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Tacos Arabes or Cemitas Poblanas in LA

kare_raisu Oct 4, 2006 02:55 AM

I am hoping that there is an authentic Pueblan restaurant somewhere out there in greater LA that may serve these dish.

Tacos arabes is basically Al Pastor but it is served in a 'mexicanized' thick flour pita with a yogurt sauce called 'joque' and honey and an herb infused olive oil.

I believe it was invented in Puebla by lebanese immigrants.

Here are some pics from a rest in chicago:
http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

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    Burger Boy Oct 4, 2006 03:02 AM

    There is a place 2 diirs from Dinah's Fried Chciken in Glendale (Los Feliz & San Fernando Rd.), can not remember name, put had a good Cemitas Poblana. They owners are from Puebla, it is a family affair, very nice and quaint. Ruby's, I think that is the name, it used to be that for 25 years and then new owners, I believe they kept the old name.

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      glutton Oct 4, 2006 03:59 AM

      I saw a taco truck on Whittier Blvd in East LA called Tacos Arabes. Sounds like what you're looking for. It was on Whittier, a few blocks west of Eastern Blvd.

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        mcsmcs Oct 4, 2006 05:51 AM

        I've heard rumors of a Cemitas truck in Echo Park but I don't know where it is... can anyone help?

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          modernist Oct 20, 2006 09:55 AM

          hello, the cemitas truck is on logan just south of sunset. its a night time truck. the cemitas are average to good of the four cemitas places i've tried, but it totally does the trick for the neighborhood. i went once after a show at the echo so that must mean it was open till around midnight or 1am.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          from an old post

        2. Das Ubergeek Oct 4, 2006 03:06 PM

          You can get quite good cemitas poblanas at Don Felix, on the southwest corner of Victory and Kester in Van Nuys.

          There was a sign on a restaurant in Mariachi Plaza advertising cemitas, but it was closed and we were going to La Serenata anyway, so I haven't managed to find it.

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            Norm Man Jan 25, 2010 11:20 AM

            Das Ubergeek, the cemitas place at Victory and Kester is Cemitas Don Adrian. Don Felix is located on Sawtelle and Washington Place.

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            Jwsel Oct 20, 2006 01:54 PM

            There is a decent cemitas truck that parks during the day outside the Smart & Final on Pico and Cotner. I'm not a big fan of cemitas (or sandwiches, generally), but the milanese was not bad. I believe there is another cemitas truck in the Pico/Overland area that parks in front of the Washingtom Mutual during the first half of the day and moves across the street to in front of the Pep Boys later in the day.

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              Eat_Nopal Oct 20, 2006 05:06 PM

              Don't know if there are multiple Cemitas trucks running around WLA... but there is a very good one that parks on Washington or Venice near the classic Cuban place.... around Noonish on Weekdays.

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                Norm Man Oct 20, 2006 08:24 PM

                The Cemitas Taco Truck on Venice Blvd is called Angelica and is located in front of the Smart & Final on Venice Blvd and Clarrington (East of Motor) -- available Monday-Saturday from around 11:00AM - 4:00PM .

                Check out Dommy's review of Angelica in this thread:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/305646

                And check out this review:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                  banjoboy Oct 21, 2006 12:18 AM

                  I have had the cemitas from Angelica dozens of times, and they never disappoint. Milanesa meat is their default setting there (pounded, breaded, and fried beef) but you can order it with any of the other meats they have, including very good cabeza.

            2. Dommy Oct 21, 2006 12:19 AM

              Yeah, by it's nature Milanesa with beef can be rather tough. I much perfer Milandesa de pollo (Which can run dry) or their Carnitas which has a crisp edge to it...

              --Dommy!

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                Tank55 Jan 3, 2010 11:09 AM

                you should try the tacos arabes at don adrian in the corner of kester and victoy they're very good

                1. Hypnotic23 Jan 3, 2010 11:37 AM

                  Last week I tried Tacos Ararbes at Cemitas Poblanas in Van Nuys.

                  I enjoyed this dish but what was given to me was a rolled up taco, almost a thin burrito tortilla with the meat inside with a very very very hot sauce which I enjoyed.

                  Stuart

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                    jasonsha Jan 3, 2010 12:16 PM

                    Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita in East LA has what you are looking for.

                    Here is the address:
                    3010 E 1st Street
                    Los Angeles, CA 90063
                    (323) 881-0428

                    And a review by Jonathon Gold in the LA Weekly

                    http://www.laweekly.com/2007-09-06/ea...

                    1. SecretAsianMan Jan 23, 2010 11:35 PM

                      You can get both Tacos Arabes and Cemitas Poblanas at the shop called (surprisingly enough) Cemitas Poblanas on Victory in Van Nuys. Both the Taco Arabes and the Cemitas are out of this world.

                      I've been to the Chicago place (which was excellent) and CP compares quite favorably.

                      A poster mentions it below and I think you will like it. Also, the service is sweet.

                      Here are the details:

                      Cemitas Poblanas
                      14902 Victory Blvd
                      Van Nuys, CA 91411
                      (818) 786-0328

                      SAM

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                        Norm Man Jan 25, 2010 11:22 AM

                        SecretAsianMan, the cemitas restaurant at Victory and Kester is called Cemitas Don Adrian. And you are right that the Cemitas at Don Adrian are excellent.

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