Though the weather stays balmy through most of the year in Southern California, you can always tell the season by visiting Campus Yogurt. There, staff update their 24 frozen yogurt nozzles with seasonal flavors such as pink lemonade sorbet and key lime bar in spring. Customers can swirl creamy flavors such as dreamy dark chocolate, Tahitian vanilla, and cheesecake into cups, then customize them with more 30 toppings that range from fresh cut fruit to chocolates and gummi worms. Each treat is completely customizable, from its ingredients to its size to what you spell out in M&Ms for the cute cashier. Customers can enjoy their treat on the go, or relax at Campus Yogurt’s outdoor seating.
Al fresco paintings and beds of red riding hoods, lilies, and roses decorate Secret Garden Restaurant’s outdoor patio, whose retractable awning allows feasts to unfold beneath cloudless blue or starry night skies. Spotlighted on USA Today’s list of romantic restaurants in Ventura County, the patio’s charming gardens and gazebo frequently double as a wedding venue. While sun- and moonlight help illuminate outdoor meals, iridescent chandeliers and candles wedged into silver candelabras light a Victorian-style dining room filled with 100-year-old English tables and chairs.
Lest the scenery completely dominate his diners’ attention, Chef Michel Bardavid’s meticulous presentations draw eyes to his plates of French cuisine. The French native uses seasonal ingredients to create dishes such as quail stuffed with mushroom and sausage, duck confit and cippolini onions tossed with fettuccini, and lobster bisque spiked with a hint of cognac. A bottle from the generous wine menu enhances the chef’s creations, just as a talking dog enhances any undercover police investigations.
The servers at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler tap eight draft brews and mix up their signature margaritas to temper the heat of their southwestern and Mexican fare. After diners visit the complimentary chips-and-salsa bar, they can settle in and consider the menu's options, which include mesquite-broiled tri-tip tucked into jumbo burritos, half-pound Angus barbecue bacon burgers piled with onion strings, and california tacos with mesquite chicken and avocado.
Every Sunday at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, the HD flat-screen TVs broadcast whichever NFL games and razor commercials are playing. Daily specials mix up the menu, and every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., bartenders keep busy mixing pitchers of margaritas and other happy-hour favorites. Diners can admire colorful airbrushed artwork and take kids to play arcade games inside or head out to the patio for open-air dining.
Swagat Cuisine of India lassos a tapestry of tastes to curb hunger with a menu of low-fat Indian food prepared in 100 percent vegetable oil. Warm up stiff stomach-based food processors with pre-meal stretches of samosa ($2.95) or vegetarian pakora ($3.95), a gaggle of cauliflower, potato, and spinach dredged in chickpea batter, fried golden brown, and painted with tomato chutney. The lamb korma ($10.95) curbs advancing appetites with a bill of lamb meat simmered tender in an elixir of cream, spices, and nuts. Saag paneer ($8.95), a blend of pureed spinach and cubes of paneer with onion, ginger, and spices, appeases vegetarians, and chicken tikka ($9.95) banishes marinated chicken to the depths of a tandoori oven before it gets a finishing drizzle of tomato-fenugreek-saffron sauce. Guests can anchor any meal with a side of aachar ($0.95), a traditional Indian mix of pickled vegetables bestowed upon victors of dal wrestling matches.
The Tudor-Craftsman façade of the 102-year-old Glen Tavern Inn has many claims to fame: the former headquarters of Union Oil, a onetime speakeasy, and host to stars such as John Wayne and Rin Tin Tin. However; today, it’s inhabited by Enzo's Italian Restaurant, whose chefs recreate classic Italian recipes. They sling pies into an Old World-style pizza oven, which fires crusts topped with artichokes and pepperoncinis or chicken with pesto and feta cheese to a perfect golden brown. They also churn out pastas such as Sicilian-style rigatoni with sausage and creamy marinara sauce. Exposed wooden beams crisscross the ceiling in the dining room, where each weekend diners can applaud live entertainment or join in by playing their spoons.
Garman's Pub is a place where family, friends, strangers (soon to be friends) gather to enjoy good food, great drink, traditional entertainment and honest conversation. We are about people engaging one another in the epicenter of Santa Paula.
Helmed by a family of pizza lovers, The Don's Pizzeria combines the best examples of America's pizza cuisine from New York to California, making each pie to order from fresh cheeses and toppings. Guests sink their teeth into light margherita pizzas or gluten-free pies covered in avocado and artichoke, or they can opt for a substantial dinner with the Slammer, which is crowned with ham, sausage, and pepperoni. Diners also sup on subs stuffed with meatballs and sauce, calzones filled with mushrooms and zucchini, or deli sandwiches made with turkey, roast beef, salami, and avocado.