There is a restaurant on US1 and SW 124th Street (Pinecrest) called Malanga Cafe and their sign out front claims that they have the world's best Pan Con Lechon sandwich (pork sandwich). After passing that restaurant and looking at that sign at least 10,000 times, I decided to stop there last night and see what's up.
The place is somewhat small and quaint with all kinds of Cuban art and memoribilia on the walls. It has 6 flat screens and thought that was a little much. I was warmly greeted and promptly seated. I told my friendly server that the sign out front says "World's Best Pan con Lechon" and I was here to see if that's true and judge for myself.
It didn't take but just a few minutes before one of the most impressive sandwiches that I've ever seen was sitting right in front of me. It was an awesome sight! But looks can be deceiving so I hoisted that monster to my lips, opened wide and bit into what was an absolutely superior sandwich by any stretch of the imagination. The cuban bread was fresh with some measure of crunch. And the meat - - soft, moist, hot with sensational flavor. I must admit my expectations were high and I can honestly tell you that they were not only met but exceeded!
This is not a 'cuban cafeteria' but a very cozy and pleasant establishment. Not elegant but not a joint either and they have inside and outside accommodations. I saw some musical instruments and that leads me to believe they have some level of live entertainment. My sandwich and soda was $12 and change (plus tip) and worth every last penny!
The service was outstanding. The owner visited my table and it was a pleasure to speak with him as he has immense pride in his product and rightfully so. I didn't even look at their menu but there was a party of 10 or 12 in the restaurant at the same time and their dishes looked outstanding as well.
This is a can't-miss place! They even have a 'food truck' that's out and about as well. This was my first visit to Malanga Cafe and certainly won't be last!
Ft. Pierce, FL