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Cemitas Poblanos!

Mike Z | Jul 16, 2005 06:15 PM

I just consumed a cemita milaneza, a taco de pollo, and a portion of a cemita milaneza de pollo. This was my first experience with cemitas, despite my younger brother's love of the ones he gets in Chicago. With nothing to compare, I hereby declare them delicious.

I got them at a truck with "Cemitas Poblano" painted on the side, on Venice Blvd, between Culver and Overland on the north side of the street. I have seen the truck there before, but I did not ask what their usual hours are. I am pretty sure I have only seen it out on the weekends. The truck is apparently owned by "Angelic" whose business address looked to be in East LA.

The chicken cutlet was not terribly flat and was more recently fried, but the other one (I believe it was a pork cutlet and not beef, as I have seen other cemitas milaneza described) was flatter and just as delicious. I ordered both sandwhiches "with everything." There was copious avocado and cheese along with a spicy smoked pepper that gave the whole thing hints of BBQ. Raw onions and some salsa completed the filling. The roll itself was nicely toasted, a little crumbly yet quite chewy, and the occasional sesame seed offered some crunch. I did not note the presence of papalo.

The taco de pollo was ordered before I realized there was a milanesa de pollo for my girlfriend to eat. It was very good. Extremely tender and flavorful stewed chicken with cooked and fresh onions, cilantro, and salsa, on two corn tortillas. By the time I got home, the tortillas had started to get quite tender, to the point that it was almost tamale-ish on the wetter end.

They also had Mexican sodas, including imported Coke and Pepsi, some bottled horchata, various bagged snacks, and some rice pudding I almost got, but it looked so oddly prepackaged, I decided it wasn't worth it.

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