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Cubano Sandwich in DC NoVA Area?

wristband Mar 4, 2011 06:15 AM

Would a Chounder please recommend where I can obtain an excellent one? I am in desparate need of such a antidote to my hunger pangs. And, no, Subway's version does not merit mention.

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    mdfoodlover RE: wristband Mar 4, 2011 06:35 AM

    I had a decent one at Clyde's Tower Oaks location in Rockville just last week.

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      VirginiaPepper RE: wristband Mar 4, 2011 06:55 AM

      Fast Gourmet, 14th & W, NW

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        woodleyparkhound RE: VirginiaPepper Mar 4, 2011 07:04 AM

        I second Fast Gourmet - best Cuban sandwich I've ever had (and I've had them in Miami and in Cuba). They roast their own pork for hours and it tastes like it. Great sandwich and mediocre fries for about $8.50.

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          hamster RE: VirginiaPepper Mar 4, 2011 07:39 AM

          Yes!!! I actually tried another neighborhood cubano last weekend - there's this relatively newish wine shop on 18th Street in Adams Morgan, and they have a charcuterie/cheese counter and sell a couple sandwiches. It was good, and they clearly use good ingredients and make your sandwich fresh, but it was definitely not as good (or as big) as Fast Gourmet's - particularly the roast pork component.

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            marcj RE: hamster Mar 4, 2011 01:23 PM

            I'll be the nth to sign on to Fast's Cubano, but I'm also curious--hamster, where's this shop you're talking about? Is it A & M? If so, I didn't know that they had a Cubano.

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              hamster RE: marcj Mar 4, 2011 07:26 PM

              Yep, that's the place. I went last Saturday and they had a cubano, along with a couple other sandwiches on the menu.

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                marcj RE: hamster Mar 5, 2011 04:42 PM

                Good to know. I had a nice salami-based sandwich there a while back--maybe on election day 2010?--but hadn't been there since, and didn't remember seeing a cubano on the menu.

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            SandyCat RE: VirginiaPepper Mar 4, 2011 08:24 AM

            Thirded, and I actually rather like the fries.

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              ashleyrar RE: VirginiaPepper Mar 4, 2011 10:14 AM

              fourth! fast gourmet is fantastic! my only quip was i wanted more pickles. The pork was very impressive!

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                sekelmaan RE: VirginiaPepper Mar 4, 2011 01:19 PM

                Fifith. This is the best cubano I have had since I left NYC. It is an excellent version with juicy roasted and pulled pork. He marinates it for hours and then cooks it for 4 hours or more. It really is succulent. No dry sliced pork grossness at all.

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                pamd RE: wristband Mar 4, 2011 10:38 AM

                Banana Cafe http://www.bananacafedc.com/

                Also, the Puerto Rican Piononos and Carnitas are delicious!!

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                  Steve RE: wristband Mar 4, 2011 03:46 PM

                  The Cubano at Breadline is an excellent one. Thursday lunch only. Though I've seen the one at Fast Gourmet pass before my eyes and I was jealous.

                  1. ktmoomau RE: wristband Mar 7, 2011 10:46 AM

                    I would add Caribbean Grill on Lee Hwy in Arlington to the list of places with acceptable versions. I also like Earl's for a bit of a non-traditional, but good approach.

                    The Caribbean Grill
                    5183 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

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                      Dennis S RE: ktmoomau Mar 7, 2011 11:30 AM

                      What's wrong with this site, I can't find the Like button.

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                      Gleason RE: wristband Mar 11, 2011 05:58 PM

                      I actually had a very good Cuban sandwich at the Blue Iguana in Fairlakes. It was better than the one you can get at the Caribbean Grill in Arlington.

                      The Caribbean Grill
                      5183 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

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