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Looking for a Great Cuban Sandwich in FFD CTY CT

jfood Mar 27, 2010 04:09 PM

Hey all.

Sitting here with a mind numbing sinus infection and Bobby Flay's Throwdown comes on (WVa vs KY noit tipped yet). Tonight's dish is Cuban Sandwich. Oh how jfood longs for a great Cuban sandwich.

Are there any great ones in this area?



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    hungrykids RE: jfood Mar 27, 2010 05:07 PM

    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well, jfood. While I can't help with the Cuban sandwich, I can offer an alternative food remedy.

    Go grate some horseradish and add the vinegar. If the process of making it doesn't clear the sinuses, by tomorrow morning you'll be able to have some with breakfast and that will surely do the trick.

    I just finished making mine and I can assure you it cleared everything out!

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      vegas RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 07:00 AM

      Valencia (Norwalk)

      Uncles Deli (Darien)

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        jfood RE: vegas Mar 28, 2010 07:09 AM

        Wow, should have thought of Valencia's, never would have guessed Uncle's.

        Thanks, great ideas.


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          Scotty100 RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 09:20 AM

          Aux Delice in darien/cos cob/greenwich does a "cubano" that's ok in a pinch.

          Aux Delices Cafe
          1700 Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878

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            jfood RE: Scotty100 Mar 28, 2010 10:40 AM

            really? never would have guessed ponzak w a Cubano, plus not on the menu. Have you had it? Jfood has eaten other stuff, but never seen this.



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              Scotty100 RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 03:27 PM

              Yes, had it many times. At the Darien location. Under their hot pressed sandwiches menu. They use a kind of flatbread which is ok. It's not the most authentic cuban but is tasty enough for a quick lunch bite now and again.

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                jfood RE: Scotty100 Mar 28, 2010 03:40 PM

                flatbread? No roll? how can you serve a Cuban on flat bread and not a roll? probably no lettuce either. :-))

                Sorry buddy, jfood could not resist the bred v roll debate?

                Gotta meet for a burger some time.



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                  Scotty100 RE: jfood Mar 29, 2010 01:37 PM

                  Sure - would like you to try the Minetta Tavern burger in the city. Outstanding...

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                    jfood RE: Scotty100 Mar 29, 2010 01:52 PM

                    jfood has to say the site he just looked makes his mouth water. next trip to nyc for jfood is to cash in on mrs jfood's present to him "an eating tour of houston."


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                      Scotty100 RE: jfood Mar 29, 2010 05:06 PM

                      "An eating tour of houston"?

                      Here's a good article in this week's New York mag. on pat la frieda, master of meat and the man behind some of the best burgers in NYC. I've tried a lot of the ones listed...they are all great. Especially the spotted pig's and the minetta tavern...


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                        jfood RE: Scotty100 Mar 29, 2010 05:11 PM

                        Thanks S. Those look like some really fine burgers.

                        Sorta miss the 3 hours a day on the train. Nah, nope.

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                          jfood RE: Scotty100 Mar 30, 2010 11:12 AM

                          But Luger's buys their meat from Master Purveyors as heard on this video


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          scapegrace RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 01:48 PM

          Habana in Stamford has a decent one. it's not the best I've ever had, but it isn't bad either (although with a 'mind-numbing sinus infection' you probably won't be able to tell the difference).

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            jfood RE: scapegrace Mar 28, 2010 02:13 PM

            thanks S, will probably grab one post-drugs.

            have you been to the STM Habana since it opened. The one in SONO had some issues and jfood is hoping this one is better.


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              scapegrace RE: jfood Mar 28, 2010 02:50 PM

              We went for lunch in back in December and I thought it was decent. There were 6 of us, but nobody else was in the restaurant; I hope they survive.

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                jfood RE: scapegrace Mar 28, 2010 03:07 PM

                jfood hears you.

                So many restaurants, so little time.


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            DMW RE: jfood Mar 29, 2010 10:50 AM

            This is a bit late on the reply, and I haven't had their Cuban, but it is on the menu at Olive Market in Georgetown. I have had some of their soups - I thought the lentil was excellent!

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              ratbuddy RE: jfood Mar 30, 2010 07:55 AM

              Add Barcelona to the list. I've only had them up in West Hartford but it's a mighty fine Cuban. Get two if you're hungry, it's on the smaller side, but so worth it.

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                Builder3 RE: jfood Mar 30, 2010 09:13 AM

                Saw this review of Katie's Gourmet in Stamford. http://hungrytravels.com/2009/03/09/k... . It is not listed on the web site menu though.

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                  jfood RE: Builder3 Mar 30, 2010 10:14 AM

                  Thanks B. Interesting, they do not grilled the Cuban in the picture.


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                  Builder3 RE: jfood Mar 30, 2010 11:06 AM

                  I called Katie's Gourmet and it is not on the menu anymore. I was ready to run down there. Sorry.

                  1. jfood RE: jfood Apr 3, 2010 08:17 PM

                    jfood wanted to report back on his Cuban

                    Jfood went to Valencia today for a cuban. The menu describes it as Cuban - Roasted pork, tavern ham, proscuitto, swiss. Add to this pickle slices on a grilled hero roll.

                    Jfood thought it was pretty good, but not as good as he would have hoped. he would like a little more juiciness and pickle, the roasted pork is just dry to jfood's palate.

                    The green sauce was a great addition.

                    As he looked at everyone eating breakfast plates, these looked like a great place for a leisurely breakfast. Maybe next time.


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                      makko RE: jfood Apr 4, 2010 03:51 PM


                      this link give you the recipe for a Cuban sandwich the way they made it at Badias in Miami many years ago and is representative of a traditional Cuban sandwich.
                      BTW pan Cubano is AKA pan de agua. Union City is the closest source as far as I know.

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                        jfood RE: makko Apr 4, 2010 04:41 PM

                        great site and that sandwich is what jfood is looking for. Any ideas are much appreciated.


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