I had a movie to get to, so I had to find something nearby and something quick. I had about 30 minutes to work with, so I decided to hit this little Thai joint that is right next to the theater. On the outside of the building it says Thai To Go, but the lady running the place told me its actually called Uniquely Thai, so we will go with that. It’s a really little place that seats 10 at the most, but they are attached to a food court so there is plenty of seating around it. I was hoping for a quick hearty meal. What I got was…….
Uniquely Thai – Off of Johnson next to Century 16 Theaters
My first impression of this place is that it’s under new ownership. Most of what they have on the menu is pictured on the wall and they offer as much help as a hobo with schizophrenia when trying to find out what’s good. I asked 3 different times what would be good and all I got was a vacant stare. It was kinda like asking a Zebra how it got its stripes. Basically the Zebra will look at you and acknowledge your existence, but he ain’t givin up anything.
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
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
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
Maki Yaki is a franchised sushi joint. I guess you could say it’s the Arby’s of sushi. It’s not as fast food as a San Sai, but it is more fast food than your locally owned sushi restaurant. The question remains, though, how does the quality stand up to other sushi restaurants?
Maki Yaki – On Thompson in Ventura – Also with many locations in CA and surrounding states.
I was at the Ventura location, not this one.