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Feb 4, 2009 03:52 PM

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

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  1. I've eaten there twice and both times were more than satisfactory.

    That place is VERY small. I don't know how they'll be able to handle a big increase in business

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    1. re: Dogbite Williams

      Thanks for the reply DB. Have you tried the barbacoa of lamb? That is the first sandwich I intend on trying.

      1. re: Servorg

        Sorry, I don't remember which two sandwiches I tried. I spoke to an employee who said that the breaded pork was the biggest seller.

      2. re: Dogbite Williams

        Yeah, they have about three tables. Maybe one or two more right outside the door, in the parking lot. Nice people, good food. Hope they don't get too slammed.

      3. As an aside, that same page currently has a link to a very nice story about the family that owns Clifton's Cafeteria. See:

        1. 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.

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          1. 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.

            1. re: Servorg

              I have tried the breaded pork (lomo popular). It's one of my favorites.

              1. re: Servorg

                there's a third mexican place in teh mall next to the mariscos el pulpo i believe -- or i could have it wrong -
                but i went to the mexican place there and the caldos were great.

                1. re: Jerome

                  It looked from my vantage point like a place had gone out and something new was either coming in or the space might have been for lease. I also recall a Mexican bakery in that other mall too.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    The bakery is El Carrusel, a Salvadoran bakery. In addition to sweets, they have excellent pupusas.

                    1. re: Jwsel

                      That was it. I was trying to recall the name, but couldn't come up with it. Sounds good. Have you (or anyone of the LA hounds) tried El Pulpo by any chance?