We spent five days in Ojai at the wonderful Storytelling Festival and I wanted to pass-on what we learned food-wise - just to help our fellow travelers. Overall it was pretty disappointing but luckily we travel in our RV so we could cook good food at home.
The bakery at the Ojai Cafe is under new ownership - they used to have scrumptious goodies that we bought every visit but this time everything in the display case looked heavy and doughy. We tried a cinnamon roll (pretty terrible, much of it was tossed) and my son had a sugar cookie (kids are not too picky) - too bad the bakery went downhill.
We tried Suzanne's years ago and found it pretty mediocre so we skipped it this time.
Stopped into Antonio's Mexican food on Montgomery St. just for a quick quesadilla to go - the flour tortilla was tough (did they microwave it?) and the cheese was pretty tasteless. Chips were unsalted and not remarkable (we tossed these also). Quesadillas are pretty simple - how can you go wrong?
There is a coffee shop on the corner of Ojai Ave. and Montgomery - nice servers but again, pretty tasteless food. We bought a bagel and a brownie (again, simple food that should be easy to make delicious - yes?) - the bagel was better than Noah's (not saying much) but the brownie was under-cooked and did not have much flavor (no butter? no vanilla?).
The Sunday Farmer's Market had lots of good fruits, some baked goods, plenty of organic produce.. - this was the best place we ate in Ojai.
Tomorrow we are going to La Super Rica in Santa B. - at least we will have one good meal on this trip!