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Mar 30, 2001 01:01 PM

Cuban Sandwich/Vietnamese Sandwich

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A visit to Southern Florida piqued my interest in Cuban food- Fell in love with the Cuban Sandwich. Up North here- have eaten one at El Oriental and the Miami in JP. The latter is better all around- freshness, quality, service, atmosphere etc.

I heard that Cafe Pamplona [sp?] in Cambridge/Harvard Sq. serves one. Is this so? Their hours are erratic so it has been tough for me to hit them when they are open.

Any other suggestions as where to find this mini feast? I adore this meal- I even purchased a Cuban Sandwich Press so I can have them at home!

Additionally, I love the Banh Mi which I get in Chinatown- at Banh Mi and at a Vietnamese Grocery Store- forget name.

Has anyone had this sandwich anywhere else around Boston/Cambridge?


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  1. The Montrose Spa on Mass Ave. serves up a really good cubano. It's essentially a neighborhood convenience store -- and not at all the kind of place one would expect to find a good sandwich. Don't let the setting or the help sway your resolve.

    The Phoenix wrote them up a few years ago, and the review included the all-time classic line, "You will need a nap afterward." The article is linked here.

    I understand that there was a cuban sandwich contest at Chez Henri a few years ago, and evidently the Montrose won the title. I think that Chez Henri also offers cubanos on their bar menu, though I haven't tried them.


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    1. re: Gabe Handel

      The Cubanos at Chez Henri are very good and are still available. Great tip on Montrose, I'll give it a try!

      1. re: Joel

        I wasn't that impressed with the Montrose Cubano. Expensive ($5), and they use deli meat, instead of real roasted chicken/pork.

        1. re: JJ

          The Montrose Spa and Chez Henri are in my neighborhood. I just heard as well, from a Cuban pal that the sandwiches at Chez Henri are good.

          I checked out Cafe Pamplona in Harvard Square. What they call Cuban Sandwiches are pathetic- a tiny oval roll with way too much melted cheese and a piece of cold cut ham. For 3.95! Ugh!

          BTW- The Vietnamese store serves a better sandwich than banh mi. It is on Beach street on a corner. $2-


          1. re: Miiki

            The Plough and Stars on Mass Ave in cambridge occasionaly has a very tasty Cuban sandwich on thier lunch menu.


      2. re: Gabe Handel
        Seth Ditchik

        Just had a cubano from Montrose; it was okay, but certainly not "the best cuban sandwich in Boston". Too dry, for starters. The cuban at Chez Henri is better; than again, it costs twice as much.

      3. i'm a chef from the boston area, currently living down south. A good friend of mine is the chef at chez henri, and i must say they make the best cuban sandwich around. of course i'm a little jaded in my opinion, but whenever i'm in town i eat at least 3 on my trip. try 'em out they're great.

        1. i have had a cuban sandwich at the bar side of chez henri in cambridge. very good and also the melrose spa on mass ave in cambridge makes a great one too.

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            shafon kimthong

            I'm interested in making vietnamese sandwich for my cafe shop but I dont know all the ingrediants in the vietnamese sandwich. Please whomever knows the full ingreidents please email me a.s.a.p. I would be truely grateful. Thanks a billion.

            Bicka Kimthong

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