I want to start off by saying I REALLY want this place to improve to the type of place that it's setting and history dictate, and written from the selfish viewpoint of a long-time Ojai citizen chronically bemoaning our lack of dining choices.
My Fiance and I tried this place about 9 months or so ago when new ownership took over with a lot of hoopla about focus on the food and revitalization. We both had burgers as they were claiming this was their "sweet spot" and their particular take on a Caesar Salad. the salad dressing was watery and pretty nondescript bordering on tasteless, and the burgers, ordered medium rare, were as over done as hockey pucks. the service, while friendly, was slow and edging towards inattentive. So, last night I decided to give it a try again with my 16 year old with hopes that the previous experience was just a "bad night" for them. Sadly, it apparently wasn't...The Caesar was virtually the same, an utter rip-off for a small costing $9 that doesn't taste good enough for my Caesar loving teenager to want to finish it! He gave a good report on his Watkins burger, but the fries are huge chunks of potato with really no flavor. My patty melt, ordered medium, was once again done "well", and sadly the best thing about my meal were the onion rings (hard to screw those up) and the draft Firestone DBA. what's so sad is that this place is SO COOL, but I have to say that I will only drop by their for the occasional drink and listening to music, NOT THE FOOD!