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Looking for a Great Cuban Sandwich in FFD CTY CT

  • jfood Mar 27, 2010 04:09 PM
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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?

TIA

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  1. 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!

    1. Valencia (Norwalk)

      Uncles Deli (Darien)

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      1. re: vegas

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

        Thanks, great ideas.

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        1. re: jfood

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

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          Aux Delices Cafe
          1700 Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878

          1. re: Scotty100

            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.

            TIA

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            1. re: jfood

              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.

              1. re: Scotty100

                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.

                Ciao

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                1. re: jfood

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

                  1. re: Scotty100

                    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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                    1. re: jfood

                      "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...

                      http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...

                      1. re: Scotty100

                        Thanks S. Those look like some really fine burgers.

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

                        1. re: Scotty100

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

                          http://masterpurveyors.com/video/

        2. 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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          1. re: scapegrace

            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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            1. re: jfood

              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.

              1. re: scapegrace

                jfood hears you.

                So many restaurants, so little time.

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          2. 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!

            1. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Builder3

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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: jfood

                      FYI
                      http://icuban.com/food/cuban_sandwich...

                      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.

                      1. re: makko

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

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