There may be as many versions of the Cuban sandwich in Florida as there are Cuban sandwich shops – a lot of them! Depending on where you land in Florida this sandwich might take a different shape. Most agree on the basics: roast pork and sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.
From there things vary. Tampa – who claims the Cuban as their city sandwich – adds salami, but if you told a Miami Cuban purist you wanted salami you would be thrown out of the joint. Mayo, a big no-no to some purists, is widely used in Miami and Ybor City. Key West says Cubans were first made there for the cigar factories, and lettuce, tomato and red onion are often added.
USA TODAY 10Best and Sandwich America asked readers to help crown the best Cuban sandwiches in the state of Florida. Voting took place over the course of four weeks, and now the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Cuban Sandwich in Florida are as follows:
- Michelle Faedo's On The Go - Tampa
- Fernandez the Bull - Naples
- Horsin Around Deli - North Fort Myers
- El Meson de Pepe - Key West
- Columbia Restaurant - Tampa
- Havana Cuban Food - West Palm Beach
- The Floridian - Tampa
- Zaza New Cuban Diner - Orlando
- Bodega - St. Petersburg
- Sandy’s Café - Key West
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Gina Birch (The Birch Beat), Kara Franker (10Best Local Expert), Krayl Funch (An Appealing Plan), Claudia Miller (KeysClaudia), Kristopher Neild (10Best Local Expert) Skye Rodgers (10Best Local Expert) and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were selected based on their knowledge of the Florida Cuban food scene.
Other restaurants nominated in this category included Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, Carmine's in Tampa, Casa Rojas Cuban Bakery in Cape Coral, El Siboney Restaurant in Key West, Enriqueta's in Miami, Gaspar's Grotto in Tampa, JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe in Sarasota, Martha's Cuban Cafe in Fort Myers, Versailles in Miami and West Tampa Sandwich Shop in Tampa.
10Best and Sandwich America extend a big congratulations to all our winning sandwich spots n Florida!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo