Miami's Best Cuban Sandwiches: Getting Creative With Variations On The Traditional

Categories: Best of Miami
The Cuban sandwich. Just the mention la isla's one-time staple makes salivary glands go into overdrive. Its simple ingredients -- pork, ham, cheese, mustard, Cuban bread and pickles -- make for a surprisingly complex flavor.

But there is a plethora of ways to prepare and serve the Cuban. Some prefer slices of ham, while others shred pork legs to provide the literal meat of the sandwich. Some use the traditional Swiss cheese, while others even top the sandwich with brie.

Miami, being basically an extension of Cuba, has plenty of places that have added their own touch on the Cuban mainstay. Here are some of the best this city has to offer.

5. Tinta y Cafe
The self-described "coffee house y mas" keeps patrons happy and coming back with 13 different sandwiches de la patria, Tinta's take on the traditional Cuban sandwich features the usual ingredients of ham, pork, cheese, pickles and mustard. Selections vary according to the meat -- usually ham, pork and/or turkey -- and type of bread. La noche entera ($6.50 small, $8.50 regular) is served on sweet bread and the guajiro ($6.50, $8.75) features ham, Swiss cheese and Tinta's special mojo de la casa sauce. Other than variations on the Cuban, Tinta y Cafe also features a delectable sandwich called el gallego ($6.50, $9.25), which includes cantimpalo (cured chorizo Spanish sausage) and manchego, a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of Manchega sheep.

4. Padrino's
The story of the Padrino family reads much like the quintessential Cuban exile success story, and their restaurant right on the Broward County line in Hallandale just a few blocks from the ocean oozes with the quintessential Cuban taste. First opened in Hialeah at the height of the Cuban exodus in 1976, the restaurant eventually expanded to three Broward locations and a popular Orlando bistro. Here the most popular variation on the Cuban sandwich is the lechon asado ($6.95), a type of Cuban-style marinated roast pork with grilled onions. They also have the traditional Cuban ($5.95), served with ham, sliced roast pork, swiss cheese and pickles, and the media noche ($5.95) on a golden egg roll.

Location Info

Bin No. 18

275 NE 18th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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