Cemitas Puebla – West Loop, Chicago

I have been craving a Mexican torta for the last few weeks.  So, I decided to treat myself to lunch at Cemitas Puebla in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.  This was a fantastic, albeit dangerous idea.  You see, there is a Glazed & Infused donut location right next door.  So, I had to avert my eyes. Evidently, today is “National Donut Day.” (Does Hallmark make a card for this yet?  By now, they should probably have a full line of “National (fill in the food item) Day” cards.  But, I digress. Back to my story…


Cemitas Puebla's entrance


Cemitas Puebla is located just

1 block north and 3 blocks east of the Morgan ‘L’ stop along the CTA Green and Pink Lines.

Morgan 'L' stop near Cemitas Puebla


It’s a fabulous, family-owned, authentic, counter-service Mexican restaurant.  It has been feeding Chicago for about 13 years.  The original Humboldt Park location closed recently.  That’s a real shame.  I hope this West Loop location sticks around for many years to come.

Here is how my lunch went down:

The specialty at Cemitas Puebla are, of course, the cemitas (tortas, sandwiches) which are made on special sesame seed rolls from Puebla, Mexico.  There are several cemitas on the menu.  I chose this extremely flavorful and satisfying carne asada cemita.  Look how gorgeous it is!


Cemitas Puebla's carne asada cemita


The cemitas are made with avocado, house made chipotle, sauce and hand-pulled Oaxacan cheese.  Three different hot sauces are available for spicing up your meal a bit further.  I cannot emphasize enough how good these sesame seed rolls are!  You’ll just have to trust me and head on over there to see for yourself 🙂

The marriage of this carne asada, the roll and the other fresh ingredients was exactly what I had been craving 🙂

Tacos, quesadillas, guacamole are available as well.    

The space at Cemitas Puebla is bright and very casual.  There is some fun artwork on the walls.  You can choose from small and communal tables.


Cemitas Puebla's skeleton art

Cemitas Puebla's dining room

Cemitas Puebla's communal tables

Cemitas Puebla's small tables

Cemitas Puebla's kitchen

Cemita Puebla's menu

Full disclosure:

Although I successfully avoided giving into Glazed & Infused donuts on my way out, I could not resist trying the Horhcata Azteca and Salted Caramel macaroons by Danny Macaroons which are sold at Cemitas Puebla.  I ate the evidence before I could snap a photo.  Clearly, they were totally worth it 😉  Hey, Hallmark!  When is “National Marcaroon Day?!”

So, the next time you are seeking an inexpensive, delicious and satisfying meal, you should check out Cemitas Puebla.

Cemitas Puebla is located at 817 W. Fulton St.  It is open every day from 11am – 9pm.  Click here for more information.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green or Pink Lines to Cemitas Puebla.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive! 

Looking for other great taco joints around Chicago?  Check out Velvet Taco in The Gold Coast, Belly Shack in Humboldt Park, Antique Taco in Wicker Park and El Hefe Supermacho Taqueria in River North.