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Cuban sammich?

Where can one get a real Cuban in the Bay Area?

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  1. Not sure about "real" - I've not been to Cuba, and only went throught the airport in Miami....but I had one last week at Myth Cafe and it was bery bery good.
    Also had good one in the past at Acme steak house.
    Now I want one.....

    1. Places you might try:

      Laurel's (Cuban-owned)

      Los Flamingos (part-Cuban family, Mexican & Cuban dishes on menu)

      El Nuevo Fruitilandia (started by Cubans, sold to Puerto Ricans)

      La Taza de Cafe, Oakland (Cuban-owned) http://www.latazadecafe.com

      1. Not authentic but Delessio has a great one...
        Lo Cubano in Laurel Village is yummy. :-)

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        1. re: mrsricho

          DeLessio's is good.

          Lo Cubano I found very annoying. It's a prototype for a corporate chain, sort of like a cross between Starbuck's and Chipotle.

        2. My Cubano (husband, not the sandwich) has probably never eaten the kind of cubanos that you get in Miami. But he really loves the cubaniche sandwich at 900 Grayson in Berkeley (7th or maybe itis 6th there and Grayson). He loves it.

          We love the restaurant in general. Only open for breakfast and lunch now, but I think dinner will be served soon. Don't miss the herb fries. Everything we have had there has been superb.

          1. I really like the Cubano at Sol Food is downtown San Rafael (corner of 4th & Lincoln), a tiny place with great atmosphere and good, interesting Puerto Rican food (and the Cubano). I saved this from an earlier posting: "I and many others consider Sol Food in San Rafael to be the best Cubano sandwich ever!"

            1. I like the Cubano at Sol Food, too. Does anyone know anything about the Mambo Cafe opening down the street from Sol? It says "Cuban and Puerto Rican food"

              1. I haven't tried any of the above places, but I have been to La Bodeguita (http://www.labodeguita.com/) in Palo Alto and loved their Cubanos. I've had many a real Cubano in New York and Miami both and theirs is pretty authentic.

                Real Cubanos are not to be had in Cuba, BTW. They are a Miami invention.

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                1. re: JoyM

                  Oh yeah, I forgot. Nothing else I'd order again but the Cubano was excellent, the best I've had since Fruitlandia changed hands.


                  The term "Cubano" may have arisen in Miami, but there were medianoche sandwiches in Havana long before the revolution.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Is the rest of their food really bad? It seems odd that their Cubano is so good and the rest so bad. I'm asking because I'll probably go there soon with someone else and am wondering if I need to say "only order the Cubano".

                    1. re: Mick Ruthven

                      The other food wasn't bad, it was just fusiony and silly: empanadas with coconut-roasted jalapeƱo sauce, yuca and plantain chips with black bean salsa, plantain crusted goat cheese salad ...


                2. Downtown, they have them at Birley's sandwiches in Embarcadero 4.

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                  1. re: Maya

                    Birley's is not traditional: it includes carnitas and tomato.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      While the term "carnitas" may not be appropriate, that type of braised/roasted in lard pork is traditional to some styles of Cuban sandwiches instead of sliced loin.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        It's the tomato that's the kicker. I suppose substituting carnitas for roast pork is acceptable, since to Cubans they're both puerco asado.

                  2. Has anyone had the Cubano (or "Cubanesque" . . . ggg) sandwich at Bay Cafe in San Rafael? Here's Leslie Harlib's review -

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                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      "Roasted garlic and artichoke spread" definitely takes it out of real Cuban territory.