Jonathan Gold and Teenage Glutster told me to eat a cemita, so I did. I blindly trust anything those two say about food, so they could have told me to eat a pork and pesto pumpkin pie and I probably would. Luckily cemitas taste a lot better than meat desserts.
Cemitas are delicious Mexican sandwiches and the best place in LA to get them is the recently opened Pal Cabron. Of course it’s the only place I’ve ever had a cemita…
Run with warmth and passion by Bricia and Fernando Lopez, this fun eatery is just down the street from the brilliant Mexican restaurant, La Casita Mexicana. Like Jaime and Ramiro at La Casita, Bricia and Fernando are so enthusiastic about introducing Angelenos to the native flavors of Mexico that they glow with excitement when serving you. Their restaurants buzz with their energy as a result.
I sampled six different cemitas, two clayudas a horchata and a michelada.
My favorite cemitas were La Muy Muy (represented in cartoon female form by a spicy brunette in a red dress), La Chirris (chorizo), La Cachonda (pata de res aka beef feet) and of course, La Más Cabrona (milanesa, pork cheese and avocado). The light-hearted murals, both in the dining room and el bano, add to the fun of Pal Cabron. Throw back some micheladas (beer with a lip of salt, chile and crushed grasshoppers) and finish with a homemade horchata (which are notably less sweet than their factory-produced counterparts).
Because of its location five miles south of downtown, you’re just gonna have to drive the extra ten minutes past your favorite taco truck one night (they’re open till 4am Thurs, Fri and Sat nights) and try it. And you will, not because I said so but because Jonathan Gold and Javier did.