Recipe for accomplishment: superior food items, company, prices

AMERICAN DREAM—Above, El Tecolote owner, Benjamin “Ben” Guardado. Below, a generous portion of Monterey chicken enchiladas: grilled chicken with tomatillo sauce, garnished with guacamole and sour cream and sides of rice and refried beans.

AMERICAN DREAM—Above, El Tecolote proprietor, Benjamin “Ben” Guardado. Down below, a generous portion of Monterey chicken enchiladas: grilled rooster with tomatillo sauce, garnished with guacamole and sour cream and sides of rice and refried beans.

The loved ones-owned-and-operated El Tecolote cafe in Camarillo usually takes its title from a Spanish phrase for owl, and it is a incredibly sensible institution indeed. For more than 70 a long time it has thrived in the region, supported by multi-generational households who even aided it endure the pandemic.

Though the establishment has modified palms numerous times since its first proprietor, Mike Loza, first dreamed of opening an authentic Mexican cafe in Ventura County, it is been owned by Ben Guardado and his daughter, supervisor Cindy Guardado, since 2007.

When father and daughter took above El Tecolote, they resolved to adhere with Loza’s attempted-and-genuine recipe for success: a “generous encouraging of fantastic foodstuff, excellent company and very good costs.”

Ben Guardado claimed it was not simple to get through the pandemic, but even with the restaurant staying closed for 2½ months, area households assisted continue to keep El Tecolote’s doorways open the rest of the time.

“We even bought people today from all about coming—from Simi Valley, Oxnard and Ventura, in particular on weekends,” he stated.

Photos by ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers

Pics by ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers

The restaurant also received monetary aid from the state, county and town, furthermore Guardado place up a very little fence outdoor, building a patio place entire with plants and umbrellas, enabling diners to consume exterior in the course of the pandemic.

“We’re continue to in this article,” he claimed. “And glad to getting back pretty very well to typical yet again.”

The landmark restaurant can be seen on Lewis Road with its signature owl indicator pointing to the making. It appears very inviting from the exterior, and the massive inside beckons households to fill its lots of booths and tables.

It is undoubtedly the food that keeps bringing clients back again. With the exception of some tweaks and additions, not significantly has changed from the authentic owner’s menu, Guardado explained.

There’s no place in messing with one thing very good, like the delicious, thick and crunchy tortilla chips that are brought to each and every table with a facet of salsa. I have been to quite a few Mexican places to eat and these had been some of the most effective chips I have at any time experienced. I could not stop taking in them, and a facet of creamy but chunky guacamole retained me total and glad.

As it is my job to style, that’s just what I did when Guardado introduced a lineup of tasty dishes for me to sample.

Each and every one of them was delectable: the carne asada plate, packed significant with refried beans, rice and slim pieces of delightful grilled beef with a mound of fried onions a crown-dimension tostada salad with oodles of rooster and, one of my favorites, Monterey rooster enchiladas—lightly grilled, tender rooster created with tomatillo sauce, garnished with guacamole and bitter cream, and served with rice, beans and a corn or flour tortilla.

Whatsoever Mexican dish you crave, you’re positive to find it at El Tecolote. It’s the excellent position to convey the household and to have any accumulating simply because there is anything on the menu for everyone, even the vegetarians in the group. The parts are very generous, so be ready to choose property a doggie bag.

Guardado is the greatest host due to the fact he knows what it indicates to operate tricky to achieve his desires. He arrived in the U.S. when he was 17. His very first career was as a dishwasher. From there he labored his way up, instruction in all elements of the restaurant organization until finally proudly owning one particular of his own.

El Tecolote’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 333 N. Lewis Street, Camarillo. For much more information and facts, call (805) 482-4318.