Establishment neighborhood
Knead Baking Company (Closed)
469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai
While Knead Baking Company is excellent for lunch and afternoon coffee-and-pastry breaks, breakfast is arguably the best time to visit: The tartines, quiches (the selection changes daily), scones, and breads are all baked in-house by the same mother-and-daughters team who launched the business back in 2009. Ingredient-wise, the sourcing is done almost exclusively from local farms. For celebrations, this is the place to go for made-to-order fancy cakes.
The Farmer and the Cook
339 W. El Roblar Dr., Ojai
Under the watchful eye of Steve Sprinkel and Olivia Chase (the farmer and the cook, respectively), this Mexican restaurant/health-food hybrid has been in the business of all-organic, farm-to-table tacos, salads, and burritos since before it was cool. You can go the pre-made sandwich route for picnics and on-the-go lunches or have a proper sit-down meal of veggie tacos, salads, enchiladas, and more in the café (choose between indoor and outdoor seating).
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