Author: Dane Edmondson

Delicious destination in downtown Ojai

Hip Vegan Cafe 201 N. Montgomery St., Ojai 805-669-6363 $3-15 I’m primarily vegan, a stance highly susceptible to churlish ridicule from both ends of the food-choice spectrum. I also believe in fair and equal representation, which is why I find it fundamentally flawed to review a restaurant while simultaneously adhering to dietary restrictions (barring catastrophic health risk, of course). How could you, as the reader, trust my words on the legitimacy of al pastor tacos or a tri-tip sandwich if I merely relied on the menu description or a neighboring-table glance to determine its merit? Thankfully this credence was...

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Basque-ing in the glory

La Bodega Tapas Bar100 East El Roblar Dr., #104, Ojai805-798-9312labodegaojai.com$1.50-$13 The community of Meiners Oaks was historically known for its residential standing more so than its hangouts — with all due respect to the Deer Lodge and The Hut. But that has all changed in recent years, with several new staples sprouting up. The most recent addition to the bourgeoning scene is La Bodega Tapas Bar, an authenticated nod to the cultural aspects of Spain. Patatas bravas, a common treat in España, consisting of fried cubed potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce and rich contrasting aioli. Bombas, salmon-stuffed...

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Casual comfort, Indonesian-style, in Ojai

Topa Topa Brewery345 E. Ojai Ave.Ojai$3-$16 Having spent a couple of weeks in Bali to celebrate my 30th birthday, I developed an affinity for the complex palate of Indonesian cuisine. The combination of multiple exotic spices creates a cross-pattern of flavor that is unique to the vast collection of islands. I was seduced by these amalgamations, and found myself longing for them well after I ventured back to the states. The only issue was that, for as many other Asian food factions that are readily accessible, Indonesian seems to be mostly unaccounted for. So one can imagine the excitement...

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Sumptuous siesta

Agave Maria106 S. Montgomery St., Ojai805- 646-6353$3-$18 Walking into the courtyard entrance of Agave Maria in downtown Ojai one might feel as though they have been teleported to a part of Oaxaca. A serene water fountain sculpture welcomes guests to the terra-cotta tiled outdoor dining area, which is inviting for both summer and winter use due to several heat lamps. For those seeking a traditional indoor cantina experience, Agave Maria has your back as well. In addition there is a welcoming bar with about six seats of real estate to gaze upon the playoff games or wall of tequila,...

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Indulging in options at Tap’d

Tap’d Ventura 546 E. Main St. Ventura 805-667-8771 $6.95-$24.95 When I heard that space which housed Amigo’s Cantina, on Main St. in Ventura, was “Via con Dios,” I was curious what the next manifestation would bring. After months of much-needed remodeling the anticipation is over, and Tap’d, a cutting-edge craft beer and food establishment, has interactively brought new life to a prime downtown space. Conceptualized by Sean Ardoin and Robert Washington — with help from Melvin Nunnery and Mark Covarrubias — this tech-forward take on the tap house is a unique and progressive approach. Patrons wishing to imbibe need...

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