If there's one thing people from Miami love, it's... well, these 29 things. But we also really love Cuban sandwiches. In fact, we love that combination of ham, roasted pork, Swiss & mustard so much, it can be hard to pick the best one. If only some sweet men's lifestyle site would try 'em all and then rank Miami's eight best Cuban sandwiches. OH, WAIT!
What you're getting: Cuban Sandwich
While this landmark Cuban joint on Red and Flagler is famous for their machete-wielding coconut juice-maker, they wouldn’t be a regular stop for Bobby Flay and other celebri-chefs if the food at their intermittent “food stations” wasn’t just as killer. The Cuban you’ll find in the middle of this steamy Flagami produce market/restaurant is plancha-pressed and no less lardtastic than others, but at least here you can cut it with some fresh-pressed juice.
What you're getting: Cuban Reuben
If Marco Rubio and Pitbull have taught us anything, it’s that it's impossible to say what makes a “real” Cuban. So, Chef Alberto Cabrera's applied this forward-thinking approach to sandwiches and gave us the Cuban Rueben: Cuban rye bread piled high w/ roast pork, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss & truffle Thousand Island dressing.
What you're getting: Sandwich Especial
A favorite of the Burger Beast's dad, this sucker's got all the things your standard Cuban sandwich does, except the pork, ham & Swiss are cut twice as thick, the mustard and mayo are all spread on twice as generously, and the toasted Cuban bread is, well, the same size. Man’s gotta watch his carbs, entiende?
5. Sarussi Cafe
What you're getting: Sarussi’s Original
Fun fact: when the Dolphins’ offensive line imploded midway through last season, they actually briefly considered signing a Sarussi’s Original to a 12-week contract. Ok, no they didn’t, but when you consider this 16-inch behemoth on a homemade sub roll that’s loaded with smoked ham, roasted pork, mozzarella, pickles, and secret sauce has slowed down every 300lb dude who’s ever come in contact with it, and already has extensive TV experience on Man v. Food, it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
4. De Rodriguez
What you're getting: Cuban Sandwich on a Stick
We’re not trying to get all nouveau-trendy-foodier-than-thou with this pick from reigning AAA Four Diamond Award-winner for best Latin food in Miami, but for the love of Pepe Billete, it’s a freaking CUBAN SANDWICH ON A STICK! So, even though your abuelo might roll over in his grave at the thought of ham, roast pork, pickles & mustard formed into perfect crispy cubes, wrapped in fried Swiss, and stuck on skewers, it tastes just as delicious as anything you’ll find in a Hialeah cafeteria.
What you're getting: Famous Cuban Sandwich
If you want the most quintessential Miami experience that doesn’t involve renting a Ferrari or getting ignored by doormen, it’s gonna be hitting this Little Havana landmark and chomping on pressed Cuban bread -- filled with all the Cuban sandwich regulars -- while sitting outside with a cafecito and listening to all the Cuban restaurant regulars talk about the latest chisme.
What you're getting: Cuban Sandwich
Maybe the most frequently asked question by out-of-towners -- other than “Can you get me into LIV?” -- is: “Where’s the best Cuban food in South Beach?”. And while that answer varies, for a straight-up Cubano there’s no better, easier, or cheaper place than Las Olas, where they coat each piece of Cuban bread with butter before topping it with house-roasted pork loin and Swiss, then put it open-faced in the plancho so everything gets all melty-gooey-delicious, and serve it to you for a very un-South-Beachy $5.
What you're getting: Cuban Especial
A leading sandwich authority whose name may or may not rhyme with “illest” named them one of the top 21 sandwich shops in America. So of COURSE it tops our list of Miami Cubans: not only because they add fresh, fried croquetas to all the usual Cuban ingredients, but also because, despite its location in the no-man’s land between Wynwood and Midtown, it still gets serious love from locals.
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1. El Palacio De Los Jugos14300 SW 8th St, Miami
2. Bread + Butter2330 Salzedo St, Coral Gables
3. Latin American Bakery & Cafe890 Southwest 57th Ave, Miami
4. Sarussi Subs6797 SW 8th St, Miami
5. De Rodriguez Ocean101 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
6. Versailles Restaurant3555 SW 8th St, Miami
7. Las Olas Cafe644 6th St, Miami
8. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop186 NE 29th St, Miami
This Cuban fast-food joint in Flagami, Florida has seen visits from Bobby Flay and other celebri-chefs, but it is best known for all of its made-in-house, fresh juices. It's also a mecca of pork and for good reason; the chicharrones (fresh pork rinds) are so good that people revolve their trip around them. This place has got the whole nose-to-tail theory down pat, using other parts of the pig for its juicy sandwich.
Bread + Butter serves a lot more than, well, bread and butter. Enjoy Cuban fare with a twist and a full bar with some interesting drinks - liquid nitrogen shakes, anyone? - prepared by Mr. Pan con Mantequilla himself, Alberto Cabrera.
Just because Luis no longer runs it doesn't mean this Latin spot's no longer putting out authentic eats with a menu stacked with sandwiches, fresh baked pastries, and, of course, fritas.
Sarussi's is a sub shop famous for serving up a 16-inch behemoth on a home-made sub roll that’s loaded with smoked ham, roasted pork, mozzarella, pickles and secret sauce and has garnered TV experience on Man vs. Food.
With poolside seating and a revamped interior with lots of aged wood, Ocean plates Doug Rodriguez's Nuevo Latino take on the sea, this time with some Asian influence: ceviches including Thai lobster coconut w/ ginger, or tuna watermelon w/ kumquat, yuzu, and Thai basil, plus entrees like seared adobo tuna.
This landmark Cuban restaurant on Calle Ocho serves up the best Cuban coffee in Miami, and it’s the perfect spot to bring out-of-towners when they’re in for a visit to show off the city’s Cuban culture. Here, you can get a heaping plate of ropa vieja for less than you’d pay for a drink in most of Miami, while listening to locals talk politics over cafecitos and tourists diving into plates of grilled meats with black beans, rice, and sweet plantains.
Las Olas is a divey cafe where they're famous for a sandwich they coat each piece of Cuban bread with butter before topping it with house-roasted pork loin and Swiss that's all melty-gooey-delcious.
This Wynwood hole-in-the-wall has a well-deserved reputation for affordable and authentic Cuban sandwiches, most notably, the Cubano. The Miami (or Tampa, depending who you're talking to) -born sandwich is classically made with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and in a not-so-classic but welcome twist, croquettas. Other sandwiches are just as tempting, especially the medianoche, which replaces the Cubano's crusty bread with a challah-like sweet egg dough. Plastic seats and formica tabletops crowd the dining room, but if you're here solo, opt for a stool at the counter.