Tasty tidbits in the Conejo Valley
At the top of the list, is the sad news that Garage Dogs has closed. Ranked as the best hot dog experience in the Los Angeles area, the place has closed up. I actually had a hankering for a root beer and a Chicago-style dog .I dropped by to eat and saw they had closed. The best root beer I ever had. It was specially brewed for Garage Dogs. Owner Ron is a very nice guy. I will miss the place.
There is a new dog in town. Opening just about the same time as the demise of Garage Dogs and a few blocks away, Dayne's Chicago Beef & Dawgs is pretty good. They actually serve my favorite dog, Vienna dogs from Chicago. There's a nice outside patio and there are seats inside as well. Have to go back and try the Chicago Beef some time soon. Next-door is Chocolatine for a sweet taste after your hot dog.
2951 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks 91362
Cafe 14 in Agoura Hills continues to have weekend and weekday specials. I love the wine policy here, with free corkage on Wednesdays and Sundays. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to go with dinner. Be sure to offer a taste to Chef Neil. Recent additions to the menu, a pre-fix dinner at less than $35 and Sunday brunch, make Cafe 14 an outstanding value. It's the finest dining spot offering contemporary fare in the area.
30315 Canwood St
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Pop-ups are springing up all around the country. These dining adventures featuring upcoming chefs are now happening in the Conejo. I talked with the chef putting this on and he's cooked in Chicago, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He's calling it 2 4 7 Elevated Gastronomy. His dates are October 4th & 5th November 8th & 9th. Reservations/Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chef Josh at (805) 391-0633. Seating is limited.
School was never like this. You can now learn about beer at Public School 805. This should be a straight “A” event. Public School is hosting a Tap Takeover featuring Stone Brewing Co. Stone beers will take over eight rotating taps including a $4 handle of Stone IPA. Guests can enjoy a number of Stone brews including a smoked ale. To further your education, representatives from Stone will be on hand to answer questions and teach guests about the nuances of each beer. It’s next Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4pm to close—
Public School 805 at The Promenade at Westlake in Westlake Village
120 N Promenade Way
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Hugo's from Hollywood and Sherman Oaks has opened in Agoura Hills. They also have a taco stand in Sherman Oaks, a place I used to get great burgers at when I was a kid. I still remember the aroma and taste. The local Hugo's serves a wide assortment of dishes from Kimchi rolls to tacos. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a full bar and specialty drinks.
5046 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills CA 91301
In Newbury Park another BBQ place has opened. Sossy’s BBQ Sandwiches boasts a menu of beef, chicken and pork sandwiches. Sliders, pulled pork and a hot dog are features on the menu. Pulled pork is one of my favorite things, especially from South Carolina.
2140 Newbury Road, Suite D
Newbury Park, CA 91320
A few blocks away, Exotic Flame keeps rocking. Friendly staff serves generous portions, affordable prices and very tasty food. While dishes are not unique, they are prepared very well by a talented cook. This feels like a family run operation. Small, takeout is available.
2205 Michael Drive
Newbury Park, CA 913320
Brat Brothers has also opened in the area. Serving a wide selection of brats and sausages, the menu has more to offer. Weiner Schnitzel with pork or veal, sauerkraut served warm and a number of spaetzle’s (German pasta) are featured. There is entertainment Wednesday through Sunday (German tunes of course).
2160 Newbury Road
Newbury Park, CA. 91320
Speaking of entertainment, Niroj Levant in Agoura Hills now has belly dancing several times a week. This is an oasis of Middle Eastern fare. The tabbouleh is outstanding. Great and friendly service, with everything made in house.
30313 Canwood St.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301