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Mar 2, 2009 08:23 PM

Cuban sandwich

Where can I find a cuban sandwich like the kind served in Miami?
with the greasy pressed cuban bread--
looks like this...


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  1. The bread is the problem around here. This is the closest rendition i've found bread-wise.

    1. I saw an Cuban sandwich advertised at El Indio in Hayward. It has both a taco truck and brick and mortar store on the same lot. Didn't order it. I wouldn't hold out huge hope but someone might want to try it. The tacos were good however, not mind blowing but certainly if you're in the area worth a stop.

      El Indio
      22221 Hathaway Ave, Hayward, CA 94541

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      1. re: ML8000

        Was that a Cuban sandwich or a torta cubana (mexican style cuban sandwich)?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          That's an important distinction, because from what I've heard, the Mexican "torta cubana" is basically a Mexican torta stuffed with every kind of meat imaginable, very different from the Cuban sandwich.

          The many Cuban sandwich threads on this board (which I always check out when they pop up) seem to conclude that nobody in the bay area makes an authentic Cubano like those in NYC and Miami - probably because the local Cuban population is so small - but I think there are a few that seem close enough to me, like the one at Paladar in downtown SF.

          1. re: Agent 510

            No, not every kind of meat, usually roast leg of pork, ham, chorizo, and, if you're lucky, some sliced hot dogs, plus the avocado, cheese (some times two or three kinds), crema, mayonesa, lettuce, tomato, onions, chili peppers. Torta cubana tends to be the most expensive torta combo on the menu, when available, which is understandable.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              My bad, I oversimplified. That combo does sound like a bit much though. The sliced hot dogs push it into "for eating challenges only" territory for me.

              1. re: Agent 510

                Forgot to mention that carnitas are in there too sometimes. It's a pork fest.

            2. re: Agent 510

              Paladar's food is excellent, including their Cuban sandwich.

            3. re: Melanie Wong

              Could well be a torta Cubana...which I read as Cuban sandwich in translation.

              For what it's worth, Atlas cafe sells a Cuban Sandwich, pressed w/ roast pork, ham and swiss cheese, at least they did last year. I did not order but a friend did. They liked it but no comments on authentic or not.

              Atlas Cafe
              3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA

          2. That is a good looking sandwich. What is in it? I've never had one.

            1. Cha Cha Cha on Haight almost always has a special on their menu called a Cubano Sandwich. Roasted pork, Ham, cheese and pickle.

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              1. re: patcox

                What type of bread does ChaCC use?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  It's not a soft bread like the one in your photo. It more like a panini with crispy grilled bread. Good luck on your quest to find an authenic Cuban sando!

                  1. re: patcox

                    The secret to true Cuban bread is the use of lard in the mix...

                    1. re: Fog City Kid

                      Hmmm ... where do Maccanese restaurants get their lard rolls?

              2. When I tried Paladar's, they were using crunchy baguettes, which were seriously wrong. Have they switched to something else? Otherwise it was classic.

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