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Cuban Sandwich

spicedish Feb 15, 2008 10:23 AM

Is there anywhere in the Mission or Mission adjacent to get a decent Cuban sandwich??


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: spicedish Feb 15, 2008 10:29 AM

    Frutilandia makes a cubano. Not as good as it was when Cubans ran the place but one of the closer attempts currently available.

    El Nuevo Frutilandia
    3077 24th St, San Francisco, CA

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      Kim Cooper RE: spicedish Feb 15, 2008 12:30 PM

      While we're on the subject -- are there any good places to get Cuban sandwiches around San Mateo area?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Kim Cooper Feb 15, 2008 12:35 PM

        Not much closer than SF, but Bodeguita del Medio in Palo Alto. Pretty good, though everything else I tried there was fusiony.

      2. Lori SF RE: spicedish Feb 15, 2008 01:15 PM

        I don't have much to compare to I have only had a cuban sandwich in NY but I think the Cuban sandwich at Delessio Market & Bakery on Broderick is quit good. Nice chunks of slow roasted pork, ham and good sauce, melted swiss and pickles on a crusty 8" roll. I like to take it home and reheat it too.

        1. Windy RE: spicedish Feb 15, 2008 05:57 PM

          I've become a big fan of Paladar on Kearny near Pine. Their Cuban sandwich is lighter than most--less greasy and thinner bread than you'd get at a Mexican torta shop.

          They have a deal on takeout that's $6.50 for half a huge sandwich with soup. The tostones look awfully good too.

          Also the cortadito is superb. Best Cuban coffee I've had outside Miami. (When I asked, they said the beans are Nicaraguan.)

          Paladar Cafe Cubano
          329 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Windy Feb 15, 2008 06:22 PM

            I think Paladar's is the best in town right now. Quite a schlep from the Mission.

            I still haven't tried the one at Habana in San Jose. The food at the dinner I had there was very traditional, but the Cubano's served at lunch only.

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              Windy RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 15, 2008 10:41 PM

              I don't know, 10 minutes on BART plus a 5-minute walk is worth it for a sandwich (and coffee) that good.

          2. spicedish RE: spicedish Feb 18, 2008 07:01 AM

            You guys are awesome! Paladar it is!! Thanks!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: spicedish Feb 18, 2008 09:01 AM

              Note Paladar's funny hours: 10am-3pm weekdays only.

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              chemchef RE: spicedish Feb 18, 2008 07:11 AM

              Anywhere in the EB?

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                nerdigrrl RE: chemchef Feb 19, 2008 09:25 AM

                Havana in Alameda (or Walnut Creek) is good. I like it better than Hobnob's (Alameda) version.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: nerdigrrl Feb 19, 2008 09:40 AM

                  Note that Havana is more Cuban-themed than Cuban, lots of pan-Latin fusion and generic Cal-cuisine dishes on the menu.

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                Calvinist RE: spicedish Feb 19, 2008 03:28 PM

                I was walking by Mr Pollo yesterday and the owner told me he was introducing Cuban Sandwich type tortas to go with his Columbian chicken items.

                2823 Mission St
                (between 24th St & 25th St)
                San Francisco, CA 94110

                Mr. Pollo
                2823 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: spicedish Mar 31, 2008 07:35 AM

                  Tried Sol Food's Cubano. I wish they'd mentioned the mustard on the menu so I could have told them to hold it. A little can be OK but this was way too much.

                  Ham, cheese, and pickles were about right, but there was too much roast pork and it didn't have much flavor. Bread was pretty good (better than Paladar's) but not toasted enough. Big enough to split, which is a good thing considering they charge $9.

                  Tostones were good.

                  Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
                  732 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

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                    Mick Ruthven RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2008 10:27 AM

                    >Tried Sol Food's Cubano. I wish they'd mentioned the mustard on the menu so I could have told them to hold it. A little can be OK but this was way too much.<

                    They do that and it's been noted here. I've asked them to go light on the mustard and it has worked. I like that sandwich, especially dipped in their pique (liquid hot sauce).

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