Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: MC/Visa
- Alcohol: None
- Parking: Street, Metered
- Take Out: Yes
September 10, 2014
Look for the colorful windows on Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes to find some serious Mexican sandwiches.
Outside, a U.S. and a Mexican flag adorn the tiny storefront. Inside, pale orange walls are covered with mirrors, sombreros, a neon jukebox, fake birds and a Virgin of Guadalupe statue. The small dining room has about eight tables.
Selenita’s menu includes tacos (al pastor, lengua (beef tongue), cecina (salted beef) and barbacoa (goat), among others), enchiladas, and egg dishes, as well as larger beef, chicken and shrimp entrees. We visited on a Saturday for lunch, in the mood for Mexican sandwiches.
A Mexican torta features thin layers of multiple toppings on a soft round roll – typically a grilled or breaded meat cutlet plus refried beans, sliced jalapeños, and avocado. There are usually other ingredients layered on and there may be a fried egg, if you’re lucky. The larger cemita sandwich comes on a sesame seed bun, with chipotle sauce and white Oaxacan cheese. A good torta or cemita has plenty of layers, but is never too large to squeeze it all together and take a bite of everything at once. Selenita’s version fits the bill. The Chorizo y Huevo torta gets added flavor from the fried egg. The pork leg (pierna) cemita brings a ton of flavors in every bite.
The fresh guacamole at Selenita is relatively unseasoned. Homemade salsas are appropriately spicy, as are the very good chiles rellenos. We didn’t have room to try the tacos. Maybe next time.