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Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

These days, it's not hard to find a decent cemita — you'll find trucks from East Los Angeles to Venice assembling the Puebla specialty almost as fast as Ricky can fry a fish taco. But the version that still reigns supreme is the one at Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas, a small, worn place across the street from a cemetery filled with enough early–20th century L.A. big shots to keep Sarah Vowell happily occupied for days. The most popular item — and rightfully so — is the cemita de Milanesa, a toasted, seeded roll the size of a Pee Wee Softball mitt and crammed with stringy quesillo, avocado, onions, jalapeño or chipotle chilies and thin slices of beef, breaded and fried. As packed as it is, the cemita holds together like a well-constructed burrito. It's as deeply satisfying as any great sandwich should be. 3010 E. First St., Boyle Heights; (323) 881-0428. Daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $2.50-$6.50. No alcohol.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita #1 Restaurante
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3010 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

323-881-0428