La Cemita Poblana

519 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701


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  • Reservations Not Necessary
La Cemita Poblana is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. It sells its namesake, the famous sandwich of Puebla-massive sesame-seed bun, not some hamburger bread baloney, but marbled, almost like challah. Light spread of beans. Avocado. Your choice of meat. The aforementioned cheeses (order both) and peppers (order both, and note the contrast between the pickled jalapeño and the true, unmitigated smokiness of chipotle). Small molcajetes of pickled radish slices and a furious green salsa accompany each sit-down order. The sandwich is mashed so it won't disintegrate. Almost as big as two quarter-pounders. Toasty. Sweet. Spicy. Cheesy. The Bach of breadstuff.

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