I've been searching for a good Cuban sandwich, since the closing of Antonio's on D St. between 6th and 7th.
I very much miss my "media noche" fix. I've tried several sandwiches since, notably those served by Havanna Breeze, but they don't measuure up.
Good news on the cuban sandwich front! I've just eaten a sandwich from Cubano's in Silver Spring. A bit dry by my tastes, but good roast pork. I can't begin to stress how important that is. Most of the problems around here are problems of bland roast pork. I hope to try them for dinner soon.
the cuban sandwich at Havana Breeze may not be so special, but the pork sandwich - pork with spicy jerk sauce, grated carrot, and tomato, on crusty bread - is delicious.
the black bean and chorizo soup is inconsistent, but when it's on, it is excellent.
skip the empanadas and burritos.
My boyfriend is a Tampa Cuban and a cuban sandwich connoisseur. There are only two places where he'll order one: Cuban Corner and the Cuban restaurant in Arlington at Clarendon (can't seem to remember the name...). The bread still isn't quite right, but these are the best we've found.
Even so, if you're a purist, be sure to ask for them without mayonnaise, tomatoe and lettuce, because a lot of places miguidedly add these even when they press the sandwich.
Ah...Antonio's. I worked next door during the 1970s and spent many lunch hours with his Cuban sandwiches, meatball subs, and daily specials. It was the epitome of a neighborhood place--a real community.
The Cuban sandwich at the Bread Line (Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th and 18th)--while not traditional--is mighty tasty (also pricey).