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
With all the eating (and drinking) that I’ve been doing lately, I thought I would dip into my well of knowledge and share a couple things about man’s greatest affliction. I’m not talking Cancer, Heart Disease or anything like that. I’m talking hangovers, people. The hangover is a menace that has plagued society from the time of the ancient Egyptians and the sad thing is that we are no closer to curing it today, than we were so many thousands of years ago.
I know some of you will say that the only cure for a hangover is to not drink. To those people I say, “Shut it!” Why should we avoid the greatness that is booze. I mean, even Benjamin Franklin considered beer to be a gift from God and if it’s good enough for Ben, it’s good enough for me. Continue reading
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
First off, many thanks to B-hizzle for filling in for me while Time Warner did some work on the lines. If you all have an opportunity to get internet from somebody else, go ahead and do that. At least you all got to enjoy all Brian all the time. On to Tia Babe’s! Continue reading
Mikey and I started this blog mostly because we were bored and unemployed. Now we’re neither. In the interim we’ve managed to eat some good food, some not so good food, and meet a ton of really cool people.
Thanks to one of our readers, Michelle of ThePeevery.com, we might even get our 15 minutes of fame. You see, Michelle is an avid yelper and is just generally pissed off about a lot of things (probably because she’s about to pop out a kid any day now). One of the things that really got her going was her experience at Mama Rita’s in Newbury Park and the producers of a certain Gordon Ramsey fronted show found her review and invited her to come to Mama Rita’s Grand Re-opening. She was gracious enough to invite Mikey and myself to the fun and it was all down hill from there. Continue reading
I can’t let Mikey be the fish taco guy for the site. I just can’t. Not when I’ve only just begun to have an appreciation for them. So in response to Mikey’s fish taco ecstacy at Spencer Makenzie’s, I decided to take on a healthier fish taco in a quaint little mexican place in Westlake Village.
The Sea Casa – Corner of Westlake and Agoura Rd. Westlake Village
I had seen this place quite a few times, but resisted going in because there are so many great mexican food options around. It wasn’t until a friend told me they had the best shrimp tacos that I really took an interest. Continue reading
If you’ve been playing along at home, you already know Mikey’s boy Trent is a soccer star and recently discovered savant. What you don’t know is that he went and did what every kid always does… he got sick. That’s how it came to pass that the baton would fall to me to post this fine evening. Lucky for me I skipped lunch.
Yolanda’s – On Los Angeles Ave. between First and Madera, Simi Valley
I’ve been wanting to go to this place for a long time, but just haven’t had the opportunity. Well, that all changed tonight. Since Yolanda’s is right on my way to the skating rink (yeah, i’m a nerd like that) I figured I just couldn’t pass it up.
The first thing I noticed was that this place was huge. I know it looks tall from the photo I took, but that isn’t the half of it. They have a decent sized bar, big patio and two huge banquet hall sized dining rooms. I think the only place that’s bigger is Los Toros, but that’s because they just kept annexing territory in their own attempt at manifest mexican food destiny. Continue reading