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Tia Julia Mexican Antojitos truck Roosevelt/91st


Restaurants & Bars Outer Boroughs Mexican

Tia Julia Mexican Antojitos truck Roosevelt/91st

E Eto | | Sep 29, 2008 10:56 AM

Tia Julia has been my recent go-to place for tortas and cemitas. I was clued in to Tia Julia when I passed by and noticed all the clamor with a line of people ordering tortas milanesas (made with fried cutlets of beef or chicken). And then I noticed others ordering quesadillas and tlacoyos, something I don't see very often on a Mexican menu in NYC.
The crowd:
The menu:
Specials menu:

Despite the small crowd of people, the folks at Tia Julia worked with surprising efficiency, especially with their milanesas, serving up tortas and cemitas with freshly fried cutlets. This looks like their best seller, and they have it down to a system. I've only had the cemitas there so far, attracted by the mound of cheese they plop on the sandwich. They also go so far as to put papalo leaves (a Mexican herb that looks like watercress, but tastes more like culantro) in the cemita when you tell them to put in everything ("con todo"). Otherwise, I've seen a container of self-serve papalo on the counter along with the salsas and jalepeños. Speaking of condiments, the pickled jalepeños they serve look to be homemade.
Ceminta milanesa de res:

The other featured items are the quesadillas and tlacoyos, judging by what I've seen ordered, with tacos playing a smaller but supporting role. The quesadillas are more substantial than the ones I've had at other stands (including the quesadilla stand around the 80s), made with the expected hand-pressed masa tortilla. The tlacoyos are stuffed turnovers made with masa dough, served with a dousing with sauce. The carnitas taco I had from them was also way above average. I'll likely work my way through more of the menu, but thus far after a few visits, I haven't had a clunker and don't really expect there to be one. I'm especially intrigued by the daily specials, and the cemita de pata.

Tia Julia
Roosevelt/91st/Benham St
looks like they're closed on Thursdays

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