As sure as the sun rose each morning, Izuto “Izzy” Otani would stroll down to the beach before work, fishing pole in hand, to begin the day with his favorite pastime. Inspired to make his hobby his life, Izzy left his current business to open the Izzy Otani Fish Market in 1952. Over the years, he and his wife Helen began to prepare Japanese and Mexican dishes for market visitors, beginning the grocery’s slow transformation into a full-fledged restaurant. They’ve been serving hungry customers ever since.
More than 60 years later, Otani’s, recently awarded the Downtown Business of the Year Award by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, still serves fish in homemade sauces and recipes made from scratch each day. They spice up fried red snapper in fish tacos, char broil tasty slabs of salmon, and coat oysters and shrimp with a light, crispy tempura shell. They specialize particularly in boneless filets—a true delicacy in the United States, where fish have not yet evolved to shed their primitive skeletons.
Baker extraordinaire Missy ? of Missy's Cupcake Creations ? loves making and sharing delicious cupcakes, so much so that she earned the popular vote for best cupcake from the Ventura County Reporter's Best Of Food & Drink contest.
Her intimate, sweet-smelling shop features row after row of gourmet mini-cakes, some stuffed with fudge and titled chocolate thunder, some flavored like maple syrup and sprinkled with bacon. She also serves some simple savory eats such as hot dogs and hamburgers, for those who wish to stop by for meal before sinking teeth into one of her guaranteed-moist cupcakes, which come in regular and mini sizes.
In 1967, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue began as a small drive-thru diner in Honolulu. Over the next several decades, the eatery expanded to more than 175 franchise locations across its home state and the continental United States. Though they have maintained their original base of operations and continue to draw on its local inspirations, L&L's owners take pride in introducing new communities to their take on traditional island comfort fare. Dishes such as fried chicken katsu, shredded kalua pork, and blends of mixed Hawaiian-style barbecue draw from Asian and American culinary influences, and ice-cold drinks pay homage to the frozen strait that first brought explores from Hawaii to the mainland.
At Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold.
Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut serves anything but a low-fat menu.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Bring the whole clan to Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut to grab a spot on the patio.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut in jeans and a hoodie.
For those in a hurry, the coffee shop lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Mrs Olson's Coffee Hut is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Cafe Amri in Oxnard.
The menu at Cafe Amri does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
At Cafe Amri, kids of all ages are welcome.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Cafe Amri, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Cafe Amri for a group meal.
At Cafe Amri, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
The dress code at Cafe Amri is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Bring the Cafe Amri's great food to your place.
With a parking lot adjacent to Cafe Amri, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Cafe Amri.
Cafe Amri accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Relax and create your own Mexican creation at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
Indulge in a creative, healthy and low-fat meal at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
At Yolanda's Mexican Cafe, kids of all ages are welcome.
Seating is readily available at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe for those with large parties.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Yolanda's Mexican Cafe patrons come in casual attire.
Yolanda's Mexican Cafe prides itself in its delicious catering.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
Save some dough on parking at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Yolanda's Mexican Cafe.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Yolanda's Mexican Cafe, so plan your budget accordingly.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.