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MONTE CRISTOS

Jack's Deli has been closed for over 2 years.

Jun 07, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Camarillo, and an afternoon snack/early dinner between there and LAX?

Also along Ventura Boulevard in Old Town is the Old Town Tavern (farm to table menu with flatbreads, sandwiches, salads for lunch) and upscale enough for a client, or, Estabolos Meat Market (near the train station)for tacos (NOT upscale enough for a client, unless the client likes tacos).

Jun 04, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Camarillo, and an afternoon snack/early dinner between there and LAX?

Since neither you or your SO are from the area, I thought I would just give you some geography input that could affect what restaurant you choose. Camarillo is north and west of LAX, with only two main ways to travel between the two: either (1) route 101 to 405 to LAX or (2) Los Posas Road to route 1 to LAX. Both can be congested near rush hour, though at rush hour I would take route 1 (it will be fairly well moving until you hit Santa Monica).

If lunch in Camarillo is needed before the client meeting, going to Westlake or TO (thousand oaks) would require heading towards LAX and then backtracking (15 minutes each direction). Brent's is in TO, so would be a great stop IF heading towards LAX via route 101.

The suggestions from Servorg (except for Bucato) are between Santa Monica and LAX if you take route 1. However, they are quite a distance from the freeway if you take the route101 - 405.

Manahattan Beach is south of LAX and so would require passing the airport for dinner, and then back tracking.

You can see all this on google maps, but sometimes it is easier if someone points it out. Since time is short for your SO, he should not be back tracking or getting far from his meetings/ flights.

Jun 04, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area
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California Strawberry Festival, Oxnard- May 17 & 18, 2014 - Has anyone been in the past?

I have been several times, but will not go again. The reason - crowds. The event has outgrown its space, so it is not only crowded at the Strawberry Festival but difficult to get to (whether you drive or use the shuttle buses). If you cannot tell, I do not like large crowds.

And all the $12 entry fees gets you is a few bands......and they do not even get the better local bands. Everything costs extra once inside.

May 09, 2014
Naamans in California
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Thousand Oaks

You must be going to see Johnny Clegg Band.

"The Lakes" shopping center (owned by Rick Caruso) is right next door to the Kavli Theater. I am not sure if any of the eateries there are what you are looking for, but it would allow you park once and attend the concert. Choices at The Lakes are: PF Changs, CA Pizza Kitchen, Umami Burger, or Sabor Mexican. 9021PHO is opening a new place here, but it is still under construction.

Directly across Thousand Oaks Boulevard is Mastros.

May 07, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area
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A few LA hounds had mentioned the original location of Freebirds in Isla Vista/Santa Barbara for their nachos ???

Note that the original Isla Vista location is a separate company from the rest of the Freebirds chain. My nephews at UCSB love the Isla Vista Freebirds, but would probably not accept a free meal at the other locations (well, maybe would accept for free, but would not put out their own money).

Apr 30, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

There ARE good restaurants in Burbank!

Wow, you like the beer at BJ's?

Feb 13, 2014
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Graduation Dinner June 17th near Palo Alto

Graduation will be done by mid afternoon, so looking for an early dinner Sunday evening (do not want to hurry to get to dinner). How would Left Bank be for a large party - I do not want to feel like we are imposing on other diners if it is an intimate setting.

Jun 06, 2012
Naamans in San Francisco Bay Area

Graduation Dinner June 17th near Palo Alto

Village Pub was one of the places had checked earlier that is already booked. I have looked at web sites of the other establishments and they do seem like what I am looking for. The problem, however, is that all (except Donato) are already booked Sunday evening (at least according to Open Table - I will try calling directly.....Martin's West especially seems intersting).

Jun 06, 2012
Naamans in San Francisco Bay Area

Graduation Dinner June 17th near Palo Alto

I realize I should have taken care of this much sooner, but am looking to make a dinner reservation for Sunday June 17th after Stanford graduation for 10 people. Many of the popular choices in and near Palo Alto are already "sold out" (as this is also Father's Day).

9 of the 10 people (all except the graduate) are from out of town and not super familiar with all the possibilities. Age ranges are 19 to 83. Looking for a place with good food but also where we can all talk and be loud if in that mood. Would prefer a place serving local foods, i.e., foods that are only available or better than average in the SF Bay area. As for location, if not in Palo Alto then someplace north as most of the party are staying in Millbrae. Cost can be moderate to expensive (just not ultra expensive).

Looking for someplace that perhaps the typical graduation party might not be looking at (since those places are probably booked already anyway).

Jun 06, 2012
Naamans in San Francisco Bay Area

Perfect restaurant to have an affair in.

The outdoor BBQ (with the biker groups) is still going on Sunday afternoons. It does attract more than just biker groups (very crowded).

Sep 24, 2011
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Good Seafood Restaurants in Ventura??? Lunch

I actually like Brophy Bros more than Andria's foodwise, servicewise and viewwise. But Brophy Bros. is more expensive - Andria's is a much better deal. They are just across the parking lot from each other, so check both out.

Feb 09, 2010
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Good Seafood Restaurants in Ventura??? Lunch

I fourth Andria's, but it is the opposite of upscale - order at the counter, paper plates, bus your own table. But the food is good and fresh, and reasonably priced.

And the view is of the harbor, not the ocean (even though it is right across the street from the ocean, there is no view of ocean).

And it is a ways from the freeway - not a quick off and on.

Feb 09, 2010
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

blue bayou monte cristo sandwich

Delicious? I don't agree. Went to Blue Bayou 12/29/09 and ordered Monte Cristo sanwich. One of the worst things I have ever attempted to eat........greasy, more bread and batter than anything else, totally unedible. I can usually eat anything, but not this (I could not even get half way through). Let this be a warning to those who have not tried this sandwich...don't.

Jan 15, 2010
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive Type Places Around Newport Beach

The Beachcomber only takes reservations for dates (about) 45 days in advance, and then leaves 70% of the restaurant for walk ups. So you can just show up and get a table (but the waits can be long).

Jan 15, 2010
Naamans in Los Angeles Area

Best Fish and Chips?

For the record, Andria's is in Ventura Harbor (not Channel Island Harbor, which is in Oxnard).....don't want anyone to get lost looking for it.

Aug 09, 2009
Naamans in Los Angeles Area