Grand Opening of Dave & Buster's Thousand Oaks on Monday, March 4, 2019

As you may have already heard, the long-anticipated Dave & Buster’s at 145 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks is set to open on Monday, March 4, 2019. Here are some details about the place:

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  • This 32,000 square foot facility is the 15th location in California and 123rd location overall.

  • There is a sports bar with dozens of HDTVs with plenty of seating.

  • A huge portion of the space is dedicated towards arcade games. Additionally, guests can play the multiplayer virtual reality attraction featuring “Dragonfrost,” where guests will embark on the ultimate winter quest to save the kingdom, and Jurassic World VR Expedition, an interactive cinematic experience that transports players to the jungles of Isla Nubar on an epic rescue inspired by the Jurassic World film series.

  • Private event space available for any occasion, size and budget.

  • Some of the newer menu items include Ancho Caesar Lettuce Wraps, The Super Stack Burger and BBBacon Burger (featuring 3 types of bacon), Philly Cheesesteak Sliders & Goldfingers (hand-breaded chicken fingers), Green Chile Chicken Tacos, Avocado Toast with Mexican Street Corn and the 100% plant-based Impossible Burger.

Weekly Specials

  • Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm and Late Night Happy Hour Sun-Thurs 10pm-close) offers half priced cocktails, $2.50 domestic pints and other specials.

  • 2 for Tuesday: $2 beers, $2 tacos & 2 free game plays (with $10 Power Card purchase)

  • Wed: Half price games all day

  • Thurs: All You Can Eat Wings + Unlimited Video Game Play for $19.99 (All Day)

Hours of operation are Sun-Thu 11am to 1am and Fri-Sat 11am to 2am.

www.daveandbusters.com/locations/thousand-oaks

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Pizza Places in the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County

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Pizza is the perfect food. It is easy to order over the phone. Easy to pick up. Easy to deliver. Pizza does not require utensils and thus saves time on cleaning and dishwashing. Though often greasy, it provides us with all 4 major food groups (keeping in mind tomatoes are a fruit). Kids love pizza. Pizza can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snacktime and dinner and does not require heating (at least in my house). And of course, pizza makes a very good accompaniment to beer. What's not to love about pizza? Here is an alphabetical list of pizza places in the Conejo Valley and neighboring areas.

Ameci's Pizza and Pasta is at 1560 Newbury Road, #3, Newbury Park (805.499.8300), 30651 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Agoura (818.889.7722), 1724 Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (805.493.2914), Westlake Village (DELIVERY ONLY) (818.889.7778), 302 W. Los Angeles St., Moorpark (805.529.3399) and 2780 Tapo Canyon Blvd., Simi Valley (805.581.9770)

Barone's Pizzeria is located at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village. (818.889.1474). baronespizzeria.com

Butler's Pizza (formerly Mulberry Street Pizzeria and prior to that, PizzaSalad) at 1655 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks 805.379.1121

Cafe Topanga is at 171 North Reino Road, Newbury Park (805.498.2166) Decent food at this place. They deliver. I've had their pizzas several times and they were pretty good.

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California Pizza Kitchen is at 2200 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.,Thousand Oaks (at The Lakes) (805.777.1778) and 1555 Simi Town Center Way, #790, Simi Valley (Simi Valley Town Center) (805.522.0030) www.cpk.com

Chuck E. Cheese's is at 130 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805.497.2522) and 4714 Telephone Road, Ventura (805.644.9777) www.chuckecheese.com

Costco is at 5700 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village (818.597.3900), 2001 East Ventura Blvd., Oxnard (805.983.4200) and 2660 Park Center Drive, Simi Valley (805.578.3301). www.costco.com I love Costco pizza.  Huge slices of pizza for small sums of money.  My top choice for bargain pizza that is well stocked with cheese.

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D'Amore's Famous Pizza is located at 2869 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks (805.496.0030) and 300 N. Lantana, #34, Camarillo (805.445.6534). www.damoresfamouspizza.com D'Amore's has baking pizzas since 1987.

Domino's Pizza locations include 2405 Michael Drive, Suite B, Newbury Park (805.499.0681), 2220 N. Moorpark Road, Suite 10, Thousand Oaks (805.496.6221), 2855 Agoura Road, Westlake Village (805.495.3834), 481 High Street, Moorpark (805.523.3030) and 665 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley (805.527.7493) www.dominos.com

Draughts is located at 398 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks www.draughtsrestaurant.com (805.777.7883) The pizza is delicious and their menu is full of great combinations.

Fresh Brothers Pizza has locations at The Promenade at Westlake (100 Promenade Way) (805.777.8448) and another location at The Commons at Calabasas (4799 Commons Way).

Greco's New York Pizzeria is at 245 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (Janss Marketplace) (805.777.7271) Huge NY style pizzas that my family loves. You'll be hard pressed to find larger slices than these.

California Slice Pizzeria is at 1087 Scandia Avenue, Ventura (805.323.5154) californiaslice.com

Lamppost Pizza is at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village (818.879.2195), 3921 Cochran St, Simi Valley (805.522.9030) and 530 E. Los Angeles, Ste. 101, Moorpark (805.529.6220). This is a family favorite for post game gatherings and parties. 

Little Caesars has locations in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard (3), Camarillo, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Fillmore and Ventura (2). littlecaesars.com

MOD (Made on Demand) Pizza has locations in Simi Valley (2941 Cochran Street) 805.842.4442 and Newbury Park (1015 Broadbeck Drive) 805.214.7010 with "design your own" pizzas. modpizza.com

Papa John's is at 3321 Kimber Drive, Newbury Park (805.480.3939), 2072 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (805.241.7171), 1877 E. Daily Drive, Ste G, Camarillo (805.482.9911) 393 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark (805.529.9100), 706 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park (818.879.2111), 1308 Madera Road, Simi Valley (805.584.8500), 2350 Vineyard Ave., Oxnard (805.278.7272), 1411 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard (805.487.7800), 2202 Tapo Street, Simi Valley (805.584.1700), and 5722 Telephone Road, Ventura (805.650.3200) www.papajohns.com

Parma Pizzeria Napoletana opened in January 2017 at 796 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, offering up delicious New York, Detroit style and Neapolitan style pizzas. parmapizzerianapoletana.com 805.370.1370

Pieology Pizzeria opened at 593 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805.273.9500) in August 2013 and more recently in Westlake Village at 5776 Lindero Canyon Road (818.991.4999), the first in a series of "design your own" pizza places around town.

Pitfire Artisan Pizza is located in the Westlake Plaza at 966 S. Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village. www.pitfirepizza.com 805.409.4181

Pizza Hut is at 421 South Reino Road, Newbury Park (805.375.0174), 73 Rancho Road, Thousand Oaks (805.371.3700), 5146 Kanan Road, Agoura (818.991.7508), 252 Los Angeles Ave., #9, Moorpark (805.529.1199), and 2050D First Street, Simi Valley (805.522.8200). www.pizzahut.com

Pizza Man Dan's has seven locations in Ventura County, including Camarillo, Oxnard (2), Ventura (2), Port Hueneme and Moorpark. www.pizzamandans.com

Pizza Rev has locations in Camarillo (Camarillo Outlets) 805.482.0419 and at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, serving up "design your own" pizza. pizzarev.com

Pizzeria Bianco Rosso is located at 365 Arneill Road in Camarillo. www.pizzeriabiancorosso.com 805.389.4700

Pizzeria La Piccola is located at 2388 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks. www.pizzeria-lapiccola.com 805.497.3653

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Presto Pasta is at 1025 Broadbeck Road, Newbury Park (805.498.7737), 1701 Daily Drive, Camarillo (805.445.7737) and 5722 Telephone Road, Ventura (805.658.2898) www.prestopasta.com  The pasta is pretty darn good for a very reasonable price.  As far as the pizza, the kids ordered it here one time and it looked o.k.  They have pizza too.

Roma Deli is at 2247 Michael Drive, Newbury Park (805.499.2455) www.romaitaliandeli.com Roma is known mostly for its pasta and other Italian goodies for nearly 30 years but the pizza is definitely something to consider. As a matter of fact, today we tried the "Pizza Rustica" (olive oil, garlic, fresh tomato, greek olives, ricotta, feta cheese, mozzarella and ham) and it was excellentj.

Round Table Pizza locations include 2000 East Avenida de los Arboles, Suite B, Thousand Oaks (805.492.2403), 239 W. Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark (805.529.2207), 880 Arneill Road, Camarillo (805.484.8900), 1213 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard (805.382.1300) and 4255-8 East Main Street, Ventura (805.654.0777). www.roundtablepizza.com

Tonino's Place Pizzeria opened at 2805 Agoura Road, Westlake Village in July 2016. (805.370.3730) www.toninosplacepizzeria.com

Tony's New York Pizza is located at 3333-A Kimber Drive, Newbury Park (corner of Kimber and Wendy) 805.499.0365. Authentic, thin crust pizza. Quality is excellent and consistent.  Pizzas are nice and simple New York style that are not overloaded with too much sauce.

Toppers Pizza is at 1416 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805.495.4444) and 520 Arneill Road, Camarillo (805.385.4444)  Toppers in one of my personal favorites. topperspizzaplace.com

Urban Pizza is another "design your own" pizzeria with locations in Westlake Village (3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd) 805.418.9797 and Simi Valley (2916 Tapo Canyon Road) 805.387.0073. www.urbanpizza.com

Vittello's Trattoria at 3316 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks (805.496.3333) serves Italian food that includes pizza at both lunch and dinner.

Winners Pizza is located at 1805 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. www.winnerspizza.com 805.379.4212

California American Water Implements Stage 3 Drought Contingency Plans in Ventura County

On April 1st, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory 25% statewide water reduction from 2013 and prohibited water uses.  

But this 25% wasn't imposed across the board. The State Water Resources Control Board imposed cutbacks ranging from 4  to 36% from 2013 water use, applying higher guidelines to communities with higher consumption..

California American Water received a target reduction of 32% for its Ventura County customers, near the top of the state's guidelines. From June through August, a cumulative reduction of 27.2% was met, nearly 5% lower than the target. Cal Am customers in the Conejo Valley include most folks west of Moorpark Road.  Most other residents are served by the City of Thousand Oaks and California Water Service. 

As a result, Cal Am's Ventura County customers have been moved from Stage 2 to Stage 3 water-use restrictions. Effective immediately, water use by Cal Am customers in Ventura County is limited to one day a week - odd numbered addresses on Saturdays and even numbered addresses on Sundays  - no more than 15 minutes per station, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. Exemptions made for hand-watering, drip and microspray irrigation.

Additionally, a "drought surcharge" has been implemented. Customers who use more than 8,976 gallons of water per month will pay an extra 21 cents for every 100 gallons used.

These rules apply only to Cal Am customers. City of Thousand Oaks and Cal Water customer are not impacted at this point.

More information at www.californiaamwater.com/drought.

Ventura County District Cal Am customers are the only ones currently impacted by this change. Why? For starters, Cal Am's other customers did not receive the same level of Residential Gallons Per Capita Day (R-GPCD) reduction standard, ranging from 8% in San Diego County and Monterey to 28% in Los Angeles County.

More specifically, here is what the Water Board indicates was R-GPCD measured for the period Jul-Sep 2014 that was used to determine conservation standards in various local jurisdictions:

  • Cal-Am Water Ventura County District: 184.6 R-GPCD - 32% reduction
  • City of Thousand Oaks Water District: 163.7 R-GPCD - 28% reduction
  • California Water Service - Westlake: 336.7 R-GPCD - 36% reduction
  • City of Camarillo: 107.5 R-GPCD - 20% reduction
  • Golden State Water Co. Ojai: 261.5 R-GPCD - 36% reduction
  • Golden State Water Co. Simi Valley: 129.8 R-GPCD - 24% reduction
  • City of Oxnard: 66.6 R-GPCD - 12% reduction
  • City of Santa Paula: 160.2 R-GPCD - 28% reduction
  • Triunfo Sanitation District/Oak Park Water Service: 195.7 R-GPCD - 32% reduction
  • Ventura County Waterworks District 1: 175.3 R-GPCD - 32% reduction
  • Ventura County Waterworks District 8: 156.1 R-GPCD - 28% reduction
  • Las Virgenes Municipal Water District: 318.4 R-GPCD - 36% reduction

The California State Water Resources Control Board has an online Drinking Water Supply Service Area Lookup Tool to determine who the water provider is for specific location at www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/water_supplier.shtml.

Looking to report water waste? There's an easy to use online tool at savewater.ca.gov.

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber Announces Director of Government and Economic Affairs

Assembly Legislative Aide Adam Haverstock Joins The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce as Director of Government and Economic Affairs

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of Adam Haverstock, former aide to California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, as Director of Government and Economic Affairs.  Haverstock will oversee relations with local, state and federal government officials and assist in managing the Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District.

Adam Haverstock is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Tourism Management.  He graduated with Leadership Honors and served as Associated Students President, traveling to Sacramento many times to advocate for higher education policies on behalf of CSUN.

Haverstock worked on the campaign for State Senator Tony Strickland and served as Campaign Manager to for Assemblyman Jeff Gorell during both of his campaigns for State Assembly.  He served on Assemblyman Gorell’s staff as a Field Representative from 2010 to 2013.  A resident of Moorpark, he also serves as a Commissioner on the Moorpark Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state of California with approximately 1100 business members, serving the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills.  It is one of only five 5-Star Chambers in  California, as rated by the accreditation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, placing the Chamber in the top 1% of chambers of commerce nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.ConejoChamber.org or call 805-370-0035.

Mexican Cuisine in the Conejo Valley and Surrounding Areas

There is no shortage of local Mexican cuisine in the Conejo Valley and greater Ventura County. Here are a number of choices along with opinions/observations when available. This list includes everything from fast food take out to sit down with a margarita, and everything in between. Only requirement is that burritos are available! Have an addition to this list? Contact us!

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Adobe Cantina is at 29100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills (818.991.3474). CVG reader Stephanie says the Adobe is her favorite Mexican place in town and really loves the ribs and wonderful outdoor seating. www.adobe-cantina.com

Agave Maria's is located at 106 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai (805.646.6353). This restaurant was newly renovated and re-opened in 2010, having been a Mexican restaurant since the 1960s (I believe it used to be called Antonio's Mexican Cantina). Have heard nothing but good things but haven't been there yet myself. Visit www.agavemarias.com. Also in Camarillo at 710 Arneill Road.

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The Alamo Mexican Grill is at 2311 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park (805.498.3115).  Also at 5617 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills (818.889.5092). Good, traditional Mexican food. This is a comfortable, casual sit down restaurant. Reasonably priced. www.thealamobarandgrill.com

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Baja Fresh locations in the area include 595 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (near Janss Marketplace) (805.778.0877), 888 New Los Angeles Avenue, 1-A, Moorpark (805.523.2143), 1464 Madera Road, Simi Valley (805.520.7301), 2679 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley (805.581.6001), 5021 Verdugo Way #101, Camarillo (805.484.6731), 1855 Daily Drive, Camarillo (805.383.6884), 23697 Calabasas Parkway #100, Calabasas (818.591.2262), 4726-2 Telephone Road, Ventura (805.650.3535) and 2350 Vineyard Avenue #1, Oxnard (805.988.7878). 

Baja Fresh is the granddaddy of local Mexican take out. It originated in Newbury Park in 1990. Today there are 300 locations around the country. I’ve always loved this place and I feel that I am eating healthy when I’m there. The kids meals are great…quesadilla, rice, applesauce and a drink.  www.bajafresh.com

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Bobbi's Mexican Food is at 302 N. Lantana, Camarillo (805.484.0103).  I know people that swear by Bobbi's food and others that aren't as thrilled, but they have been around since 1974 so that must tell you something.  I have not tried the BBQ'd tri tip but it sure smells good! They have large portions here I've also discovered. bobbismexicanfood.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill make your own meal style Mexican food that is extraordinarily popular in my household has locations in Newbury Park at 935 Broadbeck Drive, Westlake Village at 5754 Lindero Canyon Road, the Simi Valley Town Center, Oxnard at 369 W. Esplanade Drive and Ventura at 1145 S. Victoria Avenue and 488 S. Mills Road. www.chipotle.com

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Chuy's Mesquite Broiler is at 590 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark (805.523.3184), 1397 E. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley (805.582.4897), and 5840 E. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley (805.520.7424). The décor is really funky and fun to look at. Food is not particularly memorable for me but this is a fun place to go.

Chipotle Grill is at 935 Broadbeck Dr., Newbury Park (805.499.3561), 1263 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley (805.584.0514), 1145 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura (805.650.6627), 488 S. Mills Road, Ventura (805.654.0143) and 5754 Lindero Canyon, Westlake Village (818.597.1603). I know some people that swear by Chipotle, including my wife and kids. For those not familiar, Chipotle gives you many choices for your burritos and other Mexican cuisine so that you can customize your own food...kind of like a Subway. High quality ingredients, tasty, HUGE burritos! My 16 year old loves the beef burrito and I enjoy the veggie burrito.

Cisco's Mexican Restaurant is at 1712 E Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (805.497.3959). Cisco’s serves reliable traditional style Mexican fare. It has been awhile since I’ve been there but as I recall the food is pretty good. Margaritas are good there too as I recall.

Del Taco is at 591 North Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park (805.499.4439), 848 Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark (805.552.0654), 1408 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley (805.527.1939), 2000 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard (805.988.7500) and 4393 E. Main Street, Ventura (805.642.2145). I personally don’t see much difference between Del Taco and Taco Bell but they both serve a need. Quick, cheap, fast food.

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El Pescador Restaurant is at 1305 W. Ventura Street in Fillmore (805.524.9999). My family has been here and it was very authentic and enjoyable. I loved the tortilla soup and a fish dish. My kids and wife all cleaned their plates. We also enjoyed some flan afterwards.www.elpescadorinfillmore.com

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El Pollo Loco locations in the area include 2750 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park (805.480.9050), 591 Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (near Janss Marketplace) (805.370.0330), 399 North Las Posas, Camarillo (805.482.4009), 5050 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills (818.706.0766), 1111 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley (805.522.6363), 2780-A, Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley (805.581.4884), 3155 Saviers Road, Oxnard (805.385.9800), 200 Vineyard Blvd., Oxnard (805.382.9975) and 1722 S. Victoria, Ventura (805.654.1723). Want really inexpensive, decent fast Mexican food? Can’t beat EPL’s $1 “Loco Value Menu.” The food is sometimes hit or miss but overall I can’t think of a better value for your dollar. But you can’t compare the food here to the “higher end” Mexican fast food chains. This is a top choice for VALUE. www.elpolloloco.com

El Sancho Loco Taqueria opened at 2272 Michael Drive in Newbury Park in Summer 2010. To quote my neighbor, "This place rocks! Homemade tortillas!" My family has enjoyed the food here several times, including tacos, tacos and more tacos...but also chilaquiles, chile rellenos and a burrito or two. All good! You'll get very authentic Mexican grub here!

El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is located at 2498 Erringer Road, Simi Valley (805.522.6882) and 1720 E. Ventura Blvd., Oxnard (805.485.4887). While I want to dislike this place because they are not as “authentic” as the Alamos and the Lupes' of the world, that doesn’t stop me from stopping by every so often and enjoying a large, varied menu and good, filling food. Can’t go wrong here, especially after a margarita or three. Thousand Oaks location closed on 1/24/12.

Chapala Mexican Restaurant (formerly Familia Diaz) at 245 S. 10th Street, Santa Paula (805.525.2813) has been around since 1936. Old style sit-down Mexican family restaurant that you just have to visit if you are stopping by Santa Paula. Decent food. www.chapalamexicanfood.com

Freebirds World Burrito has locations at 5752 Telephone Road in Ventura (805.477.0174), 29125 Canwood St, Agoura Hills (818.874.9171) and 2490 Sycamore Dr, Simi Valley (805.581.1689). They make your burritos to order and a lot of folks I know really like them. www.freebirds.com

La Paz at 4505 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas and serves Mexican food Yucatan style.  www.wix.com/lapazmexicanfood/1

The Latigo Kid relocated from Whizins Shopping Center to 5617 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills in March 2014.  Several CVG visitors have indicated they enjoy Latigo Kid's traditional Mexican food with large portions and mighty margaritas.

Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant is at The Promenade at Camarillo Premium Outlets, 630 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1217 (805.987.4000). It opened in December 2009. Family owned restaurant in business since 1999, with locations in Santa Barbara and Montecito. You order at the counter than eat at the indoor/outdoor tables or take out. This is NOT fast food Mexican...a step above. Pricier but if you like quality, it is worth it. I tried the special of the day, the chicken enchiladas in mole sauce, served with rice and beans. Delicious. My friend dines there once a week and loves the enchiladas and pretty much everything Los Arroyos serves...consistent quality. They serve beer and wine too.

Mariscos El Pulpo is at 3550 Saviers Road in Oxnard (805.247.9221). I've never been here but my friend and his Peruvian wife have, and often. They enjoy the food here so much that I've posted one of his photos of their food below.

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Money Pancho Mexican Restaurant is at 3661 Las Posas Road, Camarillo (805.484.0591). Located next door to the Camarillo Police Department. I have dined there and enjoyed my "old school" Tacos del Mar plate...2 delicious soft fish tacos, rice and beans preceded by old school chips, salsa and pickled cucumbers, carrots and such. I liked it all. 

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Olas Mex Grill at 1860 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo has consistently good traditional mexican food (burritos, enchiladas, tamales, etc.) served in large portions.  Bring cash as they charge a fee for using credit cards. Quite a popular little place. www.olasmexgrill.com

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Rubio’s is at 2121 N. Rose Avenue, Oxnard (805.485.8603), 2916-B Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley (805.522.1504), 1788 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura (805.642.2644), 3301 E. Main Street, Ventura (Pacific View Mall) (805.658.6712) and 2751 W. Hillcrest Drive, Newbury Park (805.948.6475). Rubio's is a decent choice for low budget, solid and consistent Mexican food. My kids always seem to like it here.

Sabor Cocina Mexicana opened at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks in August 2010. Delicious high-end Mexican a bit on the pricey side. The margarita was huge. The portions moderate at best.   www.saborcocinamexicana.com 805.497.2457

Sharky’s is located at 1930 Newbury Rd., Newbury Park (by Kohl's) (805.376.1404), 111 S. Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village (southwest corner of T.O. Blvd/Westlake Blvd intersection) (805.370.3701), 2410 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley (805.522.2270), 26527 Agoura Road, Calabasas (818.880.0885) and 4960 Telephone Road, Ventura (805.339.9600). Another healthy choice for Mexican take out. Sharky’s has been around since 1992 with its first store in Sherman Oaks. I put Sharky’s on a par with Baja Fresh. I definitely enjoy the food there though I do feel that something is given up in taste in order to stay organic and healthy. So at least one does not feel guilt when dining at Sharky’s! www.sharkys.com

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Snapper Jack's Taco Shack is at 4850 Verdugo Way, Ste A, Camarillo (805.384.0334) and 5100 Telegraph Road, Ventura (805.642.5111). We have been to the Camarillo location, where you walk up and order and grab a table.  They offer up beer and wine along with traditional, fresh Mexican fare.  Fun atmosphere. I was too busy running around after the kids to remember how the food tasted to be honest! But vaguely remember enjoying the fish tacos between gulps of beer! www.snapperjackstacoshack.com

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Taco Bell locations include 791 N. Wendy Drive, Newbury Park (805.499.1316), 1330 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks  (805.557.0248), 25 Rancho Road, Thousand Oaks (805.495.1709), 1928 E. Avenida de los Arboles (805.492.9572), 5589 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills (818.991.8268), 95 Daily Drive, Camarillo (805.389.3283), 1505 Flynn Road, Camarillo (805.383.3355).  I’ve never been a big fan. One positive is that they are open late in case you need a grease fix.

The Sea Casa is located at 1014 South Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village (805.374.1921). When I worked in Westlake Village this place was a staple for me at least one time a week. Very tasty food with a healthy bent. Excellent service. They kick butt at lunchtime. The guy who manages the place is really on it. Boy oh boy did I always enjoy the fajita burrito there. My mouth is watering. Solid value. Really small place inside but there are also tables outside.

Taqueria Tepatitlan Authentic Mexican Cafe is located at 362 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura (805.653.0508). I haven't been there but I hear they serve draft beer in ice cold schooners! 

3 Amigos Fresh Mexican Grill (www.3amigosonline.com) has 2 locations, 139 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park (805.499.7200) and 365 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (805.493.1033). Excellent fast food Mexican. A small place with good, quick service. Really nice people work there so I enjoy stopping by every so often. 10/22/08 UPDATE: Last night the kids and I went there and I ordered the Chicken Tortilla Soup. This soup was awesome! I think it was the best CT Soup I've ever had! Served hot, large portion, homemade with nice chicken, flavorful broth, some onions and tortillas! I ordered it as a side dish and instead it became my entire meal! I'm practically slobbering on the keyboard thinking about it. The kids loved the quesadilla, rice and beans and the portions were quite large. One thing I don't like there is the shredded chicken. 

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Yolanda's Mexican Cafe has 4 locations, including 86 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo (805.389.9922), 590 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley (805.306.9933), 1601 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard (805.985.1340) and 2753 E. Main Street, Ventura (805.643.2700).  Yolanda's serves traditional Mexican food in my favorite style...LARGE portions! One CVG reader states they enjoy the enchiladas and margaritas here. Another reader says "The food was superb and the service was great. I just loved my chicken enchilada! The place was clean and looked brand new."

Yolies Fresh Mexican Grill is located at 138 W. Main Street, Ventura (805.652.0338). They have a buffet lunch Mon-Fre, Sunday Champagne Brunch, heated outdoor patio, etc.

Closed:

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant was at 1710 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks Closed in August 2017.

Casa Escobar was located at 2809 Agoura Road, Westlake Village (805.777.7747). Closed in September 2016.

Chronic Tacos was located at 6593 Collins Drive, Suite D4 in Moorpark (across from Moorpark College) (805.529.4422).

Chuy’s: Agoura location is no mas...Ladyface Alehouse is now there. Thousand Oaks location on Moorpark Road closed sometime in 2011. Chuy’s Camarillo closed in 2017.

Conejo Valley Open Coffee Group for Local Startup Community Meets Weekly

The Conejo Valley Open Coffee Group is a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and supporters for the local Conejo Valley startup organization community.  The group began in early August 2013 and currently meets every Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm at BeanoVino (formerly Boney Mountain Coffee Co.) in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park at 360 Via Las Brisas at The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch. For more information about this group, visit www.cvopencoffee.com or follow its Twitter page at twitter.com/cvopencoffee.

Join the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program to Stay Active in the Local Community

Studies show that seniors who volunteer live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. The Conejo Senior Volunteer Program (CSVP) helps seniors stay active and involved. If you are 55 or over, you can join over 1,000 local men and women who serve as volunteers in our community.

CSVP volunteers do just about everything: They tutor students, plant gardens, serve as volunteer police and program computers. CSVP volunteers meet community needs and make a lasting difference. Your life experience is your best qualification! You’ll receive the support you need to put your know-how to work for others or learn new skills. You become part of a family of caring volunteers supporting our community.

And like most CSVP volunteers, you’ll find that by helping others you help yourself. Conejo Recreation and Park District sponsors the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program. We have been promoting volunteerism in the Conejo Valley since 1972. Call CSVP for a free brochure with exciting volunteer opportunities at (805) 381-2742, visit www.crpd.org/csvp or in person at the Goebel Adult Community Center.

CSVP is located in the Goebel Adult Community Center at 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

3rd Annual Conejo Valley Restaurant Week Planned for April 21-25, 2013

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week is back for a 3rd helping this year from April 21st to 25th! Participing restaurants in the Conejo Valley and adjacent cities will offer special prix fixe (that means "fixed price" to English as Only Language types like me), 2 course lunch (NEW this year) and/or 3-course dinner menus to hungry people like you and me!

Meals will be offered at a minimum of 30% off the regular menu price. Gotta love that!

Lunch: two for $10; $10 and $15 pricing. Dinner: two for $15; and $15, $25 and $35 (tax, beverages and gratuity are not included). Participating restaurants include fast-casual and fine dining establishments.

Visit a favorite restaurant, try a new one or dine out every night of the week with family and friends. Prices do not include beverages, tax and tip. Visit www.conejorestaurantweek.com for more details and links to restaurant websites. The list will grow as we get closer to the dates of the event.

Several new local restaurants are participating, including Paul Martin's, Cinepolis, Burgerwerkz, DISH and Mulberry Street Pizzeria.

Bon appetit! (That means...ENJOY YOUR MEAL!)

Restaurants interested in participating can contact Danielle Borja at the Chamber: 805.370.0035 or dborja@conejochamber.org.