This isn't the first time we've featured a sandwich from D.C.'s favorite gas station-cum-late night sandwich oasis, Fast Gourmet, and for good reason. The Chivito, as we discussed here, is one of the marquee sandwiches. The Cubano ($8.50) is definitely worthy of stomach space the next time you're out on U Street.
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The menu says it comes with "pierna desmenuzada, mojo y cebolla"--what you're getting is roast pork (shredded leg meat, specifically), mojo sauce, and diced onions on Cuban sandwich bread. The bread is cut lengthwise, and the assembled sandwich is cooked in a press, yielding crispy top and bottom crusts.
Medianoches are usually made with "pan suave," a soft, sweet bread. Since it is not widely available, I've substituted it with 6 inch-long challah rolls, which are sweet and soft like the original. About the author: María del Mar Sacasa...
Cafecito is located near three or four colleges and universities, the Harold Washington Library, and a block and a half away from the Loop L Train. It's located next door to a hostel in a relatively nondescript building. But don't let that fool you. Cafecito has some of the best Cuban sandwiches in the entire city of Chicago. And they're cheap, too!
Cubanos (or mixtos as they're called in Cuba and Miami), with their meaty/tangy blend of roast pork, ham, cheese, and pickles, have a pretty secure spot in the list of top 10 sandwiches of all time. It can be pretty tough to find a great one in Manhattan, but Havana Central does it up right.
The good thing about Papa Lima in Williamsburg is that they have quite an extensive sandwich menu; the bad thing is that they seem to be out of a lot of ingredients, a lot of the time. But once I'd successfully ordered and bitten into my 'El Tiante' ($9), I was quite happy.
At Cafe Habana, a good chunk of their menu is available either as a burrito or as a torta; if only for the Mexican sandwich roll from nearby Parisi Bakery, which is toasted atop the kitchen's flat-top grill, thereby accruing a grease-laden char on the roll's edges, opt for the torta.
Though less well-known than the touristy Versailles restaurant, Puerto Sagua is still a must-go for Cuban food in Miami. Don't get intimidated by its location, where many high-end, chic restaurants cluster—this is as cheap as a great sandwich in Miami Beach can get. There's nothing complicated about this authentic Cuban: ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, and another layer of roast pork stuffed in slightly toasted Cuban bread that resembles French baguette, but tastes fattier, with crispy edges.
Don't be misled by the diminutive "ito" in the name of the Cubanito ($9.95) sandwich from Café Cortadito because it's one big, juicy sandwich.
Although Chez Henri is an elegant restaurant, what they're really known for is their Cuban sandwich. Made with house-roasted pork loin, cheese, ham, aioli and pickles this sandwich is the stuff of legend among many of Boston and Cambridge area sandwich lovers. The soft bread is buttered on both sides before it's pressed, then grilled to create a perfect crust surrounding the moist (but not runny) meaty filling.
I know I can't eat an entire Cuban sandwich ($5) from El Castillo de Jagua without entering food coma territory, but I eat the whole thing anyway because it's worth the subsequent brain shutdown and I cannot resist the pork.
The Cubano at Anfora Wine Bar ($10) is filled with proscuitto cotto (Italian cooked ham) and rich melted cheese, but it's the sliver-thin slices of spicy pickles that really make it good.
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