Cemitas Tepeaca

The plan.  Go to school and finish class at 2:00pm.  Head over to East LA to try a cemita from Cemitas Tepeaca which I read about over on York Blvd.  And then head on over to Irvine to meet up with some church folk for dinner.

Things didn’t go quite as planned.  I went to school.  I tried a cemita for my very first time.  And I did go to Irvine to spend some time with church friends.  I did all that.  But who would have thought that heading over deep into Orange Country from East LA at 3 in the afternoon would take less than an hour.  That gave me a lot of time to spare so I went to Strawberry Farms to hit some range balls.  The only reason why I bother to mention this is because at this pretty nice golf course, I saw two grown white men go at it.  Started out with some casual trash talking to an all-out fist fight.  Wow.

Alright, so with that irrelevant piece of information aside, I’ll talk about what I had over in East LA.  If I could compare the cemita to anything, it would be a torta.  I ordered the Cemita de Milanesa.  Milanesa is a breaded and deep fried cutlet.  So it was simple.  Sesame roll, the cutlet, avocado, these carrots and red jalapeno peppers (side note, don’t ask for them on the side like I did), and cheese… a lot of cheese.  The bread was pretty hard, unlike the torta.  I thought what made the cemita different was the peppers.  Despite it being red, I didn’t think there was too much of a difference from the green peppers and carrot mix you get at other Mexican places but it certainly was a nice addition.  The peppers gave a kick to a rather heavier taste.

But I noticed my cemita looked different from everyone elses.  Everyone else, when they bit into their cemita had strands of cheese coming out just like a slice of cheesy pizza.  Mine didn’t do that.  After I finished mine, I realized, everyone else paid a dollar more to get a cemita CON QUESILLO.  I guess it’s some type of Mexican string cheese but it looked better than what I had.  I need to remember that for next time.  Cemita de Milanesa con Quesillo.

Oh yeah, and I ordered a coke too.  And of course my coke was different from everyone elses’.  I was drinking out from a can while everyone else was drinking out from a bottle…  Soy un gringo.

<Edited 5/11/09> I don’t know what it was about today, but my Cemita experience was a whole lot different.  It was more like that described on York Blvd. than my first time there.  I ordered the Cemita de Milanesa con Quesillo with jalapeno.  The first time I was there, there was a bit of a communication problem in regards to the chile on my part.  He asked me what kind of chile and I said yes.  He paused.  Chipotle or Jalapeno?  Yes.  Hahaha.

Today the bun was a whole lot softer.  I tasted the papalo (if you’re not into the whole herby/minty thang, then don’t ask for it) which gave the cemita its own unique taste.  The quesillo was good, maybe a tad salty.  I got the Mexican coke.  I don’t know what it was, but I know it was better this time around.

Cemitas Tepeaca
E. Cesar Chavez Ave & N Indiana St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

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