Ventura Crab N Spice: From Crab to Quail Eggs

February 2, 2016 1:20 pm

Don't be fooled by the relatively simple look of the garlic noodles at Ventura Crab N Spice. They may look innocuous enough, but Yelp reviewers reveal that they're positively bursting with garlicky flavors—which is precisely what makes them such a big hit at this new eatery in Ventura.

Grab some of the side of your main entree, any of the fresh seafoods listed on the chalkboard menu at Ventura Crab N Spice. Of course, you can always opt for Dungeness crab, king crab legs, or snow crab legs, but other options range from shrimp to mussels to crawfish to lobster tail. Then decide on your mix-ins, including seasonings such as lemon garlic or coconut, and a sauce. Original, mild, medium, spicy, and "assassin" are your options. Locals also recommend you add some quail eggs to your order.

Ventura Crab N Spice
4732 Telephone Road
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 535-4363

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Pick Up a Sandwich or Salad at Rou-Meli Cafe

January 26, 2016 1:52 pm

Sometimes, you want a meal to be an event. You want a server to rattle off the specials, white linens crisp and spotless on the table, an extra fork for the salad. But sometimes, you just want fresh, healthy food in a hurry—before your lunch break is over. Rou-Meli Cafe can help with the latter.

This popular coffee house and eatery in Oxnard hasn't been around for very long, but already it's garnering buzz for the colorful sandwiches and salads on its menu, along with the piping-hot java. If you only have a minute to roll through in the morning, grab a chocolate croissant and a cup of coffee or specialty java drink. If you're coming in for lunch, order the avocado melt with provolone and feta cheese, tomato, wild arugula, and creamy avocado with chipotle aioli, all tucked between golden-brown pieces of whole wheat bread. There are many other sammies on the menu, as well as equally inventive salads.

Rou-Meli Cafe
2350 E. Vineyard Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 981-7979

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Dig Into House-Made Tortillas Stuffed with Meat at Carnitas El Rey

January 19, 2016 2:26 pm

House-made tortillas. Fresh pico de gallo. Tender carnitas. These are the major components that make Carnitas El Rey such a popular spot in Oxnard—it boasts a five-star average on Yelp. So don't let the restaurant's relatively simple brick storefront or quick-serve counter deter you from savoring a meal here. It may look like a modest establishment, but the food shines in a big way.

Unsurprisingly, the carnitas are the main attraction at Carnitas El Rey. The juicy meat tops the fresh, house-crafted tortillas, embellished with cherry-red pico de gallo, a dusting of cilantro, and a few wedges of lime for spritzing citrusy flavors onto your tacos. Order a full pound (or two) of the meat along with a piping-hot stack of the tortillas, and you should stay entertained for a while building your carnitas. While you're at it, sip on a Mexican beer. Just for good measure.

Carnitas El Rey
124 E. 5th Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 290-8794

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