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Apr 30, 2008 09:57 AM

Cemita Poblanas nearest to South Bay?

After cemita poblanas were mentioned in the LA Times last week and now the NY Times today, I really want to try them. I've read the thread about the trucks up north by Pico, Fairfax, Venice, the Smart and Final etc., but that's a little too far for me to drive today. Anyone have any recs (truck or storefront both) for the South Bay area?

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    Birrieria y Taqueria Manolos
    831 W. Gardena Blvd.
    Gardena, CA 90247
    (310) 327-0173

    3 Replies
      1. re: Joe Blowe

        Stopped by here today after I saw the Cemitas picture on their sign outside.

        The cemitas are 4.99, they are not bad. They have the bitter herb, avocado, and chipotle. The bun was slightly charred and slightly smashed as well. The taste was pretty good, it really got better as I got more into the center of the sandwich (these always do though). I didn't ask if they sell the buns to go, but I'll check next time.

        It's a strange place, they ran out of water and horchata and they checked to see if they were out of cemitas. It was weird because my group was the only group in there. The hostess didn't speak a word of english (not a prob for me, just letting you know) but the cook did.

        He was nice and seemed proud of his creations, he came out to check on everything and asked us where we are from and gave us business cards. Plenty of free parking on the street.

        I'd stop here for lunch, then go get my deli meats from Giuliano's down the street.

        1. re: Joe Blowe

          Finally had a chance to stop by this PM. Exact same experience as BobMack.
          My chowdar was running superbly - purely by instinct I ordered the cemita milanesa with salsa chipotle and it was heavenly! It did come with quesillo, avocado and white onion, not sure about the 'bitter herb'. Due to the thinner roll, the filling to bread ratio was much higher (better) than most tortas around here but still was not a big sloppy mess.
          I quizzed the chef about where he got his rolls - he couldn't remember the name of the bakery somewhere on Firestone Blvd in Bell Gardens/South Gate :-(.

          BTW last time I was at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood I noticed two stalls serving cemitas - didn't have one since I wasn't hungry. Time for another visit...

          Any other South Bay cemita sightings - please post!

          Birrieria y Taqueria Manolos
          831 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247