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Top 5 South Florida Sandwiches?

Hey all,

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!

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  1. 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.

    Go Go
    926 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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    1. re: tpigeon

      I agree with the McBelly at Pubbelly

      Although I have not had the shake shack in Miami just in NYC I think I preferred the Smokehouse Burger at 8 oz Burger Bar. There fries are just okay but that specific burger was delicious.

    2. sonnys steak hoagies hollywood
      primanti brothers ft laud and oakland park
      mr gyros plm bch gardens
      havana grille wst plm bch
      pan con lechon 2920 nw 17 ave miami

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      1. re: seminole phil

        I gotta try the pan con lechon. Thanks.

        1. re: tpigeon

          tpigeon the pan con lechon place aint open sundays and take out only, tamales are the best i ever had and we drive from loxahatchee for the sandwiches

          1. re: seminole phil

            thanks for the info. I did not go today.

            1. re: seminole phil

              They have seating in AC around the back at PAPO LLEGO Y PON...17TH AND 29TH St,.

              Pan con Lechon PAPO LLEGO Y PON
              Frita con Queso EL REY DE LAS FRITAS
              #90 with Cheese and a side of sauce SONNY'S STEAK HOGIES
              Turkey & Brie LA SANDWICHERIE
              Corqueta Preparada - Any good CUBAN JOINT

              1. re: netmover

                Eat the frita con queso at El Rey de las Fritas fifth because it may kill you.

          2. 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

            1. 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)

              1. re: Bigstu99

                that was Noors bakery which is Lebanese as opposed to Naans which is Jamaican ....

              2. re: seminole phil

                Thanks for the tip. I finally got a chance to go this week. It was awesome and so was the juice and tamale.

              3. 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.

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                1. re: CFByrne

                  Chicarrones were great at el jefe but my favorite was the Tacos De Bulgogi. I did not include it because as a special you can't get it every day.

                  1. re: tpigeon

                    tpigeon - were those Korean barbecue tacos pork or beef? I found this recipe on Chow for a related dish...


                    1. re: CFByrne

                      Tacos de Bulgogi: grilled Korean beef short rib/ kimchee/ soybean paste

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        TP, you try the Cuban @ Tudor House yet? It's great

                        1. re: The Chowfather

                          Have not been to tudor house. I plan on rectifying that oversight this weekend. Thanks for the tip on the cuban.

                2. Are you really going to eat sandwiches in L.A., Chicago, the bay area, London, and Miami ? As you have posted this same question on all these boards.

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                    1. re: sdv231

                      What are you . . . a detective?! The guy said he is on a gastronomic quest!

                      1. re: BigBonesBradley

                        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.

                        1. re: huiray

                          I see that now. Well, great detective work then! Gastronomic quest . . . can't believe I fell for the oldest trick in the book! The Fork took some heat on the Chicago board.

                            1. re: tpigeon

                              I agree. It is a good question and I don't see the issue, problem with him asking it in other cities. Maybe these are his top cities to travel to on vacation.

                    2. Prosciutto Pami from Happy Wine
                      Vegetarian with everything from La Sandwicherie
                      Pan con Minuta from La Camaronera
                      Arepa Moon Burger from La Moon
                      Pork Buns from Sakaya Kitchen

                      1. The warm tuna kimchee sandwich at Crumb and Parchment
                        BLT at gigi
                        More will come to me...

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                        1. re: lax2mia

                          I'm glad you mentioned Crumb on Parchment. I have some upcoming questions to ask about it for my next trip down to Miami.

                          I was wondering if any of the sandwiches were to die for. Maybe you've answered that question. :)

                        2. 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!

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                          1. re: SKhan

                            Funny, I just posted the same above. I agree wholehartedly (I actually did get 2 sandwiches for myself).

                          2. I dont include burgers and tacos as sandwiches-

                            top 5
                            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

                            1. 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...

                              Le Sandwicherie
                              229 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136

                              Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
                              1857 NW 66th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024

                              Macaluso's Restaurants
                              1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                              Epicure Markets
                              17190 Collins Ave Sunny Isles, Bch, FL

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                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                The Sausage, peppers. & onion on a Portuguese Muffin @ Proper Sausage (Miami Shores) is a must do.

                                You can choose the sausage. I'm a fan of The Dub which is spicy but The Romagna (Berkshire pork, fresh rosemary, fresh garlic, lemon zest, black pepper) pairs perfectly

                              2. 31 posts and not a single mention of a grouper sandwich in any form? Can I assume Florida's signature grouper sandwiches are the undisputed #1, and we are just talking about #2 and below?

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                                1. re: Veggo

                                  and where can we find this #1 grouper sandwich??

                                  1. 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.

                                  2. re: Veggo

                                    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".

                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                      some kind of catfish from Africa I think, the investigation led to the labeling change to grouper-style fish in wholesale departments.

                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        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.

                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                          Of course, an high price doesn't necessarilly means it's Grouper.

                                          More to the point, a very low price - compared to similar dishes at the same place - means it is probably NOT. Either that, or someone's not pricing right and they're problably going to go broke soon.

                                      2. Any updates to this post

                                        Prefer spots that are around no more than 20 min from the Broward area


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                                        1. re: Luvtooeat

                                          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!

                                        2. Café Malanga....US1...SW 124 Street in Miami.....Their sign out front says "Best Pork Sandwich"....and they're right!.....It's huge....loaded with savory pork.....and incredible bread.....Big enough for 2 average eaters......SENSATIONAL....


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                                          1. re: LargeLife

                                            Oriental Bakery on Coral Way has the best Shwarma in US! Ask for HOT sauce holy cow it's insane!

                                          2. ITALIAN BEEF AT HOT DOG HEAVEN ON SUNRISE BLVD AND ANDREWS AVE FT LAUD