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Aug 23, 2007 04:03 PM

Good Chile relleno in Ventura County?

I've been on the hunt for a great chile relleno in the Ventura County areas ( Westlake Vlg, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, etc) Most chile rellenos I come across aren't stuffed with the right cheese or are a little bland. I also like a fluffy coating of egg batter. It's so sad when there is little to no batter on my relleno. A mild sauce with peppers and onions to coat makes me happy. Anyone?

I've tried:
Don Cucos (Simi and Moorpark): three out of five stars.
Corrales (Ventura): three out of five stars. Not fluffy enough
Vallarta Market (Oxnard): two stars. soggy, cold/hard cheese inside. boo.
Cisco's (Thousand Oaks): three and a half. almost too eggy and not flavorful enough.
El Torito (Several locations): Bleech. two measly stars. it's a little sweet, why?
Acapulco (n/a - refuse to go after 1998)

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  1. Have you tried Lupe's on T.O. Blvd.? I seem to remember really liking theirs, but I have sentimental attachments to Lupe's, so everything there tastes good to me.

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    1. re: B Minus

      I haven't been there in years. I forgot about that place. Yes, maybe I will check it out. Any other recommendations?

    2. > it's a little sweet, why?

      Don't ask questions you don't want to know the answer to. ;-)

      It's hard to find chile relleno batter that isn't leaden or soggy or otherwise maladjusted. In any case, a stout Anaheim, Poblano, or Pasilla chile doesn't need the protection of an egg jacket.

      If you ever get out of Ventura County, try the plain-roasted chiles en nogadas style at Babita (when available around Christmas) or, especially, at La Casita Mexicana. Both are stuffed with meat, not cheese, and covered with a creamy walnut sauce plus pomegranate seeds (dried cranberries at La Casita when pomegranate is out of season). Excellent addition to your body parts.

      1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      La Casita Mexicana
      4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

      1. Los Agaves on TO Blvd, perhaps? I think it's a great hidden gem. In the shopping center across from the Changs/Jumper/CPK monstrosity.