B and I wanted to get in on some Italian food so we headed to Dominick’s in Oxnard. They have been in business for quite a long time and have always been a great place to take the family for some great Italian food. After what has seemed like weeks of BBQ, Mexican, and Sushi I was definitely looking forward to it.
Dominick’s – Oxnard off of Oxnard Blvd
Dom’s is one of those places that you have to keep a sharp eye out for. They are right up against Oxnard Blvd and have no front parking. You need to take a side street and attack it from the rear. It’s a good sized place. It’s just got horrible parking. You almost feel like you’re parking to make a drug deal. You park where you can, even if it’s next to a dumpster or light pole. I’ve been to Dom’s a few times now and never had any issues, but then again I always seem to go in the daytime before the chupacabras come out to play. I’m sure it’s perfectly safe. It’s also just a block from Wins, which is a great place for Tacos.
Everyone is really nice, from server, to busser, to management, they treat you like you’re back at home, minus the chonies on the lamp shade and the loud neighbor who only plays Motley Crue songs. Like I said before, the place is pretty big and they can easily cater to large parties.
They give you fresh bread when you sit down and get you any drinks or appetizers very quickly. The only bad part about their seating is that all the windows give you a fantastic view of the fabulous Oxnard Blvd. Unless you like traffic, train tracks and sides of buildings, there is no pressing need to rush to get a window seat.
B went with the Chicken parm with minestrone soup and I went with the Manicotti with a side of meatballs thrown on top. We also ordered fried zucchini to get a feel for their appetizers. Continue reading
Mikey and I took a run down San Diego way a while back and were looking for another great place to review. Luckily, this time I did a little thinkin’ ahead and called my friend Talia, to pick her brain about where I could find some delicious pizza. She let me know that Pizza Port was, hands down, the best pizza in all of San Diego. And with a recommendation like that, how could we not go check it out?
Some of you might have noticed that it’s been a while since we did our last pizza review. The reason for that isn’t the fact that we started hating pizza, but instead that Mikey and I have been struggling to find places that live up to our rigid standards. Pizza is the only thing on the site that we rate (a la Zagat) and, so far, we’ve yet to have a pizza crack 80 on our 100 point scale. (Otherwise known as the Pizza Measuring System or PMS) Our last pizza was the highest scoring yet and it only managed a 76.
Is there a new Godfather in our pizza mafia? Keep reading to find out… Continue reading
I usually leave Ventura reviews for Mikey, since he’s local and all. But last Friday night I got an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. My friend Tiffany happens to be friends with the executive chef at Cafe Fiore and since I was craving a little decadence, I decided to give Fiore the EatMeCalifornia treatment.
Cafe Fiore – On California St. near Main, in Downtown Ventura
What ended up happening was that EatMeCalifornia got the Fiore treatment. We arrived right on time for our 8 o’clock reservation and were whisked away to a nice little booth in the back of the restaurant. The place was packed with 20-30 somethings drinking cocktails and having a great time. I instantly loved the vibe of this place and it didn’t hurt that it was gorgeous too. The look is rustic, with high ceilings, dark wood and wine racks everywhere. It reminded me a lot of what the guys over at Cafe Firenze were trying to accomplish, but this smaller, more intimate space carries it off even better than Fabio and his crew have managed. Continue reading
As you all know, B and I just finished up a trip to San Francisco to get my hoopty. On our way back down south I wanted to get B to this pizza place called the Klondike Café. It’s a cool little joint in the town of Arroyo Grande. They have some great pizza and a really great atmosphere.
Klondike Café – Arroyo Grande: Take Grand Ave Exit off the 101 North
I’ve known about Klondike for a while. I used to live in Arroyo Grande for a few years and have a couple of good places we will be adding to the EatMeCalifornia map. Klondike Café is a stop you should definitely add. They are in the basement of a building on Grand Ave, in the little old town of AG. It’s Alaskan style pizza in a very cool tavern-like atmosphere. Continue reading
Saturday was a great day for EatMeCalifornia. Not only did we get in yet another sweet pizza review, but we also made our first appearance on WordsCause, a blogtalk radio show hosted by one of our readers. If you haven’t heard the show yet, here is the link to listen. We pretty much take up the 8-30 minute section of the show, which proves once and for all that Mikey and I are really full of hot air.
Dean actually took the time to come hang out with us and help us eat our pie. I’ve known him for a while now, but had no idea how talented he really was until he showed me the iphone game that he developed. It’s called Jack The Rabbit and besides being fun, it’ll also give you gynormous forearms and put hair on your chest. Oh, you’d like some video? Here ya go:
Jack the Rabbit iPhone Demonstration
I Jacked the Rabbit.
on to the review… Continue reading
So I’m a big food TV fan, but I haven’t been watching much lately since Mikey has a good grip on Hell’s Kitchen and Top Chef is in hibernation for now. I did manage to catch the new show called Chopped on NBC. Guess what? They cancelled that shizz yesterday. Oh well, there weren’t any interesting peeps on there anyway.
Back to my celebrity chef fetish… I don’t normally act on it by going to their restaurants (except TC Betty’s Grub in LA & Brian’s Oceanaire in SD). I also tend to stay away from the store products that celebs schill for. If you must know, I only buy Paul Newman tomato sauces. Have you ever seen Cool Hand Luke? What a badass that guy was.
So for the first time in forever, I bowed down to the cult of chef celebrity by having lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. Bistro in Westlake. And it goes a little something like this… Continue reading
B and I hit up our third pizza joint. A place called Bottleworks on the East end of Ventura. Most of the pizza’s so far have been mediocre, so we were hoping Bottleworks would break the mold. Continue reading