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Jul 17, 2011 06:29 PM

Pal Cabron Alternatives

I was a big fan of Pal Cabron, especially the Muy Muy (pork milenesa cemitas). Anyone have any alternatives for great cemitas nearby? It seems like most of the alternatives are on trucks, any favorites?

Pal Cabron
2560 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

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  1. I think you'll need to go over the East side of LA to get your fix. Places like Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita or Cemitas La China Poblana or Cemitas Tepeaca or Cemitas Poblanas...

    La China Poblana
    3568 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

    Elvirita Cemitas Poblanas
    3010 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

    Cemitas Poblanas
    401 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

    1. If you ask me, Don Adrian in Van Nuys is better and cheaper than Cabron, but it's definitely not nearby.
      In K-town, there's a truck that parks on Wilshire around Vermont with a picture of a girl holding a couple of cemitas in front can guess where. I'm thinking of trying that one soon, so I'll report back if it's any good.

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      1. re: thestratbrat

        I've seen that truck and was thinking of trying it as well. I usually see it further west, around the Ambassador or so.

        1. re: thestratbrat

          This weekend, there was also one on NE side Western/4th. Not sure if they have the pork milanesa, but they certainly had beef.

          There are plenty of cemitas truck in Ktown, no? Isn't that why Pal Cabron shuttered?

          Pal Cabron
          2560 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

          1. re: TonyC

            > There are plenty of cemitas truck in Ktown, no?

            Yes, which sorta begs the question of why there aren't more cemitas trucks elsewhere, where they might be more appreciated and have less direct competition.

            But then, watching the food truck "scene" is like watching 5-year-olds play AYSO soccer: everyone gloms around the ball, mostly kicking at the air, until somehow the ball squirts loose and everyone runs after it to repeat the process, while on the sidelines the coach is waving his arms and futilely yelling "Spread out!!"

            1. re: Bradbury

              Update: I finally tried the suggestive cemitas truck and it was, uh, kind of a bust. Mostly the bread's fault, though the filling wasn't much to write home about either. I'll look into other K-Town trucks.

              1. re: thestratbrat

                Thanks, I tried it too and had the same reaction. I'll try the 5th and Western truck next.


        2. +1 on Cemitas Don Adrian in Van Nuys.

          Tacos y Cemitas Pueblas, on Sherman Way between De Soto and Canoga in Canoga Park (website at ), does a booming business in cemitas, and they also have a more extensive menu of Pueblan specialties. Their cemitas look quite promising, but I haven't tried them yet. I've only been there once, and I was craving mole poblano and platano fritos at the time - both of which were very good.

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          1. re: GlenBlank

            I love Don Adrian. but note there have been some recent mixed reports about their bread:


            1. re: Peripatetic

              I really liked their bread. Maybe they just have times when it's not-so-fresh. Though they did give me my sandwich sans papalo without having asked whether or not I wanted it. (I didn't--still haven't quite acquired that taste--but it's the principle, you know?)

              1. re: thestratbrat

                same thing happened to me the other day; for the first time, too. and i love the papalo. i hate getting gringo-ed.