Miami’s TOP 5 Cuban Sandwiches

Looking for the best Cuban sandwich in Miami?

Here are the TOP 5 according to the Miami New Times.

1. Little Bread
At Alberto Cabrera's not-so-little sandwich shop that could, the classic Cuban gets a grown-up twist. It begins with the bread, which is a blend of Pullman and Cuban and baked every morning at Little Bread's big brother, Bread + Butter. But pillow-like yet subtly crisp bread is only the beginning. Instead of using traditional sliced pork, Cabrera cures pork-belly slabs overnight before cooling, pulling, and blending the tender meat with more fat. The result is a juicy and succulent third-generation Cuban anchored by French-inspired pork rillettes. It’s then crowned with Swiss cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, red-wine mustard, and Molinari salami (like they do in Tampa). Yep, salami on your Cuban. Life might never be the same.

2. Miami Smokers
Andres Barrientos and James Bowers are Miami's smoke whisperers, and at their shrine to pig in Little Havana, they bring home the bacon. It's their artisanal, new-age cubano, however, that deserves to be put on a pedestal. What sets this baby apart is the hog itself: Berkshire heritage breed in this case. As for the preparation, pork butts are tossed in a top-secret cure, vacuum-sealed, and finished off with a sous vide preparation for half a day. Ham gets the same treatment. English cucumbers are pickled in house. And the mustard — whose seeds are planted in a fermenting barrel of Wynwood Brewing's La Rubia — gives a robust and tangy finish to an already impeccable creation.

3. Versailles
Lawsuits and sex scandals aside, there's a reason the cubano at this Calle Ocho landmark had its 15 minutes of fame in the film Chef, and that's 'cause it's divine. The four-decade-old sandwich has inspired many knockoffs, but none has mastered the classic quite like Café Versailles, which slings 200 of them daily. So what's the secret to this oldie but goodie? Lots of meat — like four slices of golden bolo ham coated in brown sugar, pineapple juice, and cloves, followed by three slices of Swiss cheese and pork that's been roasted low and slow. It all finds its proper place between slices of crisp, airy, and dense Cuban bread that's brushed with butter and then grilled to perfection. Oh, and yellow mustard and pickles make their mandatory appearance.

4. Luis Galindo Latin American Cafeteria & Restaurant
Raul Galindo, the king of the Cuban sandwich, may be long gone, but his legacy continues at Luis Galindo American Cafeteria & Restaurant at Red Road and Eighth Street. It was Galindo's sandwich from the original Latin American Cafeteria on Coral Way that inspired countless copycats (both sandwiches and restaurants). Decades later, none have gotten it quite as right as he or Elias G. Elias, the current Lebanese-Syrian man raised in Cuba running the show and pushing the culture of the cubano forth by serving one of the best in town.

5. Enriqueta's 
Enriqueta's packs a nice little surprise in its cubano: croquetas. That's right — as if the classic needed any more refining, they’ve one-upped everybody by throwing Miami's irresistible finger food into the mix. The full lineup includes sweet ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, a pickle or two, and generous squirts of mustard, all on Cuban bread that's been toasted to give the precise amount of crunch. So go ahead, take a bite, and preparate to go to Cuban sandwich heaven.

SOURCE: Miami New Times

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