No, Cuba is not a city or a state in the United States, we know this. But most people associate this porktastic concoction with Miami, as it’s been the home to many Cuban immigrants since the 1950s. The sandwich, however, originated across the state in Tampa, where the original wave of Cuban immigrants moved to work in the cigar factories.
For lunch, workers would bring sandwiches with ham, roast pork, mustard, mayo, and pickles called Mixtos. As Italian immigrants began to work alongside them, Genoa salami was added and the original “Cuban” was born. And while Miami has its own version sans the salami, either way you fix one -- it’s still the most iconic food in Florida.