Author: Nancy Shaffer

Spicy, citrusy and fresh at Limón y Sal

Limón y Sal 598 E. Main St. Ventura 628-3868 $3.99-44.99  When fine dining establishment Watermark on Main surprisingly closed its doors in October, the owners, Mark and Kathy Hartley, already had prospects in mind. Almost immediately it was announced that the Ortiz family, owners of the El Pescador chain of restaurants (with one each in Santa Paula and Fillmore), was taking over the large, three-story corner building. A new name (Limón y Sal) and concept (modern gourmet Mexican cuisine) were announced shortly thereafter. It’s taken some months for the new restaurant to get off the ground, but it’s already...

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CiCi’s Encyclopedia Brunchica

CiCi’s Café 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village 818-874-3391 $11-30 Choices, choices and more choices — that seems to be the vision driving CiCi’s Cafe. The casual chic eatery, recently opened in Westlake Village in the spot formerly occupied by The Counter, offers more than a menu — it offers a veritable tome of breakfast options, with page after page of pancakes (somewhere around 50 choices), waffles, French toast and crepes (a few dozen each) as well as a not-insubstantial selection of eggs, omelets and other protein-rich dishes. “Salt and pepper . . . sugar and cream” is...

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