Miami Lacks a Classic Egg and Cheese Sandwich

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The Nesting Project
This is what we're looking for. Bacon optional.
A breakfast sandwich is not a complicated thing. Eggs, cheese, and meat are cooked and then stuffed between toasted bread.

But in Miami, there aren't any classic versions of this dish.

Granted, it's a Northeastern thing. But it's simple enough to make. There's no special equipment required. The ingredients couldn't be easier to source. Even the Kaiser roll -- a crusty round of bread with a fluffy interior -- could be replaced by some Cuban bread.

The key to the sandwich is its egg, which must be cooked sunny side-up over medium heat until it reaches a crispy, browned white and still-runny yolk.

But this is precisely where Miami fails.

The News Café on Ocean Drive takes a shot at it. Their rendition ($9.75), served on a baguette, features a good dose of nuclear-yellow-orange, properly melted American cheese. But instead of runny eggs, they employ rubbery omelets.

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Zachary Fagenson
The egg and cheese from Roasters' N Toasters: A rubbery, mushy abomination.
The same mistake is made by Roasters' n Toasters, a self-proclaimed New York-style deli. They serve an overcooked, burnt omelet inside its egg and cheese sandwich ($4.50). The Kaiser roll isn't even toasted, turning the sandwich into a sloppy, soggy mess.

At Sergio's on Coral Way, a breakfast sandwich is known as pan con tortilla ($6.50). Several other Cuban restaurants proffer the same dish, but again, they make omelets.

Sure, this Cuban-style creation is excellent in its own right -- filled with everything from ham to chorizo with potatoes and bell pepper. But it's not a real, traditional egg and cheese.

What I'm saying is this: Miami, you're missing out. When you bite into that hot, toasty sandwich, you get a hit of a warm, liquidy egg yolk that runs down your chin. You taste that melty, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth American cheese.

So I'll keep searching for the classic. Until then, I guess I'll just settle for the omelets.

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Location Info

Roasters 'N' Toasters

525 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

News Cafe

800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sergio's

3252 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant


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29 comments
Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

I've been saying this for years.

vsa305
vsa305

DELI LANE CAFE CHALLAH EGG MELT. I live in NYC from Miami and it's miles better than the ones I eat up here.

veex74
veex74

Try the Unemployed Chef in Coral Gables. It goes for $5 and they give you a choice of bread, meat, cheese and style of egg. I've had a classic here and it totally reminded me of getting breakfast in New York from those food carts. Yum!

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

It's not hard at all to find one actually...try a good Cuban bakery.

Jessica Gonzalez-Guzman
Jessica Gonzalez-Guzman

Donnie Danger? Who would take the food opinion of someone who's name sounds like the lead in an all male porno seriously anyway? Go away Donnie ding dong lol

Candice Gulley Figueredo
Candice Gulley Figueredo

Donnie Danger: wtf? Who compared an egg sandwich to a Cuban sandwich??? Someone posted about eggs and cheese on Cuban bread! Reading comprehension much? Or are you just bored and trolling? #justwondering

ccalderon1224
ccalderon1224

I don't care where you are in this world, no bacon, egg, cheese sandwich should cost more than $3. It's not gourmet food. By the way, a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is 2 slices of bacon, 1 fried egg and 1 slice of cheese not an omelet on top of cuban bread. If I wanted an omelet I'd ask for it with the bread on the side.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

miami lacks alot of good food...and to the people comparing cuban sandwichies to a egg sandwich, we're in America not cuba, wake the fuck up, cuban food sucks anyway

Sol Flamberg
Sol Flamberg

Miami lacks more than a sandwich .. Don't get me started on the bacon either.

Marisa Altman
Marisa Altman

Enriquetas had the biggest, cheesiest, biggest pressed egg sandwich on Cuban bread!!!!!

TheOrchidBoutique.com
TheOrchidBoutique.com

I couldn't agree more! I can't keep travelling to NJ to get a good egg sandwich.

Ashley Sokol
Ashley Sokol

I don't eat pork and that's the only thing they serve on every breakfast menu :/ Get it together Miami!

Thaadeus Brooks
Thaadeus Brooks

cuz places are too damn busy making 65$ Cheeseburgers and rediculous overpriced stuff in the name of "foodie culture" when in reality no one can make a simple egg and cheese sammich...

jharley8
jharley8

the pork belly egg sandwich from rosa mexicano is the best

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