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Just had a Cuban sandwich for lunch! We went out for my nephew's birthday and they didn't have a Reuben sandwich on the menu but they did have a Cuban. It was okay, a little too wet for my taste, they didn't slice the pork thin enough so it was kind of greasy. Of course, I got a little spoiled by a Cuban restaurant we used to have here in our little town run by actual Cubans who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Unfortunately that restaurant did not last long, not enough customers around who appreciated the "exotic" food.
Living in Miami, I cannot avoid them. They do vary widely in quality (some are quite tasty), but one thing they all share (and my tastebuds do not, as a preference) is pickles.
Why are there pickles in a Cuban sandwich? For that matter, why does McDonalds add pickles to the quarter pounder, to chicken sandwiches, etc.? I do not find it an improvement in the umami of the sandwiches. Sour, unbalanced, plain weird!
But I am a son of the bland Middle West, not of hotter, humid climes.
That's a big thing that South Texas lacks, enough Cuban expatriates to sustain good Cuban bakeries so we can all buy some fresh pan amarillo for our authentic Cuban sandwiches. Still, when made with good Mexican style pan frances, they're pretty darn tasty.
I live in the Tampa Bay area and I have grown to love Cuban food since I moved here 15 years ago. I believe it’s one of those foods that should be ubiquitous throughout the country, kind of like Italian, Mexican or Chinese.
I did order a Cuban sandwich at a restaurant while visiting Manhattan a few years back. I mentioned being from Tampa Bay to the server and the chef came out to ask if I thought it tasted authentic. It did, but the one at my local Mom-n-Pop Cuban place is about $15 cheaper.
We had a decent Greasy spoon that did a good Cuban. Close enough to correct bread, thin sliced ham, thin sliced roast pork etc, but alas Hurricane Sally took them and they wont rebuild.
I would love to find another one.