Farmer and the Cook
339 W El Roblar, 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).
928 E Ojai Ave., Ojai
This local standby is one of those vegan spots that you don’t have to be vegan to appreciate. The massive menu of healthful bowls, wraps, vegetarian iterations of classic salads, smoothies (the date shake is a good place to start), and rotating daily specials is written out on a chalkboard wall and can be taken on the road or enjoyed on the pretty outdoor patio.
Knead Baking Company
469 E Ojai Ave., Ojai
While Knead Baking Co. 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.
Ojai Tortilla House
104 N Signal St., Ojai
While the oversized burritos (the veggie version is bomb) are the claim to fame at this teeny central-Ojai stand, the tacos, nachos, and quesadillas (we’ve heard good things about the bacon-wrapped hot dogs, too) are also well worth the time you’ll spend standing in line. Note: they’ve been known to run out of ingredients on busy days so come early.
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