Cemitas Poblanas @ Don Adrian in Van Nuys
Nice review in the LA Times by Linda Burum (go Linda!!) on Don Adrian and their cemitas poblanas. Jerome and a few other posters have mentioned Don Adrian in passing, but this review really got my juices flowing. Now I have to get out here some Saturday and give it the old "taste test" for sure.
Taqueria Don Adrian
14902 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411
I went back today and had the Lomo La Popular or breaded pork loin sandwich. It was two very thin slices of breaded pork loin plus avocado, fresco cheese (string cheese is an additional $1.10), onion, "herb to your liking" (?), and a choice of jalapeno or chipotle chile. It was delicious, but I could have eaten another sandwich.
They charged $4.27 as listed on the display board. The printed menu states the price as $4.42. I don't know if they're raising or lowering their prices, but it's definitely worth it.
I arrived at 4:40 and easily got a seat. By 4:55 I was sharing my booth with 2 other people. You have to be willing to do this because there are only 3 booths inside and a couple of tables outside.
re: Dogbite Williams
Went today and split two different cemitas. The lamb barbacoa and the pollo adobada. The barbacoa was okay but the pollo had a lot more flavor to the sandwich and I liked it better by quite a big margin. We had both with string cheesse and added both chipotle and jalapeno to both for extra "zing" but the sandwiches were still pretty mild.
I noticed that catty corner to the little mall that has Don Adrian's in it (Don Adrian's is on the SW corner of Kester and Victory) on what would be the NE corner of Kester and Victory is a Mariscos El Pulpo restaurant and also a Pollo a la Brasa.
I'll have to go back and try the breaded pork cutlet one of these days.