Run by two sisters, Rory’s Place opened up in February 2022, bringing an exciting new option to the edge of the town’s main strip. There are crudos, gem salads, and wood-fired vegetables, but many of the familiar dishes get new, successful, and fun twists here—the roast chicken is topped with blackberries and the broiled oysters come with fermented chili butter, for example. There’s also a happening back patio, a solid natural wine list, and a shoppable pantry with fancy staples up front. If you’re looking for a lively, new-feeling Ojai dinner spot with very good food, Rory’s is definitely where you want to be.
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