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moh Apr 9, 2009 01:10 PM

Well I don't know how I never went to this place, and I still haven't been, but the Lomita sandwich from Barros Luco is really delicious! A friend brought by this delectable little sandwich for lunch today, and for $5, I have to say this is a winner.

Shredded bits of pork, seasoned in spices, with tomato, avocado, and mayonnaise on a thin flat bun, accompanied by a spicy sauce for added kick. Very yummy! I am not usually a sandwich enthusiast, but this one really made an impression. Boy I really love pork.

I will have to make a visit soon.

Barros Lucos is at the corner of St. Urbain and Fairmount.

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    sir_jiffy Apr 14, 2009 07:51 PM

    Just back from a couple of weeks in Chile. You often encounter Lomitos (thinly sliced roast pork), Churrascos (thinly sliced griddled beef) in diners. Garnished with tomato, avocado and a BIG dose of mayonnaise, they are called 'Completos'. Also offered hot dog style...Messy...but oh so good...After a dozen napkins and a few dirty looks, you finally understand that you're supposed to eat them with fork and knife.

    Barros Luco would be the same griddled beef, with melted cheese.

    Olive's cuban OTOH, best sandwich in town, even if the chipotle mayonnaise is a little departure from the classic cubano.

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      bigfellow Apr 11, 2009 03:17 PM

      I went to Barros Luco today. The sandwich was very good, not roll on the floor great. But still very good.
      I would go again. ( and again and again...you get the idea)

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        moh Apr 12, 2009 05:22 AM

        Hey Bigfellow, since you have had more experience with Cuban sandwiches than I, perhaps you could comment on the differences you found? Should we be calling this a Chilean sandwich instead? Am I misleading people by referring to it as a Cuban style sandwich?

        Everyone, please feel free to add in your 2 cents. There is so much bastardization of terms, some clarity would be greatly appreciated!

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          kpzoo Apr 12, 2009 07:09 AM

          Moh, have you ever had a "ropa vieja" ("old clothes") Cuban sandwich? I wonder if you can get this in Montreal. I used to have it back when I had reason to be in Miami a fair amount (and back when I ate beef!) - the filling is long-braised shredded beef in a tomato sauce, served on a roll. (You can also get it in a non-sandwich version.) That used to be my favourite Miami lunch. Wonder if this is something that can be found here - if so, I highly recommend you try it!

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ropa_vieja

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            bigfellow Apr 12, 2009 07:14 AM

            This was a variation on a theme. Cuban sandwiches have a submarine-style layering of ham, roast pork, cheese, and pickle between a sliced length of Cuban bread. The key to a great, versus a good, Cuban Sandwich lies in the grilling. A great Cuban sandwich is grilled in a sandwich press (called a plancha) until the ham, pork, and pickles have warmed in their own steam. These sandwiches use no mayonnaise, lettuce, onions, bell peppers, or tomatoes; however, butter and mustard are optional. Cuban sandwiches are sold hot (pressed) or cold (room temperature).

             
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              moh Apr 12, 2009 09:19 AM

              Thanks Bigfellow! I think this is why I called it a Cuban style sandwich as opposed to a Cuban sandwich. I wasn't sure if it was a real Cuban sandwich. It is always fun to learn more about different food.

              Kpzoo, I love ropa vieja, but I have never had a sandwich! I bet it would be great!

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                bigfellow Apr 12, 2009 10:26 AM

                I've had more cuban sandwiches in Florida, than I ever had in Cuba. Go figure.

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                  tartetatin Apr 12, 2009 10:50 AM

                  I am in Wakefield Quebec and there is a great cuban sandwich in the village at the general store. It is just like you described bigfellow - sliced meats, cheese, dill pickle and a mayo type sauce. The cuban sandwich here is served on a 1/3 of a baguette (the general store owns the boulangerie too!) and it always served cold (no press). yummy.

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                    moh Apr 12, 2009 10:55 AM

                    This is not surprising to me. The Cuban ex-pat community is huge in Florida, and they are much more prosperous than Cubans in their homeland.

                    We have tried to find really good chow in Cuba, and it is really hard work. Unfortunately, Cuba is still in subsistence cooking mode for the most part. They don't have the network of food purveyors, products, and base of wealthy customers to really support an extensive food scene. I suspect all the embargoes don't help. Food beyond the level of subsistence is truly a luxury that we often take for granted.

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            chilipepper Apr 10, 2009 11:54 PM

            Oooooh, they are good, I agree, and the steak and fried egg ones yummy too.
            Empanadas delish, tambien.
            And yes it is indeed Chilean.

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              emerilcantcook Apr 9, 2009 09:57 PM

              Another tip. (or semi-tip)

              I haven't tried it meself, but someone was raving about the Cuban at Chipotle&Jalapeno. I know it is a Mexican resto, but judging by their other "tortas", I am intrigued to try it. I just need to find an excuse to find myself in the hood.

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                bigfellow Apr 9, 2009 03:11 PM

                I spoke with a friend named Jesus...(not the Christ). Who I thought was Columbian, but turns out to be a Cuban. I asked him about cuban sandwiches in Montreal. He suggested a place at Beaubien & St Denis on the west side. It is a cuban coffee shop. They make the sandwiches.

                I am going to try your place this weekend and his next week.

                Thanks again Moh!

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                  mainsqueeze Apr 9, 2009 04:27 PM

                  What is this place called?

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                    SnackHappy Apr 9, 2009 09:12 PM

                    I'll take a wild guess and say it must be Cafe Cubano.

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                      SnackHappy Apr 14, 2009 06:01 AM

                      We were feeling a bit peckish after a few hours of shopping on the Plaza so we decided it was the perfect excuse to check out the Cuban sandwich at Cafe Cubano.

                      Well, the first thing we learned when we got there is that they don't have a Cuban sandwich at Cafe Cubano and they never had one. "Like in Miami?" our waitress asked, "No, we don't have that." The waitress did tell us that they will soon have a new chef and will be adding items to the menu. It wasn't clear whether the sandwich Cubano would be one of those.

                      We did, however, order and app of arepa con ropa vieja and if this dish is anything to go by, I think we will be heading back there very soon.

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                  bigfellow Apr 9, 2009 01:17 PM

                  Thank you so much. I didn't think that you could get a cuban sandwich in Montreal.

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                    moh Apr 9, 2009 01:24 PM

                    Well, I will admit, I am not an expert on Cuban sandwiches, and I do hope this one won't disappoint you! This is similar to Cuban style sandwiches I've had in other cities. But Barros Lucos is technically a Peruvian joint, so perhaps I am leading you astray by calling it a Cuban sandwich.

                    Still, for $5, it is a lovely thing...

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                      stak Apr 9, 2009 04:59 PM

                      Olive & Gourmando has a yummy Cuban sandwich...I think it has ham and turkey? Or maybe roast pork? And pickles, and some kind of mayo-based sauce. Doesn't really sound like the one you had, though.

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                        SnackHappy Apr 9, 2009 09:17 PM

                        I'm pretty sure Barros Luco is a Chilean restaurant since a lot of the stuff they serve including the namesake sandwich are Chilean specialities. I do however recommend it highly and suggest trying the completo next time you feel like getting your hot-dog on.

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                          moh Apr 10, 2009 05:16 AM

                          Thanks for the clarification SnackHappy! I am so going to try the completo when I finally get there!

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                          everyonelovessushi Apr 10, 2009 09:32 PM

                          The Lomita is tasty, but for 5 bucks I expect not to be still hungry afterwards. A bit thin all the way round. Could easily have a bit more between the bread for the price.

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                            moh Apr 11, 2009 05:57 AM

                            Very true, the sandwich is not that big. It should be rounded out with fries or salad or something to make it a meal. Or do what we did: finish off with a Cocoa Locale cupcake! I felt pretty good after!

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