Relax and indulge at Barrel 33

Barrel 33 1067 E. Thompson Blvd. Ventura 652-1810 $8.50-20.50 Barrel 33 in Ventura has survived. Perhaps all of us should be saying that about ourselves after the trauma of Thomas. But it’s not just that the physical building survived, though that is good enough — it is that the air of simple, good and honest ingredients did, too. And under its new owner, Parfait Eklu, who hails from France and took over the bistro from Norbert Furnee in 2016, the small wine bistro on Thompson Boulevard is a true oasis. In its original iteration, first in Ojai (now closed)...

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