After years of not being able to support a single place that sold food from the Mexican state of Puebla outside of too many sickly sweet interpretations of mole poblano, Orange County is suddenly awash in a Pueblan invasion, specifically of the cemita poblana variety. The epic sandwich--half-cheeseburger, half-schnitzel sandwich, all heft and spice--is the main dish at La Cemita Poblana in Santa Ana, the star of La Poblanita in Anacrime, and the only reason to visit Taquería la Poblana in Orange.
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Taquería la Poblana does have mole poblano on the menu, a good version, but the majority of the menu lists typical taquería fare: tacos, of course, menudo on the weekends, and some platillos of various Mexican combinations (as opposed to the Mexican-American combo plate). The owners are nice, but honestly, just visit for the cemita.
It's a great one, for sure: crunchy, slightly sweet bread, with vines of quesillo wrapping around a finely fried cut of milanesa. Chipotle adds smokiness; the house salsa puts on the burn. And it's okay that the taquería doesn't have pápalo, the metallic herb that completes the dish; it's not pápalo season yet. I still prefer the two aforementioned restaurants over La Poblana, but that's like settling for Chris Bosh over Lebron and Dwayne. This cemita, fat and filling and complex and wonderful? A must-eat.
Taquería la Poblana, 2018 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 283-3478.