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Cuban Sandwich

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David Jones Sep 13, 2001 10:41 AM

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.

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    Dave Jones Oct 5, 2001 12:48 PM

    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.

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      Adam Sep 25, 2001 05:52 PM

      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.

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        Michelle Sep 15, 2001 03:39 PM

        The best Cuban sandwich in the area is at the Cuban Corner in Rockville. It's a small place with photos of famous Cuban Americas all over the walls.

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          megan Oct 18, 2001 07:09 PM

          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.

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          Jim Zurer Sep 15, 2001 08:33 AM

          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).

          Jim Zurer
          Washington DC

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