I took a little journey south of the border, well, south of Main St anyways. I had heard many good things about El Taco de Mexico. However, what they did not tell me was that there were like 5 of these places, all over Ventura County. Without knowing which one was the good one, I was hopeful that I might get lucky.
El Taco de Mexico – Ventura, Main St by the Pacific View Mall
The first thing I noticed about this joint was that it was like a sauna inside. The heat was horrible. I was only inside for 10 minutes so far and was sweating like I stole something. If they are not going to kick up the AC then they need to invest in some el fanos.
Wiping the sweat from my eyes I noticed that the menu was 20% Spanish and 80% pictures. Lucky for me I took 3 years of Spanish in high school, finally I’d get to use it for something. Continue reading
I’ve been doing well on finding some decent sushi lately. I was out running some errands and actually just happened upon Ozekii’s. They call themselves a California style sushi restaurant, which usually means more avocado, asparagus, cucumber, and produce in general. They have a lot of different dishes and most of them are very colorful and have plenty of fish and produce. Not to mention, they are probably the nicest group of sushi makers I’ve been to in quite a while. Continue reading
I finally hit up this Japanese place that I’d heard some good things about. Sumo is tucked away in the corner of the Ralph’s shopping center off of Victoria. I brought along my resident sushi expert for kids, my boy T. It was a good thing I brought him too, because he had to help me find the door. There is no signage and no arrows or lights to guide you. You just pick the closest blank door to the corner and there it is. Both T and I had I hopes that this Sumo would be tons better than the Sumo in Camarillo.
Sumo Japanese Restaurant – Ventura off of Victoria in Ralph’s shopping center.
Sumo is more than just a sushi place. They have a pretty large menu and a lot of specials. I would say sushi is just a small piece to their business, but it is what T and I were interested in. I’ve never found much interest in the chicken and steak dishes unless they are cooking in front of you. I very rarely will order anything but sushi from a Japanese joint.
Sumo is a very nice restaurant. It provides sushi bar seats, full tables, and booths. It’s very clean and modern and the service is pretty good. One of the things I notice a lot of sushi places doing is bringing you a cup of ice and then a can of coke when you order a soda. I kinda, at least, like having the illusion I’m not at a block party. This place has the full on fountain drinks and gives you a hefty “man glass,” which beats the can and cup any day of the week. Continue reading
Rookees is a sports bar and grill down on Main St. in Ventura. It’s an excellent spot to catch the game, get some food, and most importantly, drink like you did right before your doctor told you your liver is the size of an adult raccoon. They have plenty of beers on tap and we even managed to try a few of the dishes.
Rookees – Main St Ventura
I drank with this dude. He owns property in Silverstrand
Rookees is like your modern day sports bar. Just like the Espn Zone there are tons of TVs and they are all huge. You can watch a game from almost anywhere in the place. They have booth seating, tables and plenty of room at the bar. They even have a few themed nights. We happened to be there on Surf night, which meant the help dressed a bit more tropical. All the TVs were linked into surf video and they had a nightly drawing, giving away surf boards and various other beach gear. Since they were not giving away a whale carcass or a hat made from sea lion, I did not participate.
We ordered the appetizer sampler, chicken enchiladas, and the mini hamburgers. It’s way too dark in the place to really get a good picture of the food so you’re just gonna have to go see for yourself. Dark places can be good for bringing ugly dates, so if you’re dating someone you don’t want other people to see you with, I’d take them to Rookees. Get a corner booth. Your friends will never see you there. You can just sit back in the dark and watch them get more attractive with every round. Continue reading
After my awesome time at the Ventura County Greek Festival, I was itching to try an authentic Greek restaurant. After careful consideration, I settled on the Greek at the Harbor, mainly because I enjoy spending time down by the beach, but also because there always seems to be a pretty good crowd eating their food.
I made Mikey come along with me on this grand adventure, so we met up after work and headed down to Ventura Harbor in search of a little Opa!
The Greek at The Harbor – Ventura Harbor in (you guessed it) Ventura, CA
We got to the restaurant about 10 minutes before our 7 o’clock reservation. Wednesday nights are “wine flight” nights at the greek and they have a special section all cordoned off just for the wine drinkers. Mikey and I faked them out though and got them to seat us in the wine patio, which is where I snapped this nice little picture of the harbor view.
Mikey and I didn’t end up drinking the wine, but basically, a wine “flight” is a 1/2 glass of 3 different wines. The have a red flight and a white one and accompany them with a nice little tapas menu for you to order from. Since Mike and I were looking for the quintessential Greek experience, we just ordered off the dinner menu. Just because we didn’t drink wine, doesn’t mean that we still don’t know how to party. We chose to start the night off right with a couple of Greek beers. Continue reading
First off – Raise your glass to the King of Pop. No matter how funky, odd, or down right strange you thought Michael Jackson was, you can not deny he put together some of the greatest music we’ve ever heard. I myself even had my own red leather jacket and glove back in the 80’s. Yeah that’s right, I did, and I’m proud of it. Anyone who doesn’t think Bad and Thriller contain some of the best beats in music history probably smells like cheese and shops at gas stations for groceries. Of all the Jacksons we could have lost I would have prefered Tito since he always looks like he’s up to no good. Right now you all need to head to your local karaoke joint and pick a song. If you pick Billy Jean you best do a leg snap and a crotch grab. Shamon!
Ventura has its own award winning micro brewery. The Anacapa Brewery recently won some major awards at the LA County Fair. Winning ribbons at this fair for beer is definitely something to boast about. Brian and I had already decided to get our drink on there before we knew about the awards, but after tipping back a few of their classics it was easy to see why they won.
For this review we are going to concentrate on beer, beer, and then on some beer. Of course we will throw a little food in there but not too much because we don’t want to ruin your buzz. Plus, any night you’re going to be out drinking you need to lay a nice foundation before you drink, pizza, bread, burgers, burritos, you know, stuff that will soak up the tremendous amounts of liquid that are about to invade.
Drink it in Ventura, it always goes down smooth.
Any trip to Ventura should always include a trip to the Harbor. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from, so over the next few months EatMeCalifornia will try to get you a good idea of where to go for the best views and the best food. We’ve already given you the Seafood Broiler. Now it’s time to spend some time at Margarita Villa.
Margarita Villa – Ventura Harbor
Margarita Villa is on the top deck, right above the carousel. They have one of the best views of the Harbor and a great deck to eat and enjoy the view. Like most of the restaurants in the harbor, it has the hand painted walls, lots of windows and a full bar. There are a few TVs to catch a game and they have a live band a few nights a week. On this particular night there was a band and for the most part they played cover songs. All I remember of the talent is a horrible rendition of Johnny Be Good. I hoped the food would be better then the music, because I think I saw Chuck Berry crouched in a corner, ready to hit the lead singer with his guitar. Continue reading