Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of classic American fare and drinks at Busy Bee Cafe.
Busy Bee Cafe engenders memories of poodle skirts and soda shops with an evocative mix of '50s décor and classic American fare. Loaded skins kick off the nostalgic menu with a selfless gesture, as potatoes shed their outer layer to be piled with jack and cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and dipping sauce ($5.99). Busy Bee Cafe's Reuben sandwich is a crowd favorite, with a mouthwatering stockpile of corned beef or pastrami, garnished with heaps of sauerkraut, coleslaw, potato salad and cheese, and doused in tangy thousand island dressing ($9.95). A Busy Bee Cafe's specialty, the chicken fried steak dons a contradictory moniker in a futile attempt to throw voracious diners off their mission to devour its mix of grilled and battered beef, topped in homemade country gravy ($12.99 for dinner). Classic ice-cream sodas deliver a velvety blow that knocks palates back to the olden days of lunch counters and Eisenhower Halloween costumes ($4.45).
Vintage signs spill out from Busy Bee Cafe's candy-striped awning, welcoming customers into this seeming rift in the space-time continuum. Checkerboard floors and red leather booths foster a genuine '50s ambiance, while jukeboxes on each tabletop make diners tap their feet and reassemble the old doo-wop group for one last barbershop festival tour.
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
478 E Main St.
Ventura, California 93001Get Directions