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Any Sacramento chowhounds know of a pretty good cuban sandwich in our area? I don't know of a significant Cuban population in the area, so I don't know what my chances are of finding an authentic representation.

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  1. we went to sol cubano and it was very very good. couple had the sandwiches and although they looked different than some i've seen before i'm not sure which is authentic!
    everything was really good there

    1. I've been on the hunt for a local (Sacramento/Roseville area) source for cuban bread, but I've found a couple of places that have a cuban sandwich. Up in Roseville (and various Sacramento locations), BJ's restaurant and brewery has a "Cuban Burger", which is a well-intentioned attempt, although it falls short. The Cheesecake Factory at Arden Fair mall and Galleria mall have a cuban sandwich as well, and it's closer to being authentic, but still just a big-chain restaurant cranking out another sandwich. Celestine's in midtown has a great selection of 'authentic' dishes, including the cuban sandwich, and while I've eaten other fabulous things there (maduros, frijoles negros), I've never ordered the sandwich. I'm guessing it's going to be the closest thing. (regarding Sol Cubano referenced by toncasmo's reply, I've never been there, so that might be pretty good, too).

      My issue is that no one outside of Southern Florida appears to do a true 'medianoche' , which uses a different bread than a 'cuban sandwich' (although the general meat/cheese/pickle/mustard content is the same).

      Hope that helps...if you find a cuban sandwich you like, please keep us posted!

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      Sol Cubano
      5734 Watt Ave, North Highlands, CA 95660

      1. I know it's way out of the area you're asking about, but if anyone knowlegeable about these sandwiches happens to try the Cubano at Gennaro's in SLO I'd love to hear how they stack up. The one my wife and I shared was really good, but then it's the only one we've ever had. TIA

        1. I'll sell you one! It's one of my specialties. LOL, If can't get your fix Dos Coyotes has a quesadilla named Hal's Cubano that is pretty tasty. Sort of a riff (lose translation) on a Cubano,

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          DOS Coyote
          6450 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819

          1. There are two taco trucks on opposite sides of Sunrise Blvd. in Rancho Cordova south of White Rock Rd. The taco truck on the west side of Sunrise opposite Pick N Pull has huge delicious Cubano Style Tortas for $6. Well worth it for a loaded tasty sandwich that will definitely fill you up.

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            1. re: christopherrealtor

              Note that a Cubano torta (yes, they are huge) is a much different animal than a true Cuban sandwich.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                what exactly is a cuban torta?

                1. re: toncasmo

                  If you mean a CubanO torta, it will have ham, pierna (roast pork leg), cheese, and sometimes hot dogs or other sausage, plus garnishes such as avocado, lettuce, onions, tomato, and mayonnaise. I've never had a Cubano that includes the dill pickle of the Cuban sandwich nor the garlicky-orange dressing or Cuban bread.

            2. Lalo's restaurant on 24th St. has a good Cubano. It's huge, though....and can feed two hungry people.

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              1. re: oubliet

                I just found out The Bread Store on J st. sells one as well.