Just moved to Ojai from Encinitas (Northern San Diego County) and have been sampling a few of the local restaurants. I thought I would share.
The Farmer and the Cook - Well, this place is awesome, imho. It is a 100 percent organic grocery store and cafe. A lot of their produce is farmed by the owners themselves. The salad bar is delicious. I had some of the best beets ever. The produce amazingly fresh, the salad dressings wonderful. They have a good bakery, with more healthful desserts and treats. I especially liked the herb scone (tasted like stuffing) and their bread. On Friday, Sat, & Sun nights they have a full scale restaurant set-up, often with live music. The sense of community there is great as well. The cafe and restaurant are vegetarian. I had the nutloaf with mashed potatoes and shitake gravy. Oh yummy!
Papa Lennon's - A fairly new eatery, from what I understand, they serve paninis, pizza, salads, and pasta. I had the rosemary chicken panini, my sweetie had the bbq chicken pizza. Both were really good. The side salad was delicious. Gelato for dessert. Affordable, family owned, with a really nice outdoor space. I want to go back for the pasta and the chicken with brie panini.
Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe - We went in for dinner. They only do dinner on Thurs, Fri, & Sat right now. Breakfast and lunch every day but Wed (closed all day Wed). I had the blue plate special. That night it was tri-tip (cooked to order - medium rare), roasted veggies with roasted garlic, & rosemary potatoes. All that for $5.95. I laughed out loud when the check came. It was really yummy as well. My favorite combo - yummy and affordable. The restaurant has that down-home feel to it. My sweetie had the spinach & mushroom lasagna - also fab with a salad - home made blue cheese dressings. And the pie rocked. We got the bumble-berry ( a combo berry and apple pie) warm with ice cream.
Farmer & the Cook Market & Cafe
339 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023
515 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023
Bonnie Lu's Country Cafe
328 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023