I recently began working in Camarillo and eating lunch there. I am a veg, so I only hit the less meaty parts of the menu. Here is my first report:
Olas Mexican Grill, Ventura Blvd in old town. I love the casual surfer feel of this place. The food, while by no means gourmet, is made with fresh ingredients and is cheap and in huge portions. Choose a communal table and make some friends. I got a huge veg tostada one day and a chile relleno burrito the other. The chile relleno was made with an ortega chile not a pasilla, so it wasn't my fave. Also came with shreds of pork - I didn't ask if that was the usual deal or whether I got lucky. Good salsa bar with nice tomatillo salsa. Lunches $5-$7.
Yolies Mexican, Arneill and Las Posas Roads. Nice folks, order-at-the counter place (as was Olas). Very clean and friendly, huge salsa bar, the rest of the food rather unimpressive. I had mole enchiladas with a very sweet obviously store bought mole one day and some pretty good spinach enchiladas another time. Enchiladas $7.25
Sawadee Thai, Arneill near Daily. A really nice staff, a cute location, family-run, very friendly and helpful. Lots of lunch specials including about 6 veg dishes. I had the veg "yellow" curry which was more reddish, actually, Nice fresh veg, not the most amazing, complex curry I have ever had, but it did the trick. The best part of the meal was their "brown" rice, which is actually an amazing, roasty flavored purple-black rice. Lunch specials about $6.50
Ric's Restaurant, Arneill and Las Posas. A little upscale. Very well prepared food. Fresh American cuisine. I had a nice baby spinach salad with mango, strawberry and feta. Nice patio outside, too. After an initially odd reception from the maitre d' (he looked right past me, never made eye contact - I was confused about whether he was speaking to me or what) - the server was very efficient. Salad was $9, most lunches between $10 and $16.
House of Pho, near Tresierras Market and 99 cents only on Arneill - not the best Vietnamese I have ever had, but dang, folks, I was eating Vietnamese in CAMARILLO, which is huge to me. I had a fine nice bowl of tofu noodle soup, which came with chiles, lime and bean sprouts (no herbs). About $7. The outstanding part of the meal on a hot day was an icily-chilled jelly coconut with the top lopped off so you could drink the juice and scrape off the soft, mild flesh and suck the pieces up your straw. $1.75 and wonderful. A family place, good, friendly service.
The Habit, Daily between Arneill and Carmen - big burgers and fries are the order of the day. People seemed to be loving them - a line out the door. I got a veg burger and a side salad, both fine, about $7 total. Pretty noisy and crowded at lunch, and outside tables are right by the freeway.
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