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Cemitas in Boston?

yumyum Jan 4, 2009 09:56 AM

Guilty pleasure = watching Guy Fieri's Diners Drive-ins and Dives. In the sandwich episode, he showed off a Mexican place in Chicago that featured cemitas from Pueblo.

Cemitas are a cousin of the Torta, with chipotle smeared over avocado and a fresh Mexican cheese on top of fillings. Most popular is the milanesa (fried pork cutlet), which I've enjoyed in a torta but never seen as a cemita in our area. Has anyone seen these sandwiches around here? Eastie?

The restaurant also featured tacos arabes, which are available at Angela's and are one of the best things on the menu.

  1. itaunas Apr 24, 2009 09:17 AM

    FYI notice that this article mentions pork loin milanesa for one cemita filling (and I think YumYum was one of the first to mention Cafe D' s fish tacos around here). Hey maybe if they see this thread, one of the options could be the tacos arabes

    http://bostonherald.com/business/gene...

    (Even if you don't want Cemitas its worth reading the article to the bottom... patio at Sensing, possible 4am license for Hen House, etc)

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    1. re: itaunas
      digga Apr 24, 2009 09:51 PM

      FYI - http://www.doradotacos.com/

      1. re: digga
        yumyum Apr 30, 2009 09:34 AM

        The menu looks great -- various kinds of fish tacos, cemitas, salads and grilled chickens -- oh and that grilled corn with cotija cheese! I am looking forward to checking it in June.

        1. re: yumyum
          Nab Apr 30, 2009 10:13 AM

          What, no papalo ?! Pffft, posers. ;)

          Looking forward to June, too !

          1. re: Nab
            yumyum Apr 30, 2009 10:18 AM

            Oh snap! This guy knows his cemitas!

            1. re: yumyum
              Nab Apr 30, 2009 10:26 AM

              Ha ! I wish I did yumyum, but I've never even been to Puebla ! I've only sampled the cemita a handful of times at Taqueria Puebla in Chicago several years back.

              Papalo or not, I'll be all over these ones in June.

              1. re: Nab
                yumyum Apr 30, 2009 11:17 AM

                Then you have had it. They use the herb at the TP in Chicago -- that's where Guy Fieri started my whole obsession.

                1. re: yumyum
                  Nab Apr 30, 2009 11:35 AM

                  They sure do use papalo. While I will be happy to try these ones here in town, I do think papalo really sets the sandwich apart. Being a fan of the bitter & astringent spectrum of flavors, I really find the cemita with papalo to be well-suited to my tastes. Some folks find the lingering, anise-y flavor off-putting though.

                  I think there are two other key variables in the equation - the chiles and the cheese. I can't recall what is de rigeur in Puebla, but IIRC, TP in Chicago also uses chipotle en adobo and a 'flower' of shredded Oaxacan cheese draped over the whole mess. Looks like Dorado is on-board with that as well.

                  Alright, stop talking about it YY, June is a long ways away !!

                  1. re: yumyum
                    leek May 20, 2009 10:21 AM

                    They use it seasonally. When they can get it, they put it on. In the winter, it's not there.

        2. re: itaunas
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          avial Apr 25, 2009 07:35 AM

          Having just come back from Puebla, I had an awesome milanesa cemita at one of the smaller mercados in the city, pictures below.

          As for Doug Organ's comments in the BH article, what I loathe is that the anti-'vat' attitude: “It’s a chef-driven concept, rather than just a bunch of guys making giant vats of food and putting it inside a tortilla,” he said.

          Some of the best Mexican food, and food in general is made in huge vats, granted his comment was to position his business as something that's a cut above the 'typical' burrito joint. I actually would want more Boston restaurants to offer stewed offerings.

           
           
           
           
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            hckybg Apr 25, 2009 10:47 AM

            Did you go to Mercado del Carmen?? I recognize the size of that sandwich and I think the tables too. Two of us shared one sandwich....all the locals ate their own. Awesome, and so good.

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              avial Apr 25, 2009 11:45 AM

              I think it was the Mercade del Carmen, the cemitas place (Cemitas de Alex? I think it was called), had a very long counter/construction line set up and there was a jugo counter right next to it.

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                hckybg Apr 25, 2009 11:53 AM

                Yes and overflowing bins of cheese and a butcher across the aisle with a big plate of cow tongues eyeing the cemitas.

                EDIT: I just found it--the place I went was Cemitas las Poblanitas

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                  avial Apr 25, 2009 02:17 PM

                  Sure, sounds about right, the best were the pickled veggies - cauliflower and pepper rings.

        3. Rubee Jan 4, 2009 11:52 AM

          This was back in 2007, but La Verdad served cemitas. At the time, Ken told us that he had the cemita rolls specially made by Iggy's for La Verdad.

          I cut and pasted part of my original post:

          "E was a bit disappointed that it wasn't the classic bolillo roll he grew up with, but closer to a cemita, the authentic and traditional variation of the torta of Puebla. Slightly chewy and covered with sesame seeds (specially made by Iggy's), it was delicious. Each torta consists of layers of refried black beans, Oaxacan string cheese, molasses-glazed chipotles, avocado, mayo, and cilantro with either chicken milanesa, carne asada, carnitas, chile relleno, or hamburgesa (7.95)".

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          1. re: Rubee
            yumyum Jan 4, 2009 11:55 AM

            See why I miss you so much?

          2. leek Jan 4, 2009 10:14 AM

            Hi - just poking in, but you should come visit us in Chicago and go to Cemitas Puebla in person :) The Cemitas as are just as good as the DDD program shows, though my coat does still smell like a grill a week later. At least 2/3 of the appeal is the bread and the chipotle sauce they make in house. I think it may be my favorite sandwich I've tried so far in Chicago, and we have some really good sandwiches here.

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            1. re: leek
              yumyum Jan 4, 2009 10:19 AM

              I'm seriously considering a trip to Chicago soon ... and Cemitas Puebla will be my first stop. Then I'll need an Italian beef. I'll post on the board before I come!

              I travel for food.

              1. re: yumyum
                StriperGuy Jan 4, 2009 11:43 AM

                Don't stop at Italian Beef, get Italian Sausage, Beef, Onions and mushrooms and have them soak the whole thing in gravy mmmmmm. Can't remember where the heck I had that, but it was over the top.

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