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May 6, 2014 06:53 AM

Cubanos - where are your favorites?

I've been dreaming of a good Cubano or medianoche since seeing a early screening of Chef...where are your favorites? I'm in NNJ but we may as well get a good list going, because once you see the movie (and you should--it's great fun) you'll want one too!

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  1. I haven't been in over a year but I did have a yummy cubano at lula's in Dumont.

    1. I'd like to preempt any rec's that may turn up for Ada's in Long Branch. I'm not bashing the place, although the service I received there a couple of weeks ago was less than warm & friendly, from others experiences there. I ordered a Cuban Sandwich, and while what I received was quite tasty, it was not a Cubano. It was very good, moist, garlicky roast pork pressed on a the correct type of roll, but instead of the listed Swiss cheese and pickles, it had melted yellow American, and sautéed green peppers, and onions. Tasty? Yes. Cuban sandwich? No.

      1. I like the Cubano at Latin Cuban Soul in Saddle Brook

        1. I recently had a good one at El Unico on Park Ave in Union City. It's a bit of a hole in the wall cafe/coffee shop type of joint, but the food was delicious.

          1. I remember La Pola having a very good Cubano on Palisades Ave in West NY, right around 54th street. They use a roasted fresh ham and a healthy dose of Mojo. I just picked up one at Havana Sandwich Queen, but it was not as good as I remembered. In the past. The sandwich always used to be spot on.

            La Isla in Hoboken and El Artesano have always done decent renditions. If you are willing to navigate across the river, Margon on 46th and Broadway makes an Excellent version and Cannibal on 29th between Park and Lex makes a terrific non traditional version with meat pulled from a slow roasted pig head. Lip smacking good. Best of Luck on your Cubano hunt!