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Cuban sandwich between Marathon Key and MIA: Help!

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alsky May 16, 2009 01:00 PM

Hi Chowhounds!
Tomorrow we will be leaving Marathon Key to drive to Miami to fly home. We just realized we haven't had any cuban food since we've been in the keys (haven't been to key west). We are hoping to get some tomorrow before heading home, if possible--especially because Miami is supposed to have the greatest cuban food! Problem is we know nothing about how to get around Miami! Could you possibly recommend a place that we could get a good cuban sandwich between Marathon and Miami (airport) for lunch? We'd like something that is on the way (or not too far off of our route). Thanks so much!!!

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    Nick RE: alsky May 16, 2009 06:08 PM

    There's Denny's Cafe in Key Largo (not the same as the home of the Grand Slam, I promise). They're at 99600 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. Phone: (305) 451-3665. I must admit I usually just stop there for coffee, which is quite good, but the food always looks good as well.

    There's also La Caretta, a Cuban cafeteria, IN MIA. It's not spectacular, but I've always thought it much better than a lot of other airport food I've had around the U.S.

    I think Versailles gets recommended a lot on this board, and that isn't too far from MIA either.

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      LargeLife RE: Nick May 17, 2009 06:25 AM

      Great reply, Nick! As soon as I saw this post that's the first place that popped in my mind. Their home-made O.J. is a treat also. Denny's isn't fancy but their food is authentic. We ALWAYS stop there on the way to Islamorada to pick up sandwiches for our fishing trips with Capt.Skip Bradeen aboard the Blue Chip Too.

      EMac

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        tiomano RE: LargeLife May 18, 2009 04:25 PM

        From when I lived in Key Largo, Denny's was the best place to go for Cuban in the upper keys.

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      alsky RE: alsky May 18, 2009 12:28 PM

      Thank you so much for the excellent advice! We stopped at Denny's and had cuban sandwiches, black beans, and plaintains, and it was exactly what we were looking for! All of it was very good! I very much appreciate the reply to my post, thanks again!

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        phneale RE: alsky May 18, 2009 12:44 PM

        I would go with Versailles. SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) and about 34th Avenue. Not only for the Cuban sandwich and mariquitas (fried plantain chips) but for the atmosphere. Try it next time you are in the area.

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