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Nov 3, 2010 04:09 PM

Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron Review

I swung by Pal Carbon yesterday on my way home from work to try my first Cemita. I'm a big fan of a well made Torta, and the pics of these sandwiches looked divine so I figured it was worth a taste. After reviewing the menu I settled on between the La Bronca (Spicy Shredded Pork) and the Carnitas one. I asked the sweet girl behind the cash register which was better and she said the shredded pork loin, so I took her advice and ordered one "con Quesillo" (Oaxacan string cheese). I ordered the sandwich to go and brought it home. It held up pretty well over the 15 minute drive. The bread was soft and yielding but sturdy enough to hold the generous portion of pork and cheese. It was a spicy and delicious concoction, and could possibly serve as my burrito substitute since I've yet to be fully satisfied with any burrito I've eaten in LA. My only quip is that it could have used a bit more avocado. There were also some chipotles on there which were a nice touch... Next time I definitely want to try one of the milanesa (fried cutlet) ones of beef or pork.

Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron
3337 1/2 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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  1. Next time try the one with the fried beef patty and headcheese, I think it was #3?

    It's sort of like a chicken fried steak sandwich ... get it with extra Mexican cheese and the chipotle sauce. Sort of messy to eat (avocado makes it slippery), but good stuff.

    1. Nice review, Brian. If you have been to Don Adrian's (my favorite Cemita place in LA) in Van Nuys before (?) how would you stack the cemita up at Pal Cabron? Here's a Yelp photo of the beef Milanesa con quesillo at Don Adrian:

      Taqueria Don Adrian
      14902 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

      4 Replies
      1. re: Servorg

        I feel honored, the photo you used as an example on Yelp was taken by myself.

        Yes, it was delicious! :>)


        1. re: Hypnotic23

          I know excellent food porn when I see it, Stuart! ;-D> Thanks for letting me know it was your work, Stuart. Nice job...

        2. re: Servorg

          I've been to both. I think that's the major difference between either place for me: Don Adrian = gut busting value but after a while each bite tastes the same and total food coma later vs. Pal Cabron = each bite is different but and I could probably eat 2 on a really hungry day.

          I prefer the Don Adrian bun and there they give you more avocado and larger meat portions. Don Adrian sandwiches are truly belly busters! Especially the milanesas which are much thicker than Pal's. Pal's sandwiches are a bit smaller but I think the meat cookery is superb at both places. The string cheese and chipotle sauce I like at Pal Cabron a bit more, too. Though, some bites of the chipotle were too sweet for me, almost jammy.

          The cecina sandwiches are vastly different at either place - the Don Adrian one is a stack of thinly sliced cecina - at Pal Cabron it's one slice on top of a grilled pork loin. Not expected but still delicious. Both places are great and open late!

          1. re: maiweezy

            I appreciate the long and very detailed answer, maiweezy. I would go to the 8th Street location when it was Guelaguetza, but the parking down there has always been miserable at the times I have gone. Sounds like a good spot if I seen some place to park. Otherwise it will be Don Adrian's when I need to scratch my cemita itch.

        3. I went a couple weeks ago, after wanting to try it for a long time, but not wanting to drive to Huntington Park. I was a bit disappointed though. I had La Barbacha, and it was good, but when I finished it, I was still hungry. And I had to pay $2 extra for quesillo, which I thought was a bit silly. So the total was like $9 with tax, whereas the cemita that I get from the Smart & Final truck on Venice is $5, and fills me up (and has quesillo). I also thought that the cemita was a little too sweet and saucy (maybe too much sauce that the barbacoa was marinated in? or chipotle?), and kind of overpowered the flavor.

          It was good, but the cemitas truck on Venice is a much better value (and I actually liked it more). Cemitas Elvirita was better too IMO.

          Smart & Final
          10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034