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Old 07-18-2013, 08:40 AM
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Tiny- I have not seen the leaf in the middle, and I believe it's the cuban bread that they use, not pan de agua.
I think the real cuban bread is what they use. It is delicious!!

Here's a link for the recipe:

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Old 07-18-2013, 02:39 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:31 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Originally Posted by gypsychic View Post
tiny have you ever had the bread from La Segunda? I think they supply the bread for many restaurants - it has the leaf in the middle, but years ago, I though it didn't taste quite the same as when I was a kid - here is website with pic:

Cuban Bread | Cuban Bakery | Wholesale | Commercial | Artisan Bakery
La Segunda's bread does taste a little different than it used to, because they stopped using lard in the recipe. It's a shame as that really does change the bread for the worst, it changed the fluffiness of the inside and made it more chewy. They do use the palmetto frond to split the top of the loaf. They also make a great media noche bread.

Here's a secret - Sweetbay has great Cuban bread (with lard!) in their deli area, in a white paper wrapper that says Pan Cubano on the side in blue.

Apparently pan de agua is more of a Puerto Rican thing.

I personally love La Ideal for Cuban sandwich and media noche. But bring cash, last time I was there they did not accept cards. It's on Tampa Bay Blvd. just west of where it crosses MacDill Ave. Here's their page on the 3 Guys from Miami site!


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Old 07-18-2013, 08:39 PM
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Steak & Shake has a good traditional breakfast (2 eggs how you like them, sausage or bacon, toast or biscuit, grilled hash browns) for around 5 bucks... my favorite place for early morning eats.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:34 AM
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Moxie's Sandwich shop.. there are several locations one on Benjamin Road downtown and one out on Telcom pkwy.
Huge sandwiches that are not your normal sandwiches.

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Old 07-19-2013, 12:47 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Originally Posted by BucFan View Post
anyone posting in this thread about cheap eats have a weight problem? I try not to hit my fav place but once or twice a month, max, to keep those unwanted lbs off......it's tough to do.
I always try to go for the healthier option when I do eat at these places. For example, I'll get an egg white omelet if I'm going to Pach's, and I try to eat low-carb most of the time anyway, and there are usually options for that wherever I go.

I also run a lot which might give me a little more leeway, but I still try to make healthy choices when I go out to eat.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:26 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Another little Cuban place I like that doesn't get a lot of attention is Las Margarita's on W. Hillsborough just a bit west of Dale Mabry. Their weekly specials are tasty and cheap and the portions are generous if you like leftovers. I am hooked on the tamal en cazuela, like a deconstructed tamale... it's a bowl of really delicious, flavorful Cuban style polenta with a nice chunk of pan fried marinated pork in the center. Yummy. That's only available on Monday. On Tuesday they have the best arroz con pollo, the rice is simply fantastic. On Thursdays they have boliche. They have several specials every day and I have really enjoyed everything I ever tried. They have a regular menu too with the Cuban restaurant mainstays like palomilla and minuta.
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