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(WFLA Tampa Bay)   The best places to get a Cuban sandwich in Tampa. Publix absent from list   (wfla.com) divider line
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2021-07-06 2:18:16 PM  
Because Publix cuban sandwiches suck compared to what you can get at the corner cuban store.
 
2021-07-06 2:24:55 PM  
WUT? No Arby's?
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2021-07-06 2:46:35 PM  
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HFK
2021-07-06 3:24:28 PM  
Columbia is really good and the 1905 salad is a perfect companion. All their food is really good and the Spanish bean soup is my favorite. They have really good pickles too.
 
2021-07-06 3:34:47 PM  
The first Cuban sandwich I ever had was made in an old shack that served as the general store in a swamp near Ocala. There were actual Cuban men, old dudes, playing dominoes on the porch. The woman behind the counter asked us if we wanted the sandwiches to stay or to go; we said we'd like to stay because we don't like eating in the car. So she set up a card table and three folding chairs in the soda aisle.

Without question the best Cuban sandwich I've ever had.
 
2021-07-06 3:46:53 PM  
Publix Cubans are o.k. if you want a cold Cuban sandwich, and if you are nowhere near a real Cuban sandwich place.

Also, their list fails without Brocato's.
 
2021-07-06 3:48:43 PM  

HFK: Columbia is really good and the 1905 salad is a perfect companion. All their food is really good and the Spanish bean soup is my favorite. They have really good pickles too.


The Colombia has nothing to do with Cuba it is a restaurant founded by a Spaniard who was the chef for the king of Spain.
 
2021-07-06 3:50:25 PM  
(checks list)

Ahh, good, La Terisita is on there.

/my mom's family help settle Tampa Bay
//smuggled molasses and rum during prohibition, via Cuba
 
2021-07-06 3:52:49 PM  

CFitzsimmons: The first Cuban sandwich I ever had was made in an old shack that served as the general store in a swamp near Ocala. There were actual Cuban men, old dudes, playing dominoes on the porch. The woman behind the counter asked us if we wanted the sandwiches to stay or to go; we said we'd like to stay because we don't like eating in the car. So she set up a card table and three folding chairs in the soda aisle.

Without question the best Cuban sandwich I've ever had.


I got one at Publix.  It was delicious.
 
2021-07-06 4:20:56 PM  
Forgive me but what is a Cuban sauce like? I was envisioning something like 'blooming onion' sauce but have no clue
 
HFK
2021-07-06 4:21:46 PM  

theflatline: HFK: Columbia is really good and the 1905 salad is a perfect companion. All their food is really good and the Spanish bean soup is my favorite. They have really good pickles too.

The Colombia has nothing to do with Cuba it is a restaurant founded by a Spaniard who was the chef for the king of Spain.


Does that make them somehow unable to make a Cuban sandwich? I don't care if there is an Andorian with a chef hat hiding his antenna doing the cooking if he knows what he is doing. I don't think anyone said they had anything to do with Cuba, still a good sandwich.
 
2021-07-06 4:24:57 PM  

HFK: theflatline: HFK: Columbia is really good and the 1905 salad is a perfect companion. All their food is really good and the Spanish bean soup is my favorite. They have really good pickles too.

The Colombia has nothing to do with Cuba it is a restaurant founded by a Spaniard who was the chef for the king of Spain.

Does that make them somehow unable to make a Cuban sandwich? I don't care if there is an Andorian with a chef hat hiding his antenna doing the cooking if he knows what he is doing. I don't think anyone said they had anything to do with Cuba, still a good sandwich.


They do make a good Cuban but most people assume it is a Cuban place i have an original menu from when they first opened.

They are a Spanish restuarant that did a few Cuban items to cater to the local Cubans.
 
2021-07-06 4:41:32 PM  

weddingsinger: (checks list)

Ahh, good, La Terisita is on there.

/my mom's family help settle Tampa Bay
//smuggled molasses and rum during prohibition, via Cuba


La Teresita is absolutely the best "officially a restaurant" for a Cuban sandwich, IMHO.  But Cuban sandwiches are like BBQ - the best place you'll ever find is an old shack with locals sitting around and a family making them the way they've done it forever.
 
2021-07-06 4:54:25 PM  
The bread is the key there. If don't live in a place that has a good cuban bakery.
But do live in a place that has a publix supermarket. Phone them up the day before and request a fresh loaf of cuban bread from the bakery.

While Publix usually keeps Cuban bread on stock....it's not consistent and often a day or more old 'on display'. Call them they'll make a fresh batch just for you...leave a pick up time and they'll hold a freshly made loaf for you.
 
2021-07-06 4:58:54 PM  

cretinbob: Because Publix cuban sandwiches suck compared to what you can get at the corner cuban store.


That is true. see my above post. It's all about the bread for a cuban. The 'display' sandwiches at publix are made with the Cuban bread they didn't sell the day before. I've had great success requesting a loaf made fresh for me.
And do the Cuban at home with two cast iron pans as a 'press'. Or drag out the old griddle/sandwich press....or use the grill a couple of sheet pans and towel to press.
 
2021-07-06 5:14:18 PM  

theflatline: HFK: theflatline: HFK: Columbia is really good and the 1905 salad is a perfect companion. All their food is really good and the Spanish bean soup is my favorite. They have really good pickles too.

The Colombia has nothing to do with Cuba it is a restaurant founded by a Spaniard who was the chef for the king of Spain.

Does that make them somehow unable to make a Cuban sandwich? I don't care if there is an Andorian with a chef hat hiding his antenna doing the cooking if he knows what he is doing. I don't think anyone said they had anything to do with Cuba, still a good sandwich.

They do make a good Cuban but most people assume it is a Cuban place i have an original menu from when they first opened.

They are a Spanish restuarant that did a few Cuban items to cater to the local Cubans.


Love the Columbia. Fantastic paella, the plantains and empanadas are awesome.

CFitzsimmons: The first Cuban sandwich I ever had was made in an old shack that served as the general store in a swamp near Ocala. There were actual Cuban men, old dudes, playing dominoes on the porch. The woman behind the counter asked us if we wanted the sandwiches to stay or to go; we said we'd like to stay because we don't like eating in the car. So she set up a card table and three folding chairs in the soda aisle.

Without question the best Cuban sandwich I've ever had.


My wife went to a similar place while driving through Alligator Alley. Said that it was this tiny shack in the swamp and the sandwich was the best she ever had. Second best was in, of all places, McCaysville, GA. Called Rum Cake Lady, the owners came from Cuba and the food is absolutely amazing! The Cuban sandwich was delicious, the Papa Rellana's were full of flavor and I never knew that Cuban tamale's were different from Mexican. And do notpass up the rum cakes. My god they were phenomenal. If you are one of those poor unfortunate souls who can't handle gluten they make gluten free versions of a lot of their foods, including the rum cakes. Do yourself a favor and order some cakes to be shipped to you. You won't regret it.
 
2021-07-06 7:45:59 PM  

optikeye: WUT? No Arby's?
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Just...no....no no no no
 
2021-07-06 7:47:40 PM  

weddingsinger: (checks list)

Ahh, good, La Terisita is on there.

/my mom's family help settle Tampa Bay
//smuggled molasses and rum during prohibition, via Cuba


I haven't heard that name in a loooong time. Their ropa vieja was awesome.
 
2021-07-06 7:50:38 PM  

optikeye: cretinbob: Because Publix cuban sandwiches suck compared to what you can get at the corner cuban store.

That is true. see my above post. It's all about the bread for a cuban. The 'display' sandwiches at publix are made with the Cuban bread they didn't sell the day before. I've had great success requesting a loaf made fresh for me.
And do the Cuban at home with two cast iron pans as a 'press'. Or drag out the old griddle/sandwich press....or use the grill a couple of sheet pans and towel to press.


And I'm not saying Publix is bad, I'm saying other places are better.

But if you don't see the palm leaf on the bread, don't order it.
 
2021-07-07 1:42:33 AM  
Man I've always thought Cuban sandwiches are gross. Had one as a kid and it was the most vile shiat I'd ever eaten. Neon mustard and floppy pickles are hard to pull off as a main flavor profile, and it didn't help it had been sitting cellophaned in a glass case long enough for the mustard to dry out and soak into the yellow bread.

If we're going sandwich I'll take a pan con bistec every time, but it'll never make me as happy as really good black beans and rice
 
2021-07-07 4:42:25 AM  
Tampa, you say?

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/salami has no place on a cubano
 
2021-07-07 4:48:12 AM  

fasahd: Forgive me but what is a Cuban sauce like? I was envisioning something like 'blooming onion' sauce but have no clue


honestly I have zfc what "cuban sauce" is, unless they simply mean the usual mojo you'd find on a sanguiche-cubano? olive oil, metric fark-tonne of raw garlic minced, serrano/jalapenho/habanero/etc., foodtab'smy favorite delicious soap-weedcilantro, juices of lime and sour orange, sugar, salt.
 
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