.

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Rice Thai

A true taste of Italy in downtown! Ubaldo Foschi has made “Sicily Pizzeria Trattoria” a quaint authentic Italian eatery, featuring Italian cuisine with many Sicilian specialties and flavors. For lunch & dinner, guests consistently experience great food and outstanding service at a reasonable price.  Under new management Since July 2010. Tipps Thai Cuisine

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Voted Best New Restaurant in the 2010 Best of Ventura County readers poll. Rice Thai offers many varieties of Sake including hot, cold & draft along with many varieties of healthy teas and daily lunch specials. Rosie Lee Imports

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Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant CAM 1 1755 E. Daily Drive Camarillo (888) 811-5818 www.brendans.com

Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant provides our guests with an authentic Irish pub atmosphere, traditional Irish cuisine, and unique service and attention.

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Agave Maria’s Restaurant and Cantina Ojai 1 106 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai (805) 646-6353 www.agavemarias.com

Inspired by History, the love of great food and drink, and a passion for our community. fresh, wholesome ingredients. Great Margaritas and homemade chips and salsa and the best patio in downtown Ojai Hours: 11:30am to 9:00pm everyday, except Mondays

Barrel 33 Ojai 2 1067 E. Thompson Blvd. – Ventura 1 Ventura (805)652-1810 308 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai (805) 646-1555 www.barrel33.com

We would now like to invite and welcome you to Barrel 33. We have an extensive wine list with eclectic selections to suit everyone’s palate, served by the glass or by the bottle, as well as

beer and cocktails from your new favorites to your all time classics. We are serving a Fresh Light Fare menu to accompany your favorite beverage.

Big Buddha Lounge ojai 3 530 Ventura Ave. Oak View (805) 649-2832 www.bigbuddhalounge.com

Located at the top of the hill in Oak View, Big Buddha Lounge is part furniture lounge, part Beer & Wine Bar, part café and part live music venue. Come spend

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328 East Ojai Avenue Ojai (805) 646-0207

108 South Montgomery St Ojai (805) 646-2723

Located in the heart of Ojai, Bonnie Lu’s is not only Family Friendly, but also serves up Homemade, Fresh, Down Home “Good Fixins”. You will be greeted with friendly smiles and food prepared beyond expecta-

Since 1985 we have been serving freshly baked goods, freshly made Breakfast and Lunch items including: Quiche, omelets, deli-style sandwiches, our original Topa Topa and Ojai Salads. Plus an emporium of other delicious house made entrees. We make all of our items from scratch and to order. We don’t serve fast food,just the freshest food made as quickly as possible.

Rainbow Bridge Natural Food Ojai 6 211 East Matilija Street Ojai (805) 646-4017 www.rainbowbridgeojai.com

Nestled in the heart of Ojai, Rainbow Bridge provides a wide range of healthy and natural products. In the general store, we carry a vast selection of specialty foods, many of which are made from organic ingredients and formulated for special diets. Our deli offers salads, sandwiches, juices, smoothies, and hot foods.

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Mother-and-daughter team Suzanne Roll and Sandra Moore are behind this midpriced Ojai eatery whipping up “wonderful” French-Italian fare from “the freshest ingredients”, many harvested from the back garden; many say it “never disappoints” thanks to an “elegantly homey” Continued on Page 20

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Waterfront Dining in the Channel Islands Harbor

Experience The Flavors of Brazil

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Come experience the real flavor of Brazil. Try our Shrimp Bobo, Fish Moqueca, Fried Plantains, Yucca and more. Daily lunch specials. Moqueca serves authentic Brazilian Cuisine, has harbor views and pleasant staff.

Roxsbury Deli OXN 11 443 W. Channel Islands Blvd. Port Hueneme (805)985-2504

Featuring a casual Americana theme we combine regional favorites with ethnic specialties. The menu can be described as eclectic with a wide variety of foods: homemade soups, salads, unique appetizers, burgers, overstuffed sandwiches as well as a complete dinner menu featuring fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and more. Don’t forget our irresistible desserts!

Sugar Beets OXN 12 455 South A St Oxnard (805) 240-7777 Sugarbeetsrestaurant.com

A new tradition in Downtown Oxnard. We offer new and exciting California Fusion Cuisine, paired with outstanding service, fabulous bar and great location.

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Oxnard

5th Street Steak and Seafood OXN 18 231 West 5th Street Oxnard (805)483-0200

Full service steak and seafood restaurant at Centennial Plaza in Downtown Oxnard. Burgers, Sandwiches, Steaks, Seafood and daily lunch specials. The outdoor fire pit is a great spot to enjoy their signature cocktail “The Godfather”.

BG’s Café OXN - 3 428 S. Oxnard Blvd Oxnard (805)487-0700

A local downtown favorite since 1971, dishing up breakfast, lunch and awardwinning salsa. Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina – OXN 4 1041 S. Oxnard Blvd Oxnard (805)487-6933 Caboseafoodgrill.com

A visit to Cabo should be all about good times, good food, and time with friends over a frosty margarita talking about the one that got away, even if it wasn’t a fish!!! At Cabo we use the freshest ingredients available and cook your meals to order. We serve most everything with fresh hot handmade tortillas. If you would like to

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take some home, they are available to-go by the dozen. Remember Cabo when you plan your next party. We cater for groups large and small.

China Square OXN 5 450 S. B Street Oxnard (805)487.9988

Open in Centennial Plaza, this Chinese Restaurant boasts Szechuan & Mandarin cuisine. China Square has been a local’s favorite for years. Come find out why!

Fisherman’s Catch OXN 6 3960 Tradewinds Drive Oxnard (805)985.6200 Fishermenscatch.com

Fishermen’s Catch specializes in catching fresh white sea bass, local halibut, crabs and lobsters. The Guglielmo’s opened Fishermen’s Catch to bring fresh affordable fish to the public. They take pride in both their fish and their customers. After fishing in the early morning you can visit them at the Fish Market and Grill. They purchase the fish they don’t catch from high-quality vendors from all around the United States. If we don’t eat it…We won’t sell it. Come visit us at Fishermen’s Catch as we are “Redefining Fresh.”

Fresh and Fabulous Café OXN 7 The Woolworth Building 401 South A Street Oxnard (805) 486-4547 www.myfreshandfabulous.com

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From quiche, to warm and crusty panini to a flavorful variety of salads, you won’t be dissapointed. Try our all homemade specialties such as bruschetta, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, and hummus. Learn more about our Breakfast and Lunch Menu by visiting our website.

Herzog Wine Cellar / Tierra Sur Restaurant OXN 8 3201 Camino del Sol Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 983-1560 Herzogwinecellars.com

Tierra Sur Restaurant, inside Herzog Wine Cellars new state-of-the-art winery, is Chef Todd Aarons’ second incarnation of Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine, this time utilizing California’s local produce. Chef Aarons is a veteran of Zuni Café in San Francisco and Savoy in Manhattan, and is now returning home to California to make Tierra Sur his new abode.

La Dolce Vita OXN 9 740 S. B St. Oxnard, CA 93030 (805) 486-6878 www.ladolcevtiadimare.com

La Dolce Vita offers the best in fine Italian cuisine. As a family owned and operated restaurant, our staff is dedicated to providing you with a combination of exquisite food and impeccable service. Add to that a warm and inviting cocktail lounge and fireplace room for private parties, La Dolce Vita truly is “The Sweet Life.”

Moqueca OXN 10 3550 S. Harbor Blvd #201 Channel Islands Harbor (Marine Emporium Landing) (805)204.0970 Moquecarestaurant.com

The Italian Job café, located appropriately across from Hollywood Beach, is a casual dining destination fun for the whole family. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. While it’s not necessary, we always appreciate reservations. Buon Appetito!

The Kitchen OXN 14 529 S. A Street Oxnard (805) 385-8980

Bakery and restaurant featuring international and American cuisine, casual dining, brew pub serving craft beers. Catering and personal chef services available. Banquet facility available for events with seating up to 220.

Sea Fresh OXN 15 3550 S. Harbor Blvd. Channel Islands Harbor 93035 (805) 204-0974 Seafreshci.com

Sea Fresh Channel Islands is located in the BEAUTIFUL Channel Islands Harbor in the newly renovated Marine Emporium Landing. With two outdoor patios right on the water, it is the PERFECT place to enjoy a Bloody Mary and watch the boats go by. Offering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily, Sea Fresh offers a variety of menu items including a sushi and oyster bar. Come on Sundays to the Farmers Market located in the parking lot of the Marine Emporium Landing.

The Lookout Bar & Grill OXN 16 2800 S. Harbor Blvd Channel Islands Harbor 93035 (805) 985-9300 Thelookoutchannelislands.com

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Tomas Café OXN 17 622 S. A Street Oxnard (805)483.6633 Tomascafe.com

Tomas Café is serving breakfast and lunch daily with the best coffee in town. Try something new with our daily specials. We are making fresh morning pastries everyday including Scones, Danishes, Turnovers, Cinnamon Rolls, and Muffins.

Santa Paula

Enzo’s At Glen Tavern Inn SP1 134 N. Mill St. Santa Paula 805-933-3444 www.glentavern.com

Santa Paula

Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere at Enzo’s in the historic Glen Tavern Inn, celebrating its 100th birthday this year. From pizza favorites to gourmet entrees; separate lunch menu and daily specials. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Familia Diaz Café & Cantina SP2 245 South 10th Street Santa Paula (805) 525-2813

w w w. f a m i l i a d i a z re s t a u r a n t . c o m Celebrating 75 years of serving fine Mexican food, Famillia Diaz Café & Cantina is a Ventura County Historic Landmark and Santa Paula traditon for four generations.

Fillmore & Western Railway SP3 351 Santa Clara Ave Fillmore 805-524-2546 www.fwry.com

Make reservations to dine on board the vintage restored rail cars. Make your next event a truly special occasion. Learn more about dinner trains and food service online. Remember any place is simply a restaurant!

Garmans Restaurant & Irish Pub SP4 932 East Main Street Santa Paula (805) 933-4600 http://garmanspub.com/

Garman’s Pub is a place where family, friends, and strangers (soon to become friends) gather to enjoy incredible food, great drink, traditional entertainment and honest conversation. We are about people engaging one another in the epicenter of Santa Paula.

Hozy’s Grill SP5 1760 E Lemonwood Dr Santa Paula 805) 525-1068 www.hozysgrill.com

Ventura

Nestled in the beautiful Heritage Valley of Ventura County, our restaurant provides a variety of dishes; whatever your appetite is calling out for.

for lunch or dinner. We are now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Stop in for your next business lunch or experience fine dining for special events. Hozy’s Grill also provides an extensive and broad wine selection, as honored and recognized Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards.  Come out and ‘taste for yourself’!

Allison’s Country Café VTA 2

The Mupu Grill SP6 930 East Main Street Santa Paula (805) 525-9779

Located in historic downtown Santa Paula, CA, The Mupu Grill invites you to join us

Ventura

3429 Telegraph Rd, Ventura (805) 644-9072

Family owned and operated, serving the BEST homemade biscuits and jams alongside the breakfast cuisine voted #1 in both VC Reporter and VC Star. Breakfast and lunch served 7 days. On Telegraph just west of Mills, across from the bus depot.

Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market VTA 3 1449 Spinnaker Drive, Suite A Ventura (805) 654-0546

Opened in Ventura in 1982, Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Fresh Fish Market is located in the beautiful Ventura Harbor. The waterfront restaurant’s heated patios make for fun and casual dining.

Art’s Corner Café VTA 4 1907 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura (805) 653-5011

Art’s Corner Café is a comfortable environment to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Early Bird specials are served daily. Our menu serves a variety of favorites and people come in every day to try our thin and light corner cakes and our homemade burger buns. We look forward to serving you soon!

Brophy Bothers VTA 5 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village (805) 639-0865 www.brophybros.com

After serving locals and visitors in Santa Barbara for a number of years, Brophy

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Have lunch with us at the Reagan Library! Come visit the All-New Presidential Museum, integrating hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays! Cafe guests dine either indoors or on the outdoor patio, enjoying breathtaking mountain and valley views. For full Cafe menu visit: www.cpcatering.com/reagancafe (805) 577-8272 Cafe open daily 10:00am to 4:30pm

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Come BaCk For The Food You Love!

Ventura county’s dining guide Brothers opened its second location in Ventura Harbor in 2007. Bringing the same quality of fresh produce and outstanding service, Brophy Brothers ensures an enjoyable dining experience with every visit.

Café Zack VTA 6 1095 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura (805) 643-9445 www.cafezack.com

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For 17 years, proprietors Hector Gomez and Alphonso Bello have welcomed customers into this charming eatery as if they were guests in their home. Outstanding service, extraordinary cuisine, and small handcrafted artisanal wineries on the extensive wine list make this spot a perennial favorite among foodies.

Gourmet Oriental VTA 8 67 W Main St # C Ventura (805) 643-8188

Dine-in, take-out or catering, Gourmet Oriental has been serving fine Chinese food for over 20 years. With authentic flavors and a friendly staff, they are ABC Channel 7’s pick as Top Chinese Restaurant in Ventura County.

Harbor Cove Café VTA 9 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura (805) 658-1639 www.harborcovecafe.com

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on from Santa Barbara to Ventura, some of the area’s finest dining takes place right within the hotel. The Shoals presents an ever-changing menu specializing in fresh local seafood and produce and offers both indoor and alfresco seating beside the blue Pacific. The Shoals is open every night for dinner and every day for lunch, with brunch available Sundays.

next door to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor’s Center and Museum (free admission), so we are family friendly. We have outdoor patio and picnic table seating in a grassy area just steps from the water and boat docks. We are dog friendly, so bring Fido too. Come check us out. Our food is great, the portions are generous and the prices reasonable. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Local Café VTA 11 1751 East Main Street Ventura (805) 643-0237 www.thelocalcafeventura.com

“Farm to Table” is not just a phrase with us, but a way of life. We carefully select only the freshest seasonal ingredients for the items we offer at The Local Cafe Ventura. Located just east of Downtown Ventura on Main Street, The Local Cafe offers a tasty, natural, and healthy alternative to fast food. In the mood for sandwiches, hearty soups, salads, with only locally grown ingredients, or any one of our daily specials, The Local Cafe a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and will prepare it at the time you order to guarantee its freshness. If this proof meets your approval

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Voted the best in Ventura county, we specialize in Vietnamese and Hawaiian cuisine. We are professional with our work, on time, provide good food, and go out of our way to make any event the best. We have the best service, bartenders and price.

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Ocean Pride Seafood sells only the finest seafood. In our Fresh Fish Case you will see only the choicest cuts of seafood. In the back you may choose a live lobster during lobster season. Owner, Tom Moore, has been in the fish business since 1983, and believes in using only the freshest, finest (APPRoved) seafood. Ocean Pride’s prouducts, cooking suggestions, and recipes will help you create a truly enjoyable dining experience at home.

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Pete’s Breakfast House VTA 14 2055 E. Main Street

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Q & Q Hawaiian B.B.Q. offers a unique dining experience. Our great Hawaiian meals and great selection will keep you coming back for more. Whether you are planning an intimate meal for two or a party for fifty, we’ll help guide you to a wonderful dining experience. We use the freshest ingredients for an authentic Hawaiian BBQ taste.

The Sidecar VTA 16 3029 E Main St Ventura, CA 93003 (805) 653-7433 www.thesidecarrestaurant.com

Chef Tim Kilcoyne is a familiar sight at the local farmers market. Dressed in a white chef’s jacket with the name of his Ventura restaurant, The SIDECAR, embroidered on the front, he patrols the aisles in search of locally grown fruits and vegetables for his ever-changing menus. We are open Tues-Sun, Lunch M-F 11:30am - 2pm and Dinner W-Su 5pm - Close Reg. Menu available Special Menus thruout the year.

TOPPERS PIZZA PLACE VTA 17, OXN 1, OXN 2, CAM 2 West County Delivery – (805) 3854444 East County Delivery - (805) 495-4444 3940 E. Main St. Ventura 627 W. Channel Islands Blvd, Port Hueneme 2100 S. Saviers Rd, 111 E. Gonzales Rd, Oxnard 520 Arneill Rd, Camarillo

7 Locations in Ventura county. Call one number for delivery or take out. Multiple prize winner for best pizza in county also serving salad bar and sandwiches using only the freshest ingredients. Comfortable family dining or speedy delivery. Local owned, not a franchise.

Two Trees Café VTA 18 7822 Telegraph Rd Ventura (805) 659-3365 Twotreescafe.com

Two Trees Café serves excellent breakfast and lunch daily and has been a local’s favorite for years. We offer a wide selection of Sandwiches, Salads, and Homemade Soups along with all your breakfast favorites.

Vagabond Coffee Shop VTA 19 760 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura (805) 643-1390

Vagabond Coffee Shop has been serving Ventura County for over 40 years. Open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner we offer quality home-style cooking at affordable prices.

Ventura Harbor Village VTA 20 1583 Spinnaker Drive Ventura 877-89-HARBOR www.venturaharborvillage.com

Our delectable cuisine will make your mouth water no matter the flavor you’re craving. From savory Mexican, delicate French and authentic Greek to hearty Italian and fresh seafood, you can enjoy an unforgettable meal with a spectacular view of the water.

VENTURA LIMONCELLO www.venturalimoncello.com (805) 658-0881

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