Top 5 South Florida Sandwiches?
I'm on an ambitious gastronomic quest and would love a little guidance from some locals. You can help me by answering the following:
If you could only have five more sandwiches in the Miami area for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Please try to limit them to sandwiches that we could all purchase (i.e. not something that your grandmother makes once a year). Otherwise, you can be fairly liberal in what you decide to count as a sandwich - burger, taco... perhaps even a pork bun if you really feel strongly about it.
Feel free to give a bit of justification for your choices where appropriate.
Thanks in advance!
Sicilian SubRosa - My Market Deli, Fort Lauderdale - Prosciutto, mortadella, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, extra "want-mo sauce".
Jerusalem Mix - Sunrise Pita, Sunrise - Shawarma & chicken on lafa with all the fixings.
Roast Pork Bahn Mi - Saigon Cuisine, Margate
Bajamar fish burrito - Zona Fresca, Fort Lauderdale
Italian Sub - V&S Italian Deli, Boca Raton
I would also add another vote for the Tacos de Chicarrones at El Jefe Luchador and any sandwich on the menu at Talia's in Boca!
re: The Chowfather
Aren't they rather ubiquitous in south Florida, blackened, grilled, or fried, on a bun with LTO, maybe tartar sauce, splash of Cholula? I'm around Bradenton, so Cafe on the Beach on Anna Maria Island, Woody's River Roo in Ellenton, Rosie's Clam Shack in Pinellas Park, and Mid-Peninsula Seafood in St. Pete come to mind locally. I haven't lived in Broward County for years, but they gotta be on your side, too.
My understanding is that real Florida grouper is in short supply and quite expensive.
You're 10x more likely to see Mahi sandwich. Dolphin is plentiful and generally cheap.
In addition, I believe some govt agency recently tested something like 30 FL restaurants offering "grouper" and a huge number of them were actually something else, usually imported farm-raised mystery fish.
So unless you really know who's doing the buying, and unless the sandwich is in the area of $12-$15... I'd be very skeptical about what is or isn't a "grouper sandwich".
You are right on all counts. The grouper season is subject to periodic adjustments based on some brainiac's notion of when gulf grouper is approaching replenishment quantity, and seasons are curtailed. Two years ago there was a moratoriom on long line grouper fishing from Jan to Sept, but not because of a shortage, but rather because of turtles taking baited hooks and drowning. During that period, you really had to know somebody to get a grouper that was caught on rod and reel. That moratorium was lifted probably in sympathy to a languishing fishing industry after the Gulf oil spill.
A Tampa TV station did an investigative study on counterfeit grouper, and busted 9 out of 26 locations. Owners always play dumb and innocent and blame their supplier.
I can vouch for the authenticity of the grouper at the 4 restos I mentioned. Mid Peninsula Seafood has a good one for 9 bucks (great cracked conch, too), the others are 10-12.
I'll add one more great spot for a real grouper sandwich: Star Fish in the Village of Cortez.
off the top of my head-
Meatball hero @ Macaluso's Market
Cheese Steaks @ Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
Tuna salad @ Epicure Market (not the fat free one)
Shrimp Po-Boy @ Rumcake Factory
Pork Belly Cuban @ Tudor House
Crispy Duck @ Dim Ssam a go go truck
Pastrami @ Michael's Genuine
Seared Tuna w/ kimchi aioli @ Crumb on Parchment
Pate @ Le Sandwicherie
Salami provolone w/ toppings @ Le Sandwicherie
Lobster Roll @ Linda Bean
Hogfish @ Hogfish Bar (stock island)
I'm sure I'm missing some...
229 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136
Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
1857 NW 66th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024
1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
17190 Collins Ave Sunny Isles, Bch, FL
I dont include burgers and tacos as sandwiches-
agree on chopped pork @georgia pig
pastrami sandwich @mgfd
roast pork po boy @rumcake factory
fried shrimp @la camaronera
agree on pan con lechon @17th ave
lobster roll @joes
banh mi @chowdown
shawarma @pita plus
agree croquetta preparada anywhere
I just had the Pan con Lechon at PAPO LLEGO Y PON for lunch and it was truly amazing. Fresh cuban bread, succulent pieces of lechon mixed with crisp skin for texture, onions and picante. I almost took a second lunch break to get another one. Thanks Seminole Phil and Netmover for this recommendation!
Not really. He's got this school project going on and the question is a subterfuge. He got caught when he forgot to change the location from "Bay Area" to "Chicago" in his cut-and-paste of the otherwise identically-worded question when he posted on the Chicago board.
Michelangeo at Talia's Tuscan Table in Boca Raton.
Herb Chicken Cutlet, Eggplant, Mozzarella & Roasted Peppers on Toasted Ciabatta. http://www.taliastable.com/
Calypso Cutter at Calypso Restaurant in Pompano
Sautéed shrimp and mushrooms with fresh garlic butter, parsley and cheddar cheese stuffed into a warm hollowed out Kaiser roll.
Crispy pork belly taco at El Jefe Luchador in Deerfield Beach (this is an occasional special
)Tacos de Chicarrones - Crispy pork belly with ancho mango glaze, mango-cabbage slaw, avocado slice and fresco.
re: seminole phil
Mr. Gyro needs to crank up his AC and quit using fans to account for his 80 degree cost saving setting. I walk out of there sweating every time.
Not in Miami:
any hero sandwich from Talia's Tuscan Table in Boca
cheeseburger from Brass Ring in Lake Park or Grease Bar in WPB
pulled pork BBQ from Smokehouse in Boca
Chicago dog from HotDogOpolis in Boca
al pastor taco from Montezuma in WPB
re: seminole phil
Johns Hero King . Hallandale ( bread par baked in Brooklyn)
I fail to see the love affair with Primani's... only been to the one in Oakland park and Plantation. Pasty bread is pasty bread might as well eat @ Subway.
Naans Bakery....Davie A stretch calling them sandwiches but a couple of the chicken dishes qualify.
Lorenzo's market. NMB
Georgia PIg ... Chopped Pork butt Plantation.
Guiseppe’s Italian Sausage (Food truck)
re: seminole phil
Double Shack Burger - cooked rare - shake shack
Cheesesteak at the Alibi
Gyro at Keeses
Bulgogi Burger - Dim Ssam a Go Go (for some reason, I like it better there than at sakya)
McBelly - Pubbelly
As an aside, the panino and/or montadito served at pubbelly are both usually excellent. However, they rotate sandwich types as well as sandwich content regularly so are excluded from consideration in the top 5.
926 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139