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Cuban Sandwich

Hi,

i've only had one real cuban but it was in florida so i'm assuming compared to most new england standards it was pretty good! in any event i thought it was incredible and i'd love to find a place in the boston area that makes a good one. i'm not sure if they vary depending on who's making it so i can't really go into much more detail. what i can say is i did try the one at gaslight. although i liked the restaurant i wasn't a huge fan of their cuban but i'm not holding it against them b/c after all, its a french restaurant. i mean it was okay. but i'm looking for authentic here... nothing fancy. i heard there's a place in jamaica plain that makes a good one but i don't know the name of it. if anyone could help i'd really appreciate it. and if i could get a side of yucca it would be a huge plus!

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  1. Hi,

    The place your referring to is El Oriental De Cuba.

    Some recent threads:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457779
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422404

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    El Oriental De Cuba
    416 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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    1. re: mjg0725

      The great debate - I prefer El Oriental.
      We need to do a blind tasting.
      !

    2. Chez Henri in Cambridge

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      Chez Henri
      1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: kate used to be 50

        I second Chez Henri. You get it at their bar. It's fab.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          And I'll third that recommendation.

          1. re: joebelt

            I will fourth it enthusiastically, but also point out that as Cubanos go, it's pretty darn fancy. If you can wink at that, it won't do you wrong.

            In addition to El Oriental, the Plough and Stars (pub between Harvard and Central) serves an ostensibly good one, although I haven't tried it.

            1. re: finlero

              I've tried the Plough's cubano -- it's very good, but not as good as the best, at Chez Henri.

              But for the OP if your handle means you would object to spending over $10 for a cuban, then try the decent one down the street at Montrose Spa.

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              Montrose Spa
              1646 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

              1. re: yumyum

                I second the Montrose Spa. Very very tasty.

              2. re: finlero

                This post reminds me that I still need to try the veggie Cubano at Chez Henri. That sounds tasty on a snowy night!

                1. re: finlero

                  I'll fifth that. The Cubano at Chez Henri is perhaps my favorite specific dish in any restaurant in the Boston area (hooah--let the debates begin!).

                2. re: joebelt

                  I will fourth that recomendation.
                  I will drive all the way to Cambridge for one.

                  Also, St Alphnous Grill in South Boston has one. Have not tried it.

                  1. re: saltyair

                    There's only one thing I like better than a lobsta roll and that's the cubano from OREINTAL DE CUBA!

                  2. re: joebelt

                    I fourth, fifth and sixth that!!

              3. Some good one's I've had.....

                Cafe Miami on Tremont St in the South End
                South End Fromaggio's Cuban (lacks in authenticity, but it's still tasty)
                Hot Off the Press in Central Sq. Cambridge

                1. I've heard great things about the one at Chez Henri, but I haven't tried it. I had a good Cubano at Gaslight last weekend. The fries could have been better, but the sandwich was good.

                  1. I'm not a huge fan of cuban sandwiches, but I do love yucca and El Oriental de Cuba has fantastic fried yuca.