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Editor Michael Sullivan CONTRIBUTORS Allison Costa, Joan Trossman Bien, Lisa Snider ART DIRECTOR Enrique Candioti Graphic DESIGNERs Christy Sisneros, Bret Hooper, Toby Emery ADVERTISING SALES Peter Burgi, Kellymarie Tracy, Warren Barrett, Marni Howe, Diane Newman Office MANAGER Teresa Wann-Davis PUBLISHER David Comden

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o you ever wonder if local chefs hang out together? Do they sit around drinking beer, sharpening their knives, and talking food and wine pairings late into the night? Do they even know

“We’re a breed of our own, we all go through the same things.” — Jason Collis, chef at Jonathan’s at Peirano’s each other? I was curious, so I talked to some of the area’s best chefs, trying to find out if there is any sense of community amongst them. Charity events, like the annual Casa Pacifica Food and Wine Festival, are one of the few times that they gather

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together in one place, offering them the rare opportunity to hang out and learn from one another. Though some chefs are involved with the Downtown Restaurant Association or the American Culinary Federation (ACF), it is the informal relationships that are the lifeblood for most of them. Some lean on former coworkers and old friends from culinary school. As Alfonso Betancourth, sous chef at Safire Bistro, says, “It’s good to keep in touch, for when you need a different point of view proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof afte or even when you might need a RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. job.” Some know of each other ISSUE: D A S E FA X T H I S P R O O F T O ( 8 0 5 ) 6 4 8 - 2 2 4 5 A S A P and stay in the loop through vendors or cooks that move around. Rachel Main of Main Course California likens her produce vendor, Otto Prado of Produce Available, to an 18th

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touch with the ones you trust.” century messenger delivering Clearly, a lot of people put their news via horseback for his role trust in Nic Manocchio. in keeping her in the loop. So, what is it about Throughout all of these Manocchio that makes him so conversations, one name kept many chefs’ go-to guy? Well, coming up: Nic Manocchio, he is a self-proclaimed peoexecutive chef at C-Street ple person and says, “You can Restaurant. Andy Brooks of never have too many friends.” the restaurant Brooks calls In his eyes, knowing what upon him when looking for purother chefs are doing is the veyors for hard-to-find items. best possible way to learn. The Manocchio calls his relationbenefit to him of all this keepship with Brooks “neighborly ing in touch? “You never know friendly,” and often calls him to when you’re gonna need sometalk through recipe ideas. one’s help.” F Jason Collis from Jonathan’s may call upon Manocchio if he runs out of something, and he is usually there to save the day. this proof over carefully indicate Collis says, “We’reand a breed of all corrections clearly. You will have Will Run is. we If this meets your approval on the 1st proof, check ourAs own; allproof go through the same things.”  Betancourth at Safire calls him to compare notes on how business is going. Alfonso Betancourth, sous chef He says, “It’s a competitive at Safire Bistro, compares notes field, so you don’t want to give with other chefs to see how busiyour secrets out. You keep in ness is going.

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aybe you don’t have the dough to eat out as much as you would like, but some local bakeries offer a small mental vacation for a song. That eyes-closed, secret-smile moment when you first taste the sugary, buttery bite can take you to a place we all know as heaven on earth. It may be the perfect cupcake for some, or an unusual flavor of cheesecake for others, but these bakeries have the goods.

All about the frosting Cupcakery Cupcake Bakery & Boutique

1341 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., #102 Thousand Oaks, 496-0123

Once dismissed as a Westside fancy that catered to young girls wearing party dresses, cupcakes are now considered to be the dessert craved even by manly men. The Cupcakery in Thousand Oaks offers a fairly traditional slate of cupcakes with a few innovations tossed into the mix. Standouts in the selection are the pink velvet, which is a red velvet cake topped with a spectacularly light cream cheese frosting, and the Saturday special called the High Hat, chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting swirled extra high and then dipped in chocolate. Bonus: recipes for some of the booty is online at www.cupcakeryonline.com.

Mooo-ved by the macaroons Royal Bakery

4726 Telephone Road Ventura, 658-6030

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lack of trendy décor. And do not leave the shop without a sufficient stash of two of their cookies. First and very foremost are the macaroons. These memorable little morsels taste nothing like the kind you have probably tasted and not liked. Yes, they are mostly coconut and egg white. But one bite into the light, chewy, buttery cookie that lingers as it reveals a multitude of flavors and textures, and you, too, will feel like writing poetry. The black and white cow cookies are also notable. They are large and pretty and excellent butter cookies with the duality of chocolate and plain sugar icing.

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Palermo in Downtown Ventura offers its customers unique flavors of gelato.

Eat like an Italian in the VC You don’t have to go far to dine in style just as the Italians do! by Lisa Snider

findingojai@aol.com

have the climate, so why not take a trip to Italy right here, right now?

am planning my third trip to Italy, and, as is usually the case, my itinerary revolves around the meals and not the sights. The trip is several months from now, and my voracious appetite simply cannot wait, but I find that right here in Ventura County, we have everything an Italian foodie could possibly want. We have the wine, we have the gelato, we have the osterias and the pizzerias, we even

In Italy, a proper restaurant with crisp, white tablecloths, dim lighting, multiple courses and professional service can be found on every corner. Here, we really have to look for it, but despair not, it can be found! While the menu at Osteria Monte Grappa takes mostly from Northern Italy, it also draws local inspiration from the farmers markets and by sending

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hikers to the backcountry to forage for wild mushrooms. Porcinis or chanterelles find themselves on the specials list, tossed with pasta or polenta and topped with a drizzle of truffle oil and shaved grana padano — a poor man’s parmesan. Molto delizioso!

Osteria Monte Grappa 205 N. Signal St., Ojai, 640-6767

Authentic, handrolled pizzas Pizzerias and tavola caldas (Italy’s version of fast food)

are plentiful in Italy for casual everyday dining. While the VC has pizzerias galore, few are authentic. The southern end of the boot is well-represented by Sicily by Gino in downtown Ventura, where hand-rolled pizzas with fresh ingredients and well-sauced lasagnas keep the customers coming back for more.

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Wine at your fingertips I will never forget my delight at experiencing the self-serve Enomatic machines in a wine bar in Chianti. I was even more delighted when The Cave at Ventura Wine Company opened with the same machines offering 16 red wines and eight chilled white wines poured as one- to five-ounce tastes (from 65 cents to $3 or more). With the swipe of a prepaid card and the push of a button, this is truly the candy store for oenophiles.

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proof over carefully and indicate corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after Every day, Italians enjoy a all copetta (a small RUN AScup) IS. ofIf gelato this proof meets approval on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. on their wayyour home from work. ISSUE: D S E FAGelato X T H is I Sa Pricher, R O O denser F T O version ( 8 0 5 ) of 6 4our 8 - 2ice 2 4 5Osteria A S A PMonte Grappa incorporates local ingredients with its Northern Italy cuisine. cream with more intense flavor. Beautiful displays of homemade gelato can be seen in shop windows throughout Italy, making a daily copetta hard for anyone — tourist or local — to resist. Palermo in Downtown Ventura offers a daily selection of irresistible

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flavors, including dark chocolate, local honey lavender and a blackberry cabernet sorbetto. Magnifico!

Palermo 321 E. Main St., 643-3070

So don’t worry about the plane ticket, just look around the corner and taste what the VC has to offer. Buon appetito! F Lisa Snider is a local freelance writer who has loved Italian food since diving into her first can of SpaghettiOs® . For more, go to www.LisaSnider.com.


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Bobbi’s Mexican Food CAM-1 302 North Lantana St. (Paseo Camarillo Center) Camarillo (805) 484-0103 The quality of the ingredients, the time and patience put into making the sauces, preparing and shredding the meats fresh daily are what separates Bobbi’s from the rest of the crowd. We continue to support local farmers with our fresh produce and meats. Next time you stop in Camarillo, come in, relax and enjoy an authentic Mexican dish at an affordable price, or grab a burrito to go! CASA PACIFICA ANGELS 17TH ANNUAL WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL CAM 2 Cal State University Channel Islands Camarillo Sunday June 6 1pm -5pm Ventura County’s most fabulous benefit with tastes from restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries. Continuous entertainment and both live/silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the children and families of Casa Pacifica, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ emergency shelters, Residential treatment center, and community-based provider. Tickets online www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com or at the door.

CHARN THAI CAM 5 65 East Daily Drive Camarillo (805) 388 -1138 www.charn-thai.com Camarillo’s original Thai restaurant, Charn is Ventura County’s hidden jewel that has been serving high quality and authentic Thai food for over twenty years! Our menu boasts a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads and entrées. From the famous Thai coconut milk soup to stir fried “Pad Thai” noodles and home-made coconut ice cream, nothing falls short of our exquisite menu. Charn is famous for a relaxing, full-service dining experience. We look forward to serving you! Chester’s Asia Chinese Restaurant CAM 6

12-tank stainless steel brewery. With a wide variety of fresh, cutting edge menu items, there’s something for everyone. Come in and enjoy a delicious meal and pint of fresh ale in a 116 year old brick building or sit on our patio right off the sidewalk and take in the scene on Main Street.

Brooks Restaurant DT 2 545 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura (805) 652 -7070 www. restaurantbrooks.com BROOKS is the first restaurant venture for husband and wife team, Andy & Jayme Brooks. Andy focuses on local seasonal ingredients for his bold and inventive a la carte and nightly five course tasting menu of New American Cuisine with multi-cultural influences. Busy Bee Cafe DT 3 478 East Main Street Ventura (805) 643-4864 www.busybeecafe.biz Located in downtown Ventura, the Busy Bee Cafe is a classic 50’s style diner. The retro decor and staple menu items, like chickenfried steak, meatloaf and foot long hot dogs, add to the charm of this classic Main Street joint. Enjoy great food and classic music! C Street Restaurant & AQUA Beachfront Bar DT 4 At the Crowne Plaza Hotel 450 Harbor Blvd. Ventura (805) 648-2100 Treat yourself to California inspired cuisine with a friendly, contemporary atmosphere. Conveniently located by the hotel lobby. Come dine with us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The C-Street restaurant serves daily from 6am-10pm. The new AQUA Beachfront Bar is Ventura, California’s hottest contemporary lounge. Enjoy the pure Gold Coast atmosphere with

Cafe Zack WC 41 1095 East Thompson Blvd. Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 643-9445 Nestled inside a cozy 1930’s style cottage, resides one of Downtown Ventura’s hidden treasures for food lovers everywhere. Cutting edge haute California cuisine prepared with only the freshest ingredients. This family owned and operated business has elevated the cuisine scene in Ventura to new heights. Renowned for their Filet Mignon, fresh seafood and their exceptional wine cellar boasting local boutique vintners as well as Sonoma and Napa’s finest selections. Visit cafezack.com for more.

Camarillo

2216 Pickwick Drive Camarillo (805) 482-6564 For over 41 years, Chester’s has been serving Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechuan style cooking in an elegantly decorated restaurant. You can enjoy cocktails while dining with friends or order Chinese take-out. There are also banquet facilities for private parties.

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ANACAPA BREWING COMPANY DT 1 472 E. Main Street Ventura (805) 643 - 2337 www.anacapabrewing.com The Anacapa Brewing Company is Ventura’s only restaurant and brewery. We serve fresh, hand crafted ales and lagers produced in our

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CAPRICCIO ITALIAN RESTAURANT DT 5 298 East Main Street, Ventura (805) 643 - 7115 Bustling Italian Café in downtown Ventura with great daily specials, including seafood, pasta and salads. Come in for a late dinner, a glass of wine or a dessert with a hot espresso. Charline’s Urban Tapas and Wine Bar DT 6 546 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 652-2255 Charline’s in Ventura infuses its tapas menu with Southern style and Cajun flair aka Small plates with soul. Live Music Daily: Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues and R&B. Continued on Page 22


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Camarillo's Original Thai Restaurant Join us for a relaxing, full-service dining experience Large selection of appetizers, soups, salads and entreés. From the famous Thai coconut milk soup to stir fried "Pad Thai" noodles and home-made coconut ice cream, nothing falls short of our exquisite menu.

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Chicago For Ribs DT 7

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692 East Main Street Ventura (805) 641-0812 Specializing in baby back pork ribs, but boasting a full menu of such delicacies as barbecued beef back ribs, tender chicken, USDA choice steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, sandwiches, salads and of course, the “World Famous Onion Rings”, it truly is a “Class Rib Joint.” Open daily. Dine In – Lunch & Dinner – Full Bar – Delivery – Take Out - Catering. Mary’s Secret Garden DT 8

100 S. Fir St. Ventura (805) 641-3663 The one and only organic Vegan restaurant in Ventura County. Expect your taste buds to be AMAZED and satisfied by the healthy, deliciously gourmet proof over carefully and prepared indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof afte offer a wide variety of soups, RUN ASfood. IS. We If this proof meets your salads, smoothies, raw food entrees andapproval on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. decadent dessert menu ISSUE: D A S E FAthe X most THIS PROO F TO ( 8 that 05) 648-2245 ASAP will fulfill any craving. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4pm -9:30pm, Fri.- Sat. 11am-9:30pm. Closed Mon.

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“We try to do simple things well.” Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering an extensive wine list and full bar. Breakfast is served from 8:00am daily and Dinner is served until midnight every day! Perfect for those weekend night owls. Visit us online at www.myfloristcafe.com

Nature’s Grill DT 10 566 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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The friendly staff will be happy to help you navigate around the best of Britain, with teas, pies, candies and more. Discover why this is Main Street’s best-kept secret.

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673 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 643-5832 Rosie Lee Imports is the first shop solely dedicated to British products in the city.

574 E. Main Street Ventura (805) 652-1521 www.thetajcafe.com

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The Taj Cafe offers authentic Village Indian Cuisine at very affordable prices. We only use all natural spices and fresh ingredients - voted Best India Cuisine in both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Lunch: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm 7 Days a Week. Dinner • 3:00pm - 10:00pm Mon. - Thurs. and 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm Fri, Sat. & Sun

Taqueria Tepatitlan DT 14 362 N. Ventura Ave.

Ventura (805) 653-0508 “This place is classic..!” “Best Chile Relleno Burrito in history!”....—Unsolicited posts on CHOWHOUND.COM. Family owned and operated for 15 years. Fresh, delicious Mexican food and a large variety of beers on tap or bottle. Friendly and cozy. Worth the trip! Open Tues-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat. & Sun. 8am-3pm. Closed Mondays. Continued on Page 30

A European Inspired Coffeehouse/Cafe Midtown Ventura • Locally Roasted Coffee & Espresso Beans • Organic Loose Leaf Teas, Healthy Smoothies • Sandwiches • Salads • Reusable Gift Cards • Coffee Gift Baskets MADE EVERYDAY • Steel Cut Oatmeal • Soup of the Day DELIVERED FRESH EACH DAY • Baked Goods

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yet modern appeal. Come try our new Seafood Raw Bar downstairs. Upstairs, the W20 rooftop lounge offers stunning views, live music and separate menu items. Call for hours, dress code and other information or visit us online at www. watermarkonmain.com

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Tipps Thai Cuisine DT 15 512 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 643-3040 Perennially voted BEST THAI FOOD by readers of the VCReporter. Excellent beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes and Ventura’s Friendliest full bar. Takee-Outee - world’s fastest you call - it’s ready when you arrive. Visit us online at www.tippsthai.com

Winchester’s Grill & Saloon DT 18 632 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 653-7446 We feature great steaks, chicken, fresh seafood and burgers in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Two outdoor heated patios, plus a kid’s menu means there is something for everyone. Our full bar features the largest selection of draft beer between L.A. and San Francisco -- over 40 beers on tap!

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Oxnard. Burges, Sandwiches, Steaks, Seafood and daily lunch specials. The outdoor fire pit is a great spot for cocktails.

Allison’s Country Café WC2 3429 Telegraph Rd. Ventura (805) 644-9072 Family owned and operated, serving the BEST homemade muffins and jams alongside the breakfast cuisine voted #1 in the VC Reporter’s Readers Poll 2 years straight. Breakfast and lunch served 7 days, on Telegraph just west of Mills, across from the bus depot.

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2000 Outlet Center Drive #295 Oxnard (805) 983 – 3026 www.cafeamri.com Café Amri serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Try the Chicken and Waffles or their homemade cinnamon rolls. Become a fan on facebook to keep up on the daily specials. Located in The Palms shopping center in Oxnard.

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805-643-1231 Breakfast and lunch served daily from 6am til 2pm from an extensive menu with an eye on healthy and fresh foods. Crispy salads, bountiful sandwiches, platters, and breakfast traditions and surprises. The best Sweet Potato Fries around! THE COTTAGE ON MAIN WC 12 2016 E. Main Street Ventura (805) 643 – 0772 www.thecottageonmainstreet.com A European inspired Coffeehouse/Café in midtown Ventura. We offer locally roasted Coffee and Espresso Beans, Gourmet Teas, Smoothies, Sandwiches, Panini’s, Salads, and Pastries.

CHINA SQUARE WC 9 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village 450 South B Street 805-639-0865 Oxnard www.brophybros.com (805) 487-9988 After serving locals and visitors in Santa Open in Centennial Plaza, this Chinese Barbara for a number of years, Brophy restaurant boasts Szechuan & Mandarin ENZO’S at GLEN TAVERN INN WC 13 Brothers opened its second location cuisine. This restaurant formerly in 134 North Mill St. in Ventura Harbor in 2007. Bringing Carriage Square, is a local favorite. Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Santa Paula the same quality of fresh produce and Closed Sundays. Market WC3 805-933-5550 outstanding service, Brophy Brothers The Cliff House Inn WC 10 Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You “1st Proo ensures an enjoyable dining experience 1449 and A Spinnaker Drive, all Suite Chef Enzo spent 15 will years have in Romea and r carefully indicate corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and with every visit. Ventura nowAd brings authentic Italian cuisine “Final Proof”. IfAS weIS. receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Will Run As is. toIfthe this proo 6602 Old Coast Pacific Hwy. e no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN If this proof meets your approval Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula. Enjoy such (805) 654-0546 Ventura CABO SEAFOOD GRILL &check CANTINA WC“FInal 7 on the 1st proof, off ProoF (aPProved)” box, date andassign at the bottom. standards lasagna, chicken parmigiana, “FINALOpened PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. (805) 652-1381 in Ventura in 1982, Andria’s Seafood pizza, or signature dishes like Scallopini al 1041 South Oxnard Blvd www.cliffhouseinn.com Iss PRooFDINING to (805) 648-2245and AsAP Romana and “Rollino al Forno”, a rolled pizza GUIDE T H I S PRestaurant R O O FandT Fresh O (Fish 8 0Market 5 ) 6is4located 8 - 2 2in 4 5notice: A S A P PleAse FAx this ISSUE: Oxnard the beautiful Ventura Harbor. The waterfront While culinary temptations beckon from Santa dough filled with radicchio, smoked moz(805) 487-6933 restaurant’s heated patios make for fun and Barbara to Ventura, some of the area’s finest zarella, diced tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive www.caboseafoodgrill.com casual dining. dining takes place right within the hotel. oil. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. A visit to Cabo should be all about good The Shoals presents an ever-changing menu Art’s Corner Café WC4 times, good food, and time with friends FILLMORE & WESTERN WC 14 specializing in fresh local seafood and proover a frosty margarita talking about the 1907 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura duce and offers both indoor and alfresco 351 Santa Clara Ave one that got away, even if it wasn’t a 805-653-5011 seating beside the blue Pacific. Fillmore fish!!! At Cabo we use the finest ingre805-524-2546 Art’s Corner Café is a comfortable envidients available and cook your meals to The Shoals is open every night for dinner and www.fwry.com ronment to enjoy breakfast or lunch. order. We serve most everything with every day for lunch, with brunch available Early Bird specials are served daily. Our fresh hot handmade tortillas. If you would Sundays. Make reservations to dine on board the menu serves a variety of favorites and like to take some home, they are available vintage railway to make your next event a people come in every day to try our thin COTTAGE CAFÉ WC 11 to-go by the dozen. Remember Cabo truly special occasion. Check out the special and light corner cakes and our homewhen you plan your next Party. We cater 2611 E. Thompson Blvd. Continued on Page 34 made burger buns. We look forward to for groups large & small. Ventura serving you soon!

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The Woolworth Building 401 South A Street Oxnard (805) 486-4547 www.myfreshandfabulous.com Fresh & Fabulous is a warm and welcoming cafe with a Mediterranean flair. From quiche, to warm and crusty panini to a flavorful variety of salads, you won’t be MARIANN’S ITALIAN VILLA WC 19 dissapointed. 301 W. Channel Islands Blvd Try our all homemade specialties such as The grilled cheese sandwich at Cottage on Main Port Hueneme bruschetta, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, (805) 985 - 8663 and hummus. Learn more ourver carefully and indicate all about corrections clearly. You will have a carefully “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and Please check this proof over and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st (805) 832 4945 Herzog Wine Cellars WC 16 Breakfast and Lunch Menu by visiting We invite you to come experience our Proof” ive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Ad Will Run As is. If this proof meets your approval www.italianjobcafe.com our website. Italian RUN Sauces AS and IS. homemade “Final we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs,authentic AD WILL If this proof 3201 Proof”. Camino delIfSol recipes from the last 26 years. Catering, ff “FInal ProoF (aPProved)” box,on date at check the bottom. Oxnard Italian dining in the Channel theand 1st sign proof, off “FINALCasual PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date andTakeout. sign at the bottom. Golden China WC 42 Parties, Weekday lunch specials (805) 983-1560 Islands Harbor. The Italian Job is open IssuE: DInIng guIDE 11am – 3pm and Early Bird Specials Mon – this PRooF to Ave, (805) 648-2245 AsAP 760 S Seaward ISSU N OTierra T I C ESur : PRestaurant, L E A S E inside FA X Herzog T H I S P7 Rdays O Oa Fweek. T OA ($5 80 5 ) 6 4menu 8 - 2is2 4 5Thurs. A S4:30 A P– 6:30pm. Open 7 days a week. stimulus Ventura, CA 93001 offered daily from 3-5pm. While it is Wine Cellars new state-of-the-art win(805)652-0688 ery, is ChefToddAaronsBio1107.pdf”Chef MOQUECA BRAZILIAN CUISINE WC not necessary, we always appreciate www.goldenchinaventura.com Todd Aarons’ second incarnation of reservations. Buon Appetito! 20 Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine, At Golden China Restaurant diners can 3550 S. Harbor Blvdl Suite 201 this time utilizing California’s local produce. experience authentic Chinese Cuisine in their Joannafina’s Mexican Café WC 18 Oxnard Chef Aarons is a veteran of Zuni Café in San own neighborhood. Serving Ventura for S. Seaward Avenue, 1127 (805) 204 - 0970 Francisco and Savoy in Manhattan, and is over 25 years, Golden China has been the Ventura www.moquecarestaurant.com now returning home to California to make recipient of numerous VCReporter Best of 805-652-0360 Tierra Sur his new abode. Visit www.herzogAwards such as Best Chinese food, Best Come experience the real flavor of Brazil. cellars.com for more details. Karaoke, Most romantic Restaurant and Best We feature two heated patios, offering Try our Shrimp Bobo, Fish Moqueca, Fried place to play darts. From our lunch menu a great atmosphere for quiet dinners or Plantains, Fried Yucca and more. Daily THE ITALIAN JOB WC 17 to our popular champagne brunch, Golden lively Mexican Fiestas. We are famous for lunch specials. Pleasantly located in the China will be pleased to welcome you at any our homemade tamales. Joannafina’s has 2810 S. Harbor Blvd, new Marine Emporium Landing buildtime for your next meal! been selected as the “BEST Sunday Brunch” ing in Channel Islands Harbor. Moqueca Channel Islands Harbor Continued on Page 36

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serves authentic Brazilian Cuisine, has harbor views, and pleasant staff.

Ojai Wine festival WC 21 www.ojaiwinefestival.com Sunday June 13th 2010 12pm The Ojai Wine Festival will be held as always on the north shore of beautiful Lake Casitas Recreational Area. A ticket buys you entrance into the event, ten tastes of wine or beer, and a souvenir wine glass. Gates open at 12pm for tasting. Music begins at Noon. Pouring stops at 5pm and gates close. Admission for Adults: Advance tickets $30. $40 at the gate.

2010 restaurant also features the largest sushi bar in the county, and welcomes parties of up to 15 for innovative, super fresh sushi and sashimi. Open daily.

Pete’s Breakfast House WC 23 2055 E. Main Street Ventura 805-648-1130 Regularly voted “best Breakfast in Ventura County”! Delicious and fresh homemade biscuits, jam, syrup, waffles, granola and salsa. Try the awesome pancake roll or spicy huevos rancheros! PIRATES GRUB ‘N GROG WC 24

Q & Q Hawaiian B.B.Q. is dedicated to bringing you the best Hawaiian dining experience by serving an exquisite selection of Hawaiian food, which has an amazing blend of culture from the islands, in a beautiful and friendly Hawaiian atmosphere. Our classic “Plate Special” is a huge, gastronomically challenging mixture of Asian and American food. We use the freshest ingredients for an authentic Hawaiian BBQ taste.

ROXSBURY DELI WC 26 443 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!

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s restaurant in San Francisco, brings to Ventura, San Francisco’s high quality food standards. Francesco was born and raised in Rome (Italy) until the age of 30 then relocating to America six years ago. Spasso’s menu reflects the Roman dishes and his Mama’s recipes in the most authentic way.

SUSHI FRESH VENTURA WC 28 5920 Telegraph Road Ventura (805) 650 - 6068 www.sushifreshventura.com A locals favorite for over 10 years. When we make sushi, “fresh” is first. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Extensive Sake menu. All you can eat specials with sports on the TV.

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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. Urbane Café WC 33

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512 E. Main St., Ventura 805.643.3040

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YOUR YOUR MOUTH MOUTH IS IS WATERING... WATERING...

• Buffet Lunch Mon. - Fri. Sunday Champagne Brunch • Huge, Outdoor, Heated Patio • Upgraded Menu Hours: • Happy Hour

Mon. - Thurs. 11am - 9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm Sunday 10am - 9pm

www.yoliesfreshmexicangrill.com

Family Owned Owned & & Operated Operated from Vons Vons •• Family Across Across from 138 138 W. W. Main Main St., St., Ventura Ventura •• (805) (805) 652-0338, 652-0338, 0339 0339

Voted Ventura’sBest Chinese Food & Karaoke Year After Year! Kitchen Now Open till 1:30 a.m.

HAPPY HOUR 4-7pm FREE HORS D'OEUVRES

LUNCH

Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm

KARAOKE NIGHTLY

Lunch Combos Start at $6.95

9:00pm to Closing

SUNDAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH Served 10:00am - 2:30pm To-go & Delivery Service Available

SZECHUAN & MANDARIN CUISINE

BANQUET FACILITY AVAILABLE

Come & enjoy Karaoke with Mr. Garyoke!

CATERING & PRIVATE PARTY HOTLINE 805-652-0688

GOLDEN CHINA R E S T A U R A N T

760 S. Seaward Ave., At the 101 Fwy. 652-0688 • www.goldenchinaventura.com

Great for your birthday.

Open Mic Night Every Thursday DJ or Live Music Every Fri. & Sat. 2010 — Dining Guide —

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805.644.9072 3429 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, CA


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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS • ONE UNIVERSITY DRIVE • CAMARILLO, CA 93012

Over 75 fabulous food exhibitors • 150 renowned wineries 25 marvelous microbreweries • Silent Auction and continuous Entertainment throughout the day

SUNDAY, JUNE 6th, 2010 • 1 PM - 5 PM For more information or to purchase tickets please visit

www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com General Admission Tickets Available online for $90 each • $100 each at the door Wine & food included with the price of admission. Find Us On Facebook!

VIP Tickets $200 Each • Includes early admission at 12 noon • VIP valet parking Entrance to the VIP Lounge sponsored by the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

VOTED BEST CULTURAL EVENT OF VENTURA COUNTY FOR 2008 & 2009! – VC Reporter www.casapacifica.org • (805) 445-7800 All proceeds benefit the children and families of Casa Pacifica, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties' children's crisis care shelter, residential treatment program and community-based services provider. Casa Pacifica is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1988. Tax ID #77-0195022 2010 — Dining Guide —

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Dining Guide 2010  

A special supplement of the VC Reporter