¡Ask a Comida Critic! On Our Disappearing Cemitas Poblanas Trucks
I have other, non-Mexican related food questions in queue, but am answering this one because the answer pisses me off:
Ah, Anaya's--just a week after I reviewed it for its glorious cemitas poblanas (the gargantuant sandwiches made with a challah-like bread, stringy cheese, a chipotle pepper, milanesa, and a bitter herb), it was already not showing up. I haven't seen it in weeks, so I can safely say it's kaput--which pisses me off.
Simply put, eaters: it doesn't seem Orange County can support a proper cemitas place. It only has truly existed in OC in the lonchera-sphere--first, at a long-gone taco truck that stood where the tacos acorazados place now parks, on the corner of Sycamore and Cubbon in SanTana. Even the much-missed Nancy Puebla restaurant, the only true Pueblan restaurant in la naranja, didn't prepare this sandwich.
There are rumors of a cemita poblana at Taqueria Don Victor in Huntington Beach, but I doubt it's real--Pueblans haven't settled much in Orange County (their main American outpost is New York, so much so that many jokingly call it Puebla York, a play on its Spanish name), and definitely not in Surf City. I will research though--details to come...
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