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Ventura county

Dining Guide

2012

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Taking fresh to a whole new level Local chefs farm vegetables and herbs on site

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taking fresh to a whole New level Local chefs farm vegetables and herbs on site by Alex Wilson

A beloved highlight of summertime dining in Ventura County is eating the fresh, juicy tomatoes grown at Boccali’s restaurant’s Ojai farm, topping off delicious pizzas and salads. Owner DeWayne Boccali says that as soon as the weather gets warm in the late spring, people start calling to see if the fruit of his labor is in season yet. “People really appreciate it when we have the tomatoes,” says Boccali. “When I harvest them, I realize this is really something special and it’s worth doing.” The effort to grow some of the food they serve is an example Continued on Page 8

“It limits our carbon footprint on the earth, quite simply. And I think, moving forward, it’s good for everybody to learn to grow and produce their own foods.” — Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Executive Chef Chad Minton

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of a growing trend that goes beyond restaurants just buying produce from local farms. Tomatoes are one of many crops grown at Boccali’s farm which also include eggplant, peppers, basil and grapes to make their own wine. Lemons are squeezed for lemonade they serve year-round. Boccali says the hard work performed on their farm is evident as soon as customers sip the lemonade. “The thing about the lemonade is, when you buy lemons in the store, they’re always picked and stored,” says Boccali. “But with our lemons, we pick them today and use them tomorrow. So they’re really fresh, and they just taste different.” Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Executive Chef Chad Minton is also devoted to growing food used in his creations. He serves unique dishes in the resort’s signature restaurant, Maravilla, and the spa’s Café Verde, using vegetables and herbs grown in gardens on site. “We’re doing a beautiful lavender pound cake,” says Minton. “All of the herbs are infused, garnished or somehow incorporated into virtually all of our menus.” Minton says part of his motivation is environmental. “It limits our Continued on Page 10

While tomatoes are Boccali’s of Ojai main crop, DeWayne Boccali also farms eggplants, peppers, basil, and grapes to make wine. From ingredients out of the garden, the menu includes pizza and salad. It also features strawberry desserts. 8—

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carbon footprint on the earth, quite simply,” says Minton. “And I think, moving forward, it’s good for everybody to learn to grow and produce their own foods.” The Ranch House restaurant in Meiners Oaks is widely known as a pioneer in the California cuisine movement, emphasizing locally sourced food. Herbs have been grown there for about 60 years. Owner David Skaggs says guests like to wander through aD Proof the garden and view about 100 different herbs growing there, including unusual varieties like orange Client: Two Trees Cafe Ad Executive: Warren Barrett (805)bergamont 648-2244 Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You willthyme. have “It’ a “1st Proof”,for and mint and lime s an Proof”, unusual “2nd environment a “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, ad Will run as is. If this proof meets your approval restaurant,” says Skaggs. “They really enjoy seeing the cooks on the 1st proof, check off “FInal ProoF (aPProveD)” box, date and sign at the bottom. appear in the garden periodically and pick some fresh IssuE: DInIng guIDE 2012 notice: Please Fax this ProoF to (805) 648-2245 asaP herbs.” F

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Local pros on Ventura County’s drinking trends words and photos by Carla Iacovetti “Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Watermark operations manager John Giammanco mixing it up.

With the growing nightlife scene here in Ventura, one does not have to look too far past Main Street to find that Ventura does elixirs well — the food and fluid scene is on the increase, and for good reason; we are not lacking in quality or variety. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of traditional sophistication and culture, The Watermark on Main is a favored spot. Owners Mark and Kathy Hartley have successfully created a restaurant/bar that reflects the old and the new. Ventura local Peter Forster admits that Watermark is a regular habit because of the atmosphere, the people, the food, the drinks and the live music. “Truthfully, Watermark spearheaded a cultural awakening here in Ventura,” Forster said. “It feels like Santa Barbara in the ’80s.” Operations manager John Giammanco hails from the Monterey Peninsula, and he has been working in bartending management for more than eight years. “Most of our business is from regular customers, and we sell more wine here than any other place I’ve ever worked,” Giammanco said. “Yeah, we go through a ton of wine, red being the top seller and, depending on the weather, chardonnay is also popular.” While Watermark sells a ton of wine, it also sells a lot of martinis, with the top three sellers being: lemon drops, dirty martinis and cosmopolitans. In The W2O Lounge upstairs, the blue martini is a big seller. Right across the street is Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant — another Ventura favorite. “At the bar, we see a lot of regulars. Some of our most popular drinks are Continued on Page 16

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bombs and the all-time party drink — Irish car bombs!” said bartender Taylor Wood. Wood loves everything about his job, except indecisive people and people who ask for water. White Sand Thai Barbecue and Bar is a new kid on the block, but don’t let the newness fool you. Owner Ooi Winging has created a winning combination of unique elixirs complemented by extraordinary Thai cuisine. “We are a full-service restaurant with a full bar, and our two most popular drinks are Thai ice tea martini and the traditional strawWhite Sands owner berry margarita,” Winging said. Ooi Winging Brendan’s is Camarillo’s “Irish Disneyland,” according to chief operating manager Shawn Mulchay. “We have a very eclectic mix of patrons spanning Dargan’s bartender across Ventura County and including Los Angeles,” he said. Taylor Wood There is good reason this place is so popular. Irish-born Brendan Ad Proof Searls and partner Jonathan Siegel have created an authentic pub culture. Brendan’s biggestWarren seller is Guinness. “We take great pride648-2244 in pouring a Client: Lookout Bar & Grill Ad Executive: Barrett (805) proper pitcher of Guinness,” said. Depending on theand mood, Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have Mulchay a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Will Run Asisis. If this the proof meets approvalale). the Ad second biggest seller Gobshite, house beer your (honey-blonde on the 1st proof, check off “FInal ProoF (aPProved)” box, date and sign at the bottom. Wine is the pub’s slowest seller. IssuE: DInInG 2012 notice: PleAse FAx this PRooF to (805) 648-2245 AsAP In addition to serving great food and brew, Brendan’ s isGuIDE an advocate of a safe driving program. Mulchay says, “We know that we sell a lot of alcohol, and with that comes a responsibility to the community. If an individual has had too much to drink and has spent all their money, we will call them a cab and pay for it. We take drinking and driving very seriously.” F

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sweet tooth evolution

A variety of cupcakes from Sweet Arleen’s in Thousand Oaks

Local bakers share what’s new in indulgent treats by allison costa

With the recent closing of two of the county’s cupcake shops (Sugar Bears in Ventura and The Cupcakery in Thousand Oaks), one might start to wonder if the love of cupcakes was just a passing trend. Not so, says Arleen Scavone, owner of Sweet Arleen’s in Westlake Village/ Thousand Oaks. “Everyday, I think people are loving cupcakes more,” she said. A two-time winner of the hit show Cupcake Wars, Scavone says customers come to her store “Because it’s not just a cupcake, it’s an experience,” though she does find that people now have a more discerning palate, especially when paying anywhere from $3 to $5 for the tiny cakes. While cupcakes are her mainstay, her bread puddings are gaining popularity. Sweet flavors like dulce de leche and french toast are complemented by more unusual savory flavors like maple bacon, macaroni and cheese, and spinach artichoke. (In the place of Sugar Bears Cupcake Shack, Sweet Stuff Confections will open at 451 E. Main St. Flavors include cheesecake cupcake, red velvet cupcake and sweet potato pecan cupcake.) Another baker betting on these sweet little cakes is Angelica Terrazas, the 19-yearold owner of Scrumdiddly Dollops on 110 N. 10th Street in Santa Paula. Her shop offers 15 flavors of cupcakes each day, often selling out before the end of the day in the weeks since the shop’s opening. When asked about the state of the cupcake trend, she says, “I think people stopped putting quality into cupcakes; that is where some bakers failed.” In addition to her cupcakes, Dollop (as she is known around the store) also makes cake pops, a treat fairly new to the sweets scene. Recently, she made a Lorax-themed Continued on Page 19

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chef david weiss of Cafe fiore in downtown ventura serves up rustic italian cuisine with a southern flair

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472 East Main Street Ventura 805.643-BEER(2337) Anacapabrewing.com 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.

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Bollywood Indian Cuisine

500 East Main Street Ventura 805.648.2533 www.bollywood4.net At Bollywood Indian Restaurant, we are committed on providing you quality, fresh, and healthy meals. Our spices are guaranteed to be fresh, our vegetables are fresh and our meats are 100% reduce fat. Come enjoy our delicious Indian food in uur new location.

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The new AQUA Beachfront Bar is Ventura, California’s hottest contemporary lounge. Enjoy the pure Gold Coast atmosphere with your favorite beverage while overlooking the crashing waves of Ventura’s Pacific coast. Café Fiore

66 S California Street, Ventura 805.653.1266 www.fiorerestaurant.net Café Fiore is located in historic downtown Ventura, just blocks AD loose PROOF from the beach.  Our comfortable booths have pillow seating which gives the restaurant a warm and delightful atmoClient: Franky’s Ad Executive: Kelly Tracy (805) 648-2244 sphere.  Come sit by the warm fireplace or have a seat at our Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”,cocktails.  and fully stocked bar and sip some of our most innovative “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval We take prideatin the giving out utmost service to our diners and to on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign bottom. make everyone feel like family. ISSUE: DINING GUIDE 2012 NOTICE: PLEASE FAX THIS PROOF TO (805) 648-2245 ASAP Capriccios

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Downtown Listings Authentic Italian cuisine offered at a reasonable price. An inviting sit-down bistro, Capriccio is the favorite of many locals. Owned by Jodie Cargnino and ran by a staff compiled of family and friends who have become family. Chicago’s Ribs and More 

692 East Main Street Ventura 805.641.0812 www.chicagosribsandmore.com Since 1982 Chicago’s Ribs and More has been satisfying rib aD Proof lovers with its award winning ribs in a casual, family restaurant. Specializing in baby back pork ribs, but boasting a full menu of Client: Crowne Plaza Ad Executive: Dave Stephens (805) 648-2244 such delicacies as proof barbecued beef backand ribs,indicate tender all chicken, Please check this over carefully corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and USDA fresh seafood, “Final choice Proof”. steaks, If we receive no proof burgers, after the sandwiches, 1st or 2nd Proofs, ad Will run as is. If this proof meets your approval on theand 1st now proof, check off “FInal Full ProoF box, date and sign at the bottom. salads weekend breakfast. Bar (aPProveD)” – Delivery – Take Out –Catering. ISSuE: DInIng guIDE 2012 notice: Please Fax this ProoF to (805) 648-2245 asaP Franky’s Place

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We cater to all of your needs at C-Street Restaurant and Aqua Beachfront Bar in the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. We feature a private dining room for parties of ten to twenty in our California Room and can accommodate receptions and mixers for as many as 150 guests in our lounge and on our seaside patios. Let us host your special event in any season.

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Voted Best New Restaurant 2010 Many Varieties of Sake including Hot, Cold & Draft.

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Join Executive chef Robert Grenner for sensational dining and new menu.  Private Wine room, Specialty Martini bar, extensive wines by the glass, and a full bar with live entertainment in a historic building at the end of Main St., across from Mission San Buenaventura. Visit us at www.peiranos.com. Rice Thai

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navigate around the best of Britain, with teas, pies, candies and more. Discover why this is Main Street’s best-kept secret. The Taj Café

Watermark on Main

598 East Main Street Ventura 805.643.6800 www.watermarkonmain.com The Watermark menu is a fusion of locally inspired cuisine and ingredients.  It features a mixture of signature entrées including life altering steaks and seafood, rousing appetizers and shared plates, and delectable soups and salads to round things off.

574 East Main Street Ventura 805.652.1521 White Sand Asian Cuisine and Bar www.thetajcafe.com 394 East Main Street The Taj Cafe offers authentic Village Indian Cuisine at very afford- Ventura able prices. We only use all natural spices and fresh ingredients 805.667.2120 Ad Proof - voted Best India Cuisine in both Santa Barbara and Ventura www.whitesandthaibbq.com Client: Tipps Thai Executive: Warren Barrett (8 Counties. Lunch: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm 7 Days a Week. Dinner: Experience fine dining in aAd vibrant, stylish atmosphere. Ad Executive: Warren Barrett (805) 648-2244 Please checkpm this proof pm overFri, carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2n 3:00pm - 10:00 pm Mon. - Thurs. and 3:00 - 11:00 “Final Proof”. Ifhave we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Ad Will Run As is. If this proof mee over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and Sat. & Sunday Winchester’s Grill & Saloon  on Will the 1st proof, ProoFyour (aPProved)” eive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Ad Run As check is. If off this“FInal proof meets approval box, date and sign at the bottom. 632 East Main Street off “FInal ProoF (aPProved)” box, date notice: and sign atPleAse the bottom. IssuE: DInI FAx this PRooF to (805) 648-2245 AsAP Tipps Thai Ventura IssuE: DInIng guIDE 2012 x this PRooF to (805) 648-2245 AsAP 512 East Main Street 805.653.7446 Ventura We feature great steaks, chicken, fresh seafood and burgers in 805.643.3040 a relaxed casual atmosphere. Two outdoor heated patios, plus www.tippsthai.com a kid’s menu means there is something for everyone. Our full bar Serving Ventura locals since 1983. Full fun and friendly bar and features the largest selection of draft beer between L.A. and San great spicy thai food. Francisco — over 40 beers on tap!

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cake pop in tribute to the movie celebrating the Dr. Seuss story. While some may think the cake pop trend is here to supersede cupcakes (they are available at all Starbucks stores, after all), Terrazas explains that her cupcakes are much more popular. Shannon Wright, owner of Marie Shannon Confections in Ventura, is also seeing more of an interest in savory pastries, like her caramelized onion goat cheese empanadas and her artisan cheese and dried-fruit tart. When asked about this recent upswing in requests for savory treats, Wright says, “People seem to have a more adventurous palate.” Whatever your take, if you’re a cupcake lover or a cake pop fan, it seems that cupcakes are here to stay. Bobbi Corbin, of Ojai’s Knead Baking Company, says, “Though they aren’t as trendy as they used to be, cupcakes are one of those classics. … They have universal appeal.” They may have to move over, though, and make room for some savory friends in the pastry case. F Check out my food tasting tours at www.venturafoodtours.com where you’ll find information on our new Eating Ojai Tour, gift certificates, and information on upcoming special events.

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restaurant listings Downtown Oxnard BG’s Café – OXN 2 428 S. Oxnard Blvd Oxnard (805) 487-0700 A local downtown favorite since 1971, dishing up breakfast, lunch and awardwinning salsa.

ganoush, tabbouleh, and hummus. Learn more about our Breakfast and Lunch Menu by visiting our website.

(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.

The Kitchen – OXN 7

La Dolce Vita – OXN 8

529 S. A St. Oxnard

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 Continued on Page 22

China Square – OXN 4 450 South B St. Oxnard (805) 487-9988 Open in Centennial Plaza, this Chinese restaurant boasts Szechuan & Mandarin cuisine. This restaurant formerly in Carriage Square, is a local favorite.

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“The Sweet Life.”

A Little Piece of Heaven – OXN 9 212 W. 4th St. Oxnard (805) 822-3317 www.alittlepieceofheaven.us A Little Piece Of Heaven is a bakery that offers cakes and cookies for any occasion. We have a variety of fantastic cakes flavors from decadent chocolate and old fashioned vanilla to rich red velvet and moist carrot cake.

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cials. We are making fresh morning pastries everyday including Scones, Danishes, Turnovers, Cinnamon Rolls, and Muffins.

Oxnard Café Nefola –OXN 3 1651 S. Victoria Ave. #120 Oxnard (805) 985-7522 www.cafenefola.com Stop in for a healthy meal, prepared to your liking, made with only the best ingredients grown locally. Enjoy the beautiful setting of our outdoor seating area, located on the edge of the Channel Islands Harbor.

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Oxnard (805) 983-1560 www.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. Visit www.herzogcellars.com for more details

The Lookout Bar & Grill – OXN 10

With a touch of class and an unmistakable style all its own, The Whale’s Tail offers just the right place to match your mood. Enjoy a casual rendezvous with old friends in our upstairs Shellfish bar, a romantic dinner for two or a celebration with family and friends in our main dining room downstairs.

Yolanda’s Mexican Café – OXN 17 1601 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard (805) 985-1340 Yolanda’s Mexican Café is your fun, festive, casual neighborhood Mexican restaurant in Ventura County. For years, people from all walks of life have returned over and over again, drawn by the friendly atmosphere and authentic Mexican food. Experience a taste of tradition and enjoy from a wide selection of Yolanda’s award winning margaritas!

HOZY’S Grill – SP 2 1760 Lemonwood Drive , Santa Paula For reservations call: (805) 525-1068 “With it’s fine wine cellar and inventive fresh cuisine, the world-traveling visitor to HOZY’S Grill will not be disappointed. I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner there a number of times, and my palate has always been well pleased.” —J R Grant, VC Reporter

Tia Babe’s Restaurante – SP 3 125 N. 10th St. Santa Paula (805) 525-5441  A full Mexican and complementary American menu plus kid’s specials. Party room. Patio dining. Full Bar. Continued on Page 26

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Fine Dining in a Comfortable Casual Atmosphere Mediterranean and Greek Cuisine

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Excellent home cooking by Tia Babe herself. Open Tuesday – Sunday.

Ventura Allison’s Country Café – VTA 1 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.

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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!

Bite Bolt Ventura County (805) 328-5050 www.bitebolt.com Bite Bolt delivers any restaurant to your home, office or hotel lightning fast! We accept orders online or by telephone from 11am – 2pm and 4:30pm -10pm daily. Our delivery zone reaches from the Conejo Grade to West Ventura.

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Art’s Corner Café – VTA 3 1907 E. Thompson Blvd. Ventura (805) 653-5011

Brophy Bothers – VTA 4 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 Brothers opened its second

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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.

The Cliff House Inn – VTA 5 6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy.  Ventura (805) 652-1381 www.cliffhouseinn.com

While culinary temptations beckon 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.

668 Harbor Blvd. Ventura (805) 643-4783 Beach House Tacos (805) 648-3177 www.ericericssons.com If you are looking to get away and just enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and relax in front of the water this is a great place! The seafood is outstanding! With an attentive wait staff and gener-

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Eric Ericsson’s on the Pier – VTA 19

German Deli and Market – VTA 6 325 Borchard Drive Ventura (805) 653.1388 www.gdmventura.com We have a large selection of products that are imported from Germany.  Most of our sausages and cold cuts are made fresh by a local German butcher.   We also carry Popmadour teas, Tchibo, Jacobs and Dallmayr coffee; a  variety of chocolate and other German sweets. Our Sauerkraut and Potato Salad are homemade to ensure quality and excellent taste. If we don’t have something, please request.  Many products and foods can be custom ordered.  Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and

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Fine Mexican Food A FAmily TrAdiTion since 1985 • Home-made House Specialties with the Freshest ingredients available. • Try the best Margaritas in town at our Ojai Location. • Serving Spectacular Breakfast on Saturdays & Sundays in Oak View! • Lunch Specials Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Mai’s Café – VTA 10

offer Sunday Champagne Brunches, Delivery, Catering, Food to go, and Banquet Facilities. Come join us everyday from 4pm-7pm for Happy hour in our bar area, and enjoy drinks with free hors d’oeuvres.

1967 East Main St. Ventura (805) 652-2061 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.

The Greek at the Harbor – VTA 8 1583 Spinnaker Drive, #101 Ventura (805) 650-5350 www.greekattheharbor.com The Greek is family owned and we have been in the Ventura Harbor since 1994. We feature LIVE Greek Music, Greek Dancing and Bellydancing, along with amazing Greek Food! Ventura’s only waterfront restaurant featuring authentic Greek dishes and lively entertainment.

MargarittaVilla – VTA 11

The Pierpont Inn – VTA 18 550 San Jon Rd. San Buenaventura, CA 93001 (805) 643-6144 www.pierpontinn.com The Historic Pierpont Inn & Spa was built in Ventura, California back in 1910, in part to accommodate the auto enthusiast traveling up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. Our property encompasses decades of rich architecture and the romantic California coastal charm has made our hotel a favorite location for weddings and receptions, family reunions, corporate retreats and great overnight getaways for over 100 years!

Two Trees Café - VTA 14 7822 Telegraph Rd, Ventura (805) 659-3365 www.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.

Urbane Cafe 4960 Telephone Rd. Ventura (805) 654-1619 1750 E. Gonzales Rd. Oxnard (805) 485-4200 www.urbanecafe.com Our desire is that each of our customers will enjoy the entire Urbane Café experience created through adherence to this foundation. We believe our fresh hearth baked bread, homemade sauces, lean savory meats, warm atmosphere, friendly service and more add up to an amazing dining experience at a value that is hard to find anywhere else.   Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and

1567 Spinnaker Drive #200 Ventura TOPPERS PIZZA PLACE – VTA (805) 654-7906 13, OXN 14, OXN 15, CAM 2 www.villaventuraharbor.com We welcome  our friends, new and old 3940 E. Main St. Ventura to our little spot overlooking Ventura 627 W. Channel Islands Blvd. Harbor.  Step into our muraled floor Port Hueneme to ceiling dining room, relax and enjoy 2100 S. Saviers Rd. south of the border flavors.  Enjoy con111 E. Gonzales Rd. venient rear and front stairs as well as Oxnard elevator access.  Family owned and run 520clearly. Arneill Rd. this proof and indicate all corrections You will have a “1st ThePlease Jolly check Oyster – VTA 9 over carefully since 2003,after the Mikelatos’ to Camarillo U Yogurt VTA 15 “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof the 1stare orhappy 2nd Proofs, ad Will run as is. If this proof meets– your approval welcome you. West County Delivery – (805) 385911 San Pedro St. 5722 Telephone Rd. in Von’s Plaza on the 1st proof, check off “FInal ProoF (aPProveD)” box, date and sign at the bottom.   4444 Ventura (805) 644-2020 Pete’s Breakfast House – East County Delivery  -  (805) 495- IssuE: (805)notice: 798-4944 Please Fax this DInIng guIDE 2012 ProoF to (805) 648-2245 asaP Ventura 4444 www.thejollyoyster.com VTA 12 Fresh, crisp, and clean … self-service 7 Locations in Ventura County. Call one Welcome! Here at our gourmet food yogurt and toppings. Available to go or 2055 E. Main St. number for delivery or take out. Multiple truck we bring you the freshest oyseat in. Flavors change weekly. Ventura prize winner for best pizza in county ters and clams direct from our farms (805) 648-1130 also serving salad bar,sandwiches, in Baja California. Buy to go. Or betRegularly voted “best Breakfast in Ventura Harbor Village – pasta and dessert  using only the ter still, escape for a while and picVentura County”! Delicious and fresh VTA 16 freshest ingredients. Comfortable family nic with us here at the beach in the homemade biscuits, jam, syrup, wafdining or speedy delivery. Local owned, San Buenaventura State Park, halfway 1583 Spinnaker Drive fles, granola and salsa. Try the awenot a franchise. between LA and Santa Barbara. We Ventura some pancake roll or spicy huevos 877-89-HARBOR rancheros!

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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’s Surf Brewery – VTA 18 4561 Market St. #A Ventura (805)644-BREW4-BREW www.surfbrewery.com Ventura County, long known for world class surf spots like Rincon Cove, C-St. and Silver Strand, now has a world class craft beer presence.  Surf Brewery®, located minutes from Surfer’s Point in beautiful Ventura, is riding the wave of California’s vibrant beer history and tradition of making craft beers.  Founded by home brewers and surfers with a passion for beer and a commitment to create only the

VENTURA LIMONCELLO www.venturalimoncello.com (805) 658-0881 Ask for Ventura’s own handcrafted, all natural lemon liqueur at your favorite restaurant. Originale, Crema, and now Blood Orange. Available in markets and liquor stores to create specialties at home which you’ll find recipes for online at www.venturalimoncello.com.

finest brews using the highest quality ingredients.

Yolanda’s Mexican Café – VTA 17, OXN 16, CAM 3, EC 1 1601 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard (805) 985-1340 2753 E. Main St. Ventura (805) 643-2700 86 E. Daily Drive Camarillo (805) 389-9922 590 E. Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley (805) 306-9933 Yolanda’s Mexican Café is your fun, festive, casual neighborhood Mexican restaurant in Ventura County. For years, people from all walks of life have returned over and over again, drawn by the friendly atmosphere and authentic Mexican food. Experience a taste of tradition and enjoy from a wide selection of Yolanda’s award winning margaritas!

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Boccali’s – Ojai 3, Ojai 4 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. Ojai (805) 646-6116 840 Ventura Ave. Oak View (805) 649-1057 www.boccalis.com The Boccali family has served home made Italian food amidst magnificent mountain views under a canopy of crowning oaks for twenty years. Many of the ingredients are picked daily from their Upper Ojai farm. Customers may dine “al-fresco” on the patio. Accepts cash & checks only.

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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.

Casa de Lago is an authentic Mexican dining experience. With two locations to serve you in Ojai and Oak view, you are never far from fresh, home-made Specialty Entres. Our Ojai restaurant is now serving frosty margaritas made from the best tequilas. In Oakview we

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Authentic German Food “German Deli Will Fill Your Belly”

• Original German Bratwurst (Weisswurst, Wiener, Nuernberger Bratwurst, Knackwurst are also available) • German homemade potato salad, sauerkraut, spaetzle • Pretzels, Apple strudel, Cheesecake, Black Forest Cake (other coffee cakes) • And many other products the German Deli has to offer

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are serving an amazing breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Come try our lunch specials Mon-Fri from 11am – 3p at either of our convenient locations.

Full of Beans – Ojai 5 11534 N Ventura Ave Ojai (805) 640-8500 www.fullofbeanscoffeehouse.net Full of Beans proudly offers freshly baked goods, FREE Wi-Fi, lunch items, coffees, other drinks and pastries. On the weekends there is live entertainment that enhances the casual atmosphere. Full of Beans in Ojai is Motorcycle-friendly, Bicycle-friendly, Dog-friendly and now Horse-friendly with a hitch right out front. Stop by for some Ojai hospitality today!

Camarillo (805) 482-6564 For over 48 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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Verona Trattoria – CAM 4 2485 Ventura Blvd. Camarillo (805) 383-7576 www.verona-trattoria.com Fine Italian Cuisine satisfies the palate and opens the heart. You don’t have to travel to Italy to get excellent, authentic, homemade, upscale Italian cuisine, beautifully served in a romantic environment. It’s right here at Verona Trattoria, in Old Town Camarillo, just off the Lewis Rd exit of the 101.

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REAGAN’S COUNTRY CAFÉ & proof f over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You a “1st Proof”, “2nd “Final Proof”. Ifwill we have receive no after theProof”, 1st or and 2nd Proofs, Ad Will Run As is. If this proof meets 1208 Maricopa Hwy. THE RONALD REAGAN PUB – proof meets your approval eceive no Ojai proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, Ad Will Run As is. If this onEC the1 1st proof, check off “FInal ProoF (aPProved)” box, date and sign at the bottom. (805)ProoF 640-1905 k off “FInal (aPProved)” box, date and sign at the bottom. IssuE: DInIng PleAse FAx this PRooF to (805) 648-2245 AsAP The Reagan Presidential Museum Ojai’s new international style café serves notice: IssuE: DInIng guIDE 2012 Ax this breakfast PRooFandto (805) AsAP 40 Presidential Drive lunch. Serving648-2245 smoothies & bagels with a bakery and can meet all your catering needs. The chef/owner is happy to customize your order. Open 7am – 4pm.

Camarillo Chester’s Asia Chinese Restaurant – CAM 1 2216 Pickwick Drive

Simi Valley (805) 577-8272 Enjoy a full grill menu and breathtaking views at the Presidential Museum in Simi Valley. Patio dining available. Or catch a snack or lunch at  The Ronald Reagan Pub in the Air Force One Pavillion, under the wings of the plane itself literally. Cafe open daily 10am4:30pm.

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We’re proud To serVe VenTura CounTy’s BesT noodles!

east county Pleasing You Pleases Us!

Ventura’s Favorite Breakfast & Lunch Spot Come try our Famous Corner Cakes & Homemade Burger Buns

early Bird sPecials served daily

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

luNCh & DiNNer Wednesday - Monday

DiM SuM!

Mai’s Cafe

Traditional Vietnamese & Hawaiian Cuisine

1967 E. Main St., Ventura 805.652.2061 CateriNg available for your eveNts 32 —

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open 7 days a Week

1907 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura (805) 653-5011


HAPPY HOUR Monday - Friday 3:00 - 7:00 At the Bar

Voted Best Bloody Mary

aD Proof Client: Allison’s Country Cafe

Ad Executive: Dave Stephens

(805) 648-2244

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Open Daily 1559 Spinnaker Dr. #200, Ventura Harbor Village

Voted Best Breakfast in Ventura County Year after Year VCReporter & VC Star

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DEADLINE FOR AD CHANGES IS 12:00 NOON THE TUESDAY PRIOR TO THAT ISSUES RELEASE. PLEASE NOTE: All advertising produced by the production department of Southland Publishing, is the copyrighted property of Southland Publishing. Any use other than the placement of advertising in any of Southland Publishing’s publications is prohibited without the express consent of Southland Publishing, plus any applicable fees. This proof is to check for accuracy and is not intended to showHomemade quality of reproduction. Biscuits

& Raspberry Jam bring in the crowds from miles around!

Across from Trader Joes & Bev-Mo near the Pacific View Mall

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805.644.9072

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Come Have Coffee In THe Garden WITH Us • 14 of the Best International Coffees Roasted Locally • Award Winning Real Fruit Smoothies • Pastries Baked Fresh Daily from our own bakery • Light & Healthy Lunch Menu

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• Private Parties • Catering

Client: Cafe Nefola

Ad Executive: Warren Barrett

(805) 648-2244

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Live Music

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Saturday & Sunday

6am to 8pm 7 Days a Week

diNiNg guidE 2012

11534 North Ventura Avenue, Ojai • 805.640.8500 200 yards south of the Lake Casitas turn off (Hwy. 150)

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Soups • Salads • Smoothies • Paninis 1651 S. VICTORIA AVENUE • OXNARD, CA 93035 • TEL 805.985.7522 • WWW.CAFENEFOLA.COM 34 —

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celebrating 30 years Proudly serving Ventura County Since 1982

Award Winning Margaritas • Dinner Specials • Happy Hour Mon. - Fri., 4-7pm Catering/Party Platters • Family Pack Meals To-Go

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Camarillo Simi Valley 805-389-9922 805-306-9933


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