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Dec 18, 2002 04:02 PM

Chile Rellenos in Austin

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I'm looking for a chile relleno made like they do in El Paso (I'm a bit homesick for the food).

What I want is a cheese-stuffed chile that has an egg batter and is then deep fried and has a red (or green) sauce over it and then baked with more cheese on top.

No Chuy's cracker-crumb crust, no raisins or nuts, no cream sauce.

I saw that Curra's has a chile relleno ($9!) but when I'm there, it's becuase I'm craving fajitas, which theirs are the best.

Anyone know what I'm talking about and can suggest?

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  1. Yes! I know what you mean. I grew up in So. California and have been craving the rellenos of my childhood: egg battered and nestled in a perfect red sauce. Traveling through santa Barbara last month I consumed a perfect one, thanks to a westcoast chowhound post.

    You can't find them here.

    The closest I have found is at West Lynn (!) Cafe. The batter and sauce are excellant. You get nuts and raisins, but at least no cream sauce. Still, in all, it is a vey tasty dish.

    Don't you just hate it when they serve you strips of green chile in queso sauce. When you travel into Mexico, chile rellenos become chile rellenos again. They just didn't quite make it to Austin.

    Let me know what you think of West Lynn's.

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    1. re: Travis L

      Had them and yes, they're quite good...just not what I'm craving.

      Actually, for great "non-El Paso" rellenos, I really enjoy Serranos Symphony Square (all the other locations stink). They're batter dipped but stuffed with things like shrimp. Quite good, but again....

      1. re: Travis L

        Travis -

        I don't know how long you've been here, but unless you've tried every single Mex rest in Austin (which you obviously haven't), I think your statements "You can't find them here" and "They just didn't quite make it to Austin" are a little over-reaching.

        Not to mention, just plain wrong.

        Of course you can "find them here."

        I've had them at several Austin places (as well as all over California, Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, etc.)

        I like the ones at Rosie's Tamale House (out by the lake).

        Have you looked for "them here" there?

        1. re: Chrissie H

          My, aren't we rude...

          1. re: amysuehere

            You don't think saying that "you can't get that in Austin" IS a "bit over-reaching"? Unless in fact, you HAD tried every single Mex rest in town and knew that to be a fact?

            Not only can you get those kinds of chiles rellenos at Rosie's, there are at least ten other local restaurants where they are available.

            I'd think saying, "I have not yet been able to find them either" might have been a better statement. I found his sweeping, negative generalization and total putdown of Austin to be "rude."

            As well as infactual.

            1. re: ChrissieH

              my apologies. So Rosie's makes that type of chile relleno? I think the reason "none here" came up is because fining that specific style is, as far as I have tried in Austin, non-existant. If Rosie's makes that type, I'm anxious to try them.

              1. re: amysuehere

                Actually, Amy, as I said, I believe there are quite a few restaurants here that do. And I was going to list them, but before I made those declarations, wanted to double-check to be sure. So, that means I've got to trot around town doing a little investigating before I post. Which I haven't had time to do, yet.

                So, I probably should hedge my bet here by saying that I THINK La Michoacana in Cedar Park does as well, and I also THINK La Palapa does, too. But, I really hate to make posts where I say things unless I know what I'm talking about. So - take those last two with a grain of sal.

                It does just so happen that that type of chile relleno is my very favorite dish to order at Mexican restaurants, and I get them all the time. It seems we are kindred spirits.

                Rosie's has two locations. It is my opinion that the one on Hwy71 out by the lake is better than the one on North 183, although it's pretty good, too, and the recipes are supposed to be the same (it's run by Rosie's son, I believe), so who knows.

                As for the other two places, I'm pretty sure about them, but you might want to call first before you get your taste buds all ready.

                At any rate, both La Michocana and La Palapa have excellent Mexican food, and I don't think you'd be disappointed in either place. (Although they perhaps might not have the kind of "California Mex" you could be used to.)

                I've lived in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and now here in Texas; and fortunately, I'm really pretty easy to please, so I like it all!

                Good luck.

                1. re: ChrissieH

                  Also - Amy - Amaya's Taco Village in Capital Plaza has Chiles Rellenos on Thursdays. It's a small place and sometimes (especially lunch on Thursdays) the line can be out the door, so get there early. They stuff them with beef, and you can either get a queso sauce, or the red "Ranchero" sauce that I believe you are describing.

                  At Rosie's, you have a choice of fillings: cheese, beef or chicken, with the Ranchero Sauce. (Or did I say that already somewhere??)

                  1. re: ChrissieH

                    I appreciate your effort, but, if you look at my original post, that kind of chile relleno is exactly the kind I'm avoiding.

                    I've never lived in California, so I can't say I like that type or not. But if Amayala's is any indication of what you're thinking about, you're way off track from what Travis and I were talking about. So, back to our original feeling that there really isn't a place in Austin that does it the way we're talking about.

                    I will, however, not give up, and try the other two places you suggested, with a grain of salt.

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      Oh. Well.

                      You can't get that here.

                      No, seriously, I thought you meant you were avoiding the ones with nuts and raisins and cream sauce and the rest of the "cocina" thrown in. And I read that someone posting here was from California, so I got that mixed up.

                      I'd still suggest you try Rosie's out on the lake. Say you want them stuffed with cheese.

                      And, again, good luck. Although El Paso certainly has more of a "New Mexican" influence than central Texas, as you are surely discovering, this is a pretty varied place, and with persistance, you can find almost everything if you're willing to look hard.

                      1. re: ChrissieH

                        quite true. Thank you. I will try Rosie's next time I'm out by the lake.

        2. my girlfriend loves chile rellenos, always looking for the perfect one. any recs in dallas? we've only had them at cafe navarro, don't remember them to be, well memorable. but the queso flameado kicked.

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          1. re: alithang

            Someone before suggested El Fenix on Lemmon.

            That was my old haunt for Wednesday enchiladas.

          2. Amy, I know exactly what you're talking about and I've had one in the last year, but I can't remember where! Until I can remember, would you like the recipe? They're really easy to do at home.

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            1. re: Greg Spence

              I do make them at home (quite yummy, if I do say so myself - got the recipe from Lucy's on Mesa!), but sometimes you just want someone else to do the cooking. You know what I mean? Thanks for the offer, though. Keep thinking about who it is.

            2. I have been wracking my feeble brain for another relleno I liked in Austin, and finally remembered this: Whole Foods downtown has a hot bar across from its salad bar that on some days serves mexican food. On those days they sell a chile relleno, $5.99/pound, that is hot and ready to eat there (they have tables) or to take home. It is very, very good. It is not the relleno of my childhood in SoCal, and it does have pecans and even maybe currants. But very worth trying. I get one every time I see them available.

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              1. re: Travis Lo

                Whole foods does Mexican on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Central Location (6th Street & Lamar).

              2. In Houston you can get an excellent Chille Relleno at Otilla's on Longpoint. It is just how you describe and is served with an addicting red sauce.