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Old 08-24-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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The venerable Cuban sandwich......what can I say?? My family was in the restaurant business here in Tampa, from the 40's forward, and we estimated that during that time the family sold about 800,000 Cuban sandwiches. One year I was on the judges panel for the Friday Extra way back when there was a yearly contest for the best Cuban sold in restaurants, and there was much discussion about salami and whether or not it was appropriate in the sandwich. There was unanamous agreement that it was authentic and necessary......at least for a Tampa-made Cuban! And it has to be Genoa salami. Also, for the best sandwich the pork should be roasted on premises.

There is a foodie site called Chowhound that I recommend to anyone interested in Cuban sandwiches (and any food in Tampa Bay for that matter) and you will find much written there. One of the contributors to Chowhound locally is Andy Huse from USF and he really knows his stuff.

Now I'm hungry for a Cuban.......see what you've done!?!?! Just kidding of course.....
mmmmmmm.... tonynorie, you are making me soooo hungry! For a Cuban sammitch! My family was in the restaurant business for years too - and I totally agree with the ingredients you mention. And speaking of that roast pork, it's got to be marinated with that special mojo - boy, I could use some of that right now, too!

And I LOVE reading Chowhound! Great site for foodies!
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Mesa
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has anyone tried harrys b-b-que on 41? ...I've never made it there, but its always buzzing.

If you're talking about Hungry Harry's on Hwy 41/Land O Lakes Blvd, just north of Hwy 54, it's very good. Not much to look at inside, but great smoked bbq.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Dunedin, FL
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Eli's BBQ in Dunedin, hands down best bbq/ Only open Friday & Saturdays and the lines are long but it is so worth it
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Old 08-25-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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mmmmmmm.... tonynorie, you are making me soooo hungry! For a Cuban sammitch! My family was in the restaurant business for years too - and I totally agree with the ingredients you mention. And speaking of that roast pork, it's got to be marinated with that special mojo - boy, I could use some of that right now, too!

And I LOVE reading Chowhound! Great site for foodies!
Gypsychic.........Bingo!!!! Of course you're absolutely right about the pork marinating in mojo before roasting! The flavor just permeates the meat and then brings all of that flavor to the sandwich....yum, yum!

Andy Huse interviewed me 3 weeks ago for a book he's writing and he took me to a north Tampa restaurant.....he knew every item on the menu and EVERY INGREDIENT IN ALL OF THE DISHES......this is a guy who really know his food. He often contributes to Chowhound too.

Good to meet another Tampan and especially someone with a background in restaurants......
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`. ><((((>.`><((((>
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A good place to get a cuban sandwich is Florida Bakery, next to Arco Iris on Columbus Drive. Like TampaGuy says, get the ingredients at Publix and make it yourself. No Salami for me, although I see in Tampa they are often made with it.
If you want to have a truly unique cuban go to Cafe Kolao in 49th st in Pinellas Park. This is a very humble place with a crowd of hispanics for lunch.
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:58 AM
 
Location: South Tampa
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A good place to get a cuban sandwich is Florida Bakery, next to Arco Iris on Columbus Drive. Like TampaGuy says, get the ingredients at Publix and make it yourself. No Salami for me, although I see in Tampa they are often made with it.
If you want to have a truly unique cuban go to Cafe Kolao in 49th st in Pinellas Park. This is a very humble place with a crowd of hispanics for lunch.
Are you talking about the little store adjacent to Florida Bakery? I think it's called Borenquen? I had a pretty good sandwich there but I had an even better one at LaTeresita just down the street. Some friends have been talking lately about the overall quality of LaTeresita going down, but the Cuban sandwich was really good a few weeks ago....and big too! Had to take half of it home.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Well I tried Roberts Meats... didnt like it. I like hole in the wall places, but that place is a dump. lol
I'm surprised there arent hardly any authentic Cuban-non-Tampa sandwiches there. My Cuban friend from Miami said you cant find one with salami down there.
But now I'm back in Denver for awhile enjoying some of the best Mexican food so I'll have to give up the cubans for awhile.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:41 AM
 
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Try Pappy's on Armenia and Hillsbough. Tiny cuban conveince store go to back corner and there you will find, in my opinion one of the best cubans made fresh. If your coming from 275 down Hillsbough, make a right it will be on your left across from blockbusters. Best thing they are $2 unless they have raised the prices. Its been a few years. But I know my friends still get their sandwiches there.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:05 AM
 
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Two questions:

I live in NYC. Best pizza in the world. What are the good Pizza places in the Tampa area?

Also, any Puerto Rican places? I know Cuban and P.R. food is very very similar, but what about specifically P.R. rest's?

Gracias.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:40 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Im a native Long Islander, and have found Eddie and Sam's in downtown Tampa to be the closest to NY style, along with Cappy's(Bay to Bay Blvd in South Tampa) as a close second.
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