We need more places around the area that give us a decent breakfast for a good price, that isn’t fast food and isn’t the highly marketed 10 minute “eat it and then get out ’cause we need the table for the next group” kinda place. I think I found a good option in Ventura that has a simple menu, good prices and fresh ingredients. Plus, it’s next to a cool little coffee joint called Caffrodite’s.
Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill – Main St not to far from Ventura High school
You’re gonna have to keep a sharp eye out for them, but they are right on a corner. They look more like a taco stand than a place to get breakfast, but they have great outside seating. Ventura is a place that’s perfect for outside seating. The weather changes are, for the most part, very small. So most of the time you actually want to be outside enjoying a great meal.
There are no servers here. It’s an order it and then pick it up kind of place, which means you only have to tip the cooks if you want to. The food is pretty good though, so you’ll probably want to give them a tip. I enjoyed my breakfast so much that I gave them a great tip. “Never play leap frog with a unicorn!” Now if that’s not a good tip then I don’t know what is. Continue reading
Unfortunately, we must interrupt our regularly scheduled programming due to technical difficulties. Normally, on Tuesday nights, Mikey would be bringing you his latest recap of Deadliest Catch. However, because some vandals destroyed the cable box for his entire community, poor Mikey is instead listening to the Angels game on transistor radio and attempting to boil hotdogs on his diesel powered hotplate. Good luck with that, Mike. I got your back…
Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon Cafe – Old Town Camarillo
The reason why I decided to give this place a try was because my Mom told me to. No other reason, really. When Mom says go, I go, but it ended up making for a nice little Saturday morning.
Camarillo is not a town that I spend a lot of time in, but I might make more trips out from now on. The town boasts a nice little farmer’s market every Saturday morning and it’s right down the street from Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon Cafe.
I thought it might be fun to hit up the Busy Bee Café in Ventura, down in the older part of town, off of Main St. They have been a staple of the community and a tourist hot spot for a very long time. Busy Bee is modeled after a 1950’s diner and tries and keep their food similar to that era. They are all about hamburgers, shakes, pie, and blue plate specials.
Busy Bee Café – Ventura Main St in Old Town Ventura
This part of Ventura is actually loaded with places to eat, so B and I will be picking them off, one by one. I chose this one because I had been there a few times many years ago and I remember enjoying the burgers, shakes, and the waitresses in little cheerleader outfits awesome jukebox. Continue reading
I have to start this post by saying thanks to Mikey. Your goddamned mini sirloin burger post has me craving all kinds of junk food. I didn’t even think they looked appetizing, it was that freaking jingle that set me off. But rather then go full-on into the fast food, I decided to seek out a fast food alternative and one of Thousand Oaks’ hidden gems.
P & L Burgers – On Avenida De Los Arboles between Erbes and the 101, Thousand Oaks
I wasn’t in the mood for a burger since Mikey and I grilled up some great ones on Monday. I guess that was the start of the problem. But rather than ignore it, in the vain hope that it will go away, I decided to embrace the craving. Continue reading
Jack’s Deli in Westlake has been around for quite a while, but I’d never been there. I’d only heard the mixed review from friends and acquaintances. At least until last week, when I had two reliable sources tell me that Jack’s has two things that I love, good breakfast and a nice Monte Cristo.
For those of you who don’t know, the Monte Cristo is the king of sandwiches. You might have thought pastrami would have the crown, or perhaps the philly cheesesteak, or anything not from subway. But you’d be wrong. The Monte Cristo is a triple-decker ham, turkey and swiss sandwich, which is dipped in egg batter, fried a golden brown that would make Scrooge McDuck blush, lovingly dusted in powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. In essence, it is breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all rolled into one.
Worth the heart attack? Um, Hell Yes!
After some much needed R & R, Mikey and I are back, giving you more of what you need: Lowered expectations Great food reviews. We had an awesome trip to San Francisco and have a couple good reviews for you guys to sink your teeth into. The good stuff will be coming up later this week. I’ll be the first to admit that today’s review is a bit of a filler. From the title of this post, you’ve probably figured out that this post is going to be about a deli. I’ve been reviewing a lot of these places lately and I’ve noticed that they all have one thing in common. They seem to think they’re famous.
I think these delis are famous in the way that reality TV contestants are famous. Which is to say, not famous at all. With the exception of Jerry’s Famous Deli, I think that they need to have their permission to use the word “famous” revoked. It just sets the expectations too high, and when they don’t follow through, I’m crushed. I think that from now on, if I go to a “famous” deli and the food ain’t up to par, I will insist that they change there name to insert name here‘s overrated deli. But, enough of me on my soapbox, let’s make with the review already. Continue reading
I wrote not too long ago about how to tell if a sushi restaurant is in trouble. This article is a bit different because it is more about eating at joint that has just completely given up on life. I usually eat at a place and it doesn’t get posted for a day or two. I had to get this place up as soon as possible to save your stomachs, your taste buds, and your soul.
DW Café – Ventura at the intersection of Victoria and Moon
Yep you can get your bail bond while you eat.
From the outside this place looks like your typical country kitchen kind of place. In fact, I think a few years ago that’s what it was. Now it’s a café that’s open from early morning to mid afternoon. I was out and about on a few errands and thought I’d try it out for breakfast. Damn me and my curiosity. Continue reading