If you’re feeling peckish after that third Cuba Libre, you may consider getting your hands on the city’s famous Cubano. This lovable mix of ham, pork, swiss cheese and pickles is available all over the city, but where can you get the best one? Read on to discover the places that make it right.
1. Enriquetas Sandwich Shop
If you’re in the Wynwood area, Enriqueta’s is the perfect place to chow down on Miami’s famous sandwich. You’ll find an eclectic mix of people in this establishment: construction workers, tourists, hipsters – all united by their love of the sandwich. This place is especially popular for the addition of croquetas ( deep-fried bechamel filled bitesize snacks) that are pressed into the sandwich along with the meat and the cheese.
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This famous restaurant, nestled in the heart of Little Havana, is a bit of a tourist trap but they do a good Cubano and other variations on the theme. You’ll find a great selection of other Cuban delicacies too, including Ropa Vieja ( shredded beef) and roasted Cuban style pork. It’s a great spot to bring a group of friends as the family specials serve up to 5 people.
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3. Sarussi Cafe Subs
For the die-hard Cubano fans, Sarussi’s may raise a few eyebrows. Firstly, they make their sandwich with a secret sauce which replaces the traditional mustard – we have no idea what it is but have been reliably informed that’s it packs a powerful punch. Secondly, the bread is more Italian than Cuban – we can hear the gasps from here. However, the option of having melted butter brushed on top adds an extra layer of indulgence to this Miami classic – so it wins full marks from us.
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4. Pollo Tropical
Pollo Tropical is a chain, and as such has a load of stores across the city. But before you write it off, their sandwiches are tasty and the place fires them out at fast-food chain speed without the quality being compromised. Also, there’s a drive-through, so you don’t even have to leave the car. Grab a Cubano and some Rum and coke marinated Chicken Pinchos perhaps?
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5. Caribe Cafe
Caribe Cafe was founded in 1978 by the Alvarado family and has been a home from home for many homesick Cubans ever since. This place gives you great value for your money, providing you with massive portions. The Cuban sandwich comes crammed with the meat and sliced in larger pieces than in most places. The restaurant now has seven locations in the Miami area and are open from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm every day.
6. Doce Provisions
This establishment is not afraid to go against the grain. Their Cubano has been splashed with a hint of creativity and daring. The Cuban bread has been swapped out for a soft roll and soppressata ( Italian dry salami) is added, which in Miami is a no, no. Still, this sandwich will not disappoint, and while you’re at it, grab a plate of their croquettes, which have been voted the best in Miami.
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