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Oct 4, 2007 12:54 PM

Craving Cuban Sandwich

Who has the best? There are lots of them around that are just ok, (and lots that aren't even that), but where's the one to rival the glories of what can be found almost anywhere in Miami?

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  1. HI bagdoodle,
    I will always suggest PORTO"S on Brand Blvd. in Glendale
    -also on Magnolia/Hollywood Way in Burbank.
    I've spent much much much time in Miami, and in the Keys (I was a kayak guide/instructor), and the only Cuban Sand I really loved was at David's on Lincoln road...I think it was their potato balls and cafe con leche that really won me over-oh, and the great breakfasts.
    PORTOS will always be my favorite...but remember, to each his/her own...some people prefer a different style of all kinds of things, it doesn't mean that one is realistically better than the other...everyone has a taste all their own.Let me know what you think...don't forget to get a guava cheese danish...the only place I've found a better guava/cheesee danish was at one of the last cuban stands you hit in Key Largo as you're driving south...I can never remember the name...their coffee was too bitter though and their potato balls were too greasy...good breakfast though.

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    1. re: tatertotsrock

      david's has moved away from lincoln to somewhere on collins, fyi

    2. Thank you tatertotsrock. I'll try it next week!

      1. Portos didn't knock my socks off, but when you're in OC, try the Cuban sandwich at De Simone's on Edinger @ GoldenWest. Great Italian deli/sub shop, and I thought theirs was tastier than Portos (but don't miss those guava-cream cheese danish-like pastries at Portos - they're really good).

        1. Not a fan of Porto's version although I do like Porto's in general.

          The best I've found to date is at Café Tropical in Silverlake.
          2900 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

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          1. re: vinosnob

            Tropical is really good, ask them to make the bread extra crispy and you will be in heaven, IMHO.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I lived in Miami for over 20 years and cafe tropical blew chunks when i had it. Only place that has passable cubano is Portos in my opinion. wish there was more than that. Also I would kill for good cafe con leche....

          2. Definitely Porto's, but other places are Milk on Beverly and the Cuban sandwich place in El Segundo.

            7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Porto's Bakery
            315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

            Havana Sandwich Co
            229 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245