Montezuma - Oxnard
In years past, one of my favorite places to quench my chile relleno jones was Montezuma on Stroube St in El Rio (Oxnard), especially after the downfall of Celito Lindo. Since I was wrapping up a service call in the area at lunch time, I dropped in.
The absolutely splendid beefy sauce that once adorned the chiles rellenos was not in evidence.
The chile really was quite a bit too al dente, but it WAS a good chile.
The batter was of a decent thickness and consistency, but lacked character.
Approximately one third of the underside of the relleno was crisp, bordering on burned.
The taco was ground beef; IIRC, they once were shredded beef.
The coffee was good, and service at lunchtime was fairly prompt.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Sounds almost like Montezuma got some Revenge on you there. Thanks for taking one for the team!
I was bemoaning this situation to a friend in Oxnard (who literally dreamed of Celito Lindo's rellenos when he was working on Guam); he has good street cred.
He told me of Taqueria Tepatitlan at 362 N Ventura Ave in Vta. I've only been once, and the relleno was satisfying. Not Oxn, but -