Ventura Dining: Busy Bee Cafe 60s Diner

Photos by: Debbie Stock

When you want a great meal, head for Busy Bee Cafe just a few blocks off the 101 Freeway in Ventura. Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Busy Bee Cafe
478 E. Main St.,
Ventura, CA
(805) 643-4864

Park yourself down and  slide right into  a red vinyl booth. The kitchen's in view, where you can hear the sizzling sounds as well as  smell the burgers cooking on the grill. Yum! Want an old-fashioned beverage? There's so many to choose with favorites such as lime phosphates, flavored Cokes (chocolate, cherry or vanilla,) Black Cow (rootbeer & ice cream float,) Egg Cream (Chocolale syrup, milk and soda water,) malts & shakes,  and that's just for starters! As you begin sipping your drink you gotta' take a spin on your personal Seeburg 100 Wall-o-matic jukebox mounted next to your table-- two songs for a quarter. Among the options:

  • Do You Wanna Dance - Beach Boys
  • At the Hop, Rock & Roll is Here to Stay - Danny and the Juniors
  • Whole Lotta Shakin, Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
  • Only You - The Platters
  • Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton
  • Only the Lonely Roy Orbison
I always get a Reuben Sandwich if they have one and this juke joint has one of THE BEST! It's famous, according to the menu, and so juicy it drips.
  • BREAKFAST:  Tradition! Eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes, and huge omelets.
  • LUNCH: Cold or hot sandwiches, burgers on the grill, salads and soups.  Try the Chili Burger, with Chili, double thick cheddar cheese and chopped onions. There are approx. 15 burger options, including vegetarian.
  • DINNER: Blue Plate Specials are hearty with Chicken & Dumplings, Chicken Pot Pie, Pot Roast, Grilled Baby Beef Liver, Fried Chicken, Steaks, Meatloaf, all the best American foods are on the menu.
If you love 50s' style diners check out Watson's Soda Fountain in Orange, Oceanside's 101 Cafe, and  Oceano's Rock & Roll Diner in a train car!

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