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Cemitas Puebla Tastes Just as Good in the West Loop

The Humboldt Park eatery’s second location retains the quality of the first—if for a few extra bucks.

Tony Anteliz
Tony Anteliz   Photo: Anna Knott

If you’ve been to the original Cemitas Puebla in Humboldt Park, owner Tony Anteliz’s dad probably greeted you at the door, then promptly told you to skip the tacos and order a cemita—one of the sesame-seed-speckled, flying-saucer-size Pueblan sandwiches for which the restaurant was named. Hopefully you listened.

You won’t find Tony’s dad at the sleek, wood-accented new location in the West Loop, but you will find the same menu. And you should still order a cemita, though it’ll cost a few bucks more, between $7.95 and $11. (Location, location, location.)

All the sandwiches arrive piled high with meat, hand-pulled Oaxacan cheese, and avocado slices and on a soft bun with a thin smear of housemade chipotle salsa. Try the arabe, hefty with spit-roasted pork and soft onions, or carne asada, with perfectly charred steak morsels. The Atomica, with its breaded pork loin, marinated grilled pork, and ham, solves the indecisive pork lover’s quandary. Drizzle on a bit more chipotle salsa—the hottest, most complex of the three that come with your sandwich. 817 W. Fulton Market, 312-455-9200

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