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Cuban Sandwiches to Go

1605 Lee Rd., Orlando, FL - (407) 578-8888
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/4/2014 4:46:00 AM
I’m not sure if the name of this restaurant is Cuban Sandwiches or Cuban Sandwiches To Go, which is what the sign outside says. Much business is take-out, and there is no dining room other than a few tables on a patio overlooking the parking lot. Service is eat-in-the-rough style: Order food and pay for it at one window, then receive it at an adjoining one. Expect to wait a while.

“We are not a FAST food franchise,” advises a sign in the window. “Our Cuban sandwiches are made fresh to order then grilled (slowly) to perfection.” This Cubano is, for sure, a beauty, masterfully assembled and toasted long enough for the outside of the bread to become sensuously brittle. It is then cut on a rakish diagonal from end to end, making the sandwich into two long-legged triangles.

Inside is thinly sliced pork with a good roasted flavor and enough fat to be appealingly unctuous. There is sheaf of salty pink ham and a layer of Swiss cheese that has been warmed enough to be ultrasoft but not quite molten. And, of course, there are pickle chips and mustard. Despite its compression in the plancha, you need to hold the sandwich gingerly, lest mustard lube the ingredients enough that they begin to slide out when pressure is applied.

I look forward to future visits when I can sample this little eatery’s variations on the theme: a media noche, which is a Cuban on sweet bread; a roast pork sandwich (basically a Cuban without the ham), and an intriguing item listed as a Cuban tradition, the pan con timba: guava and cream cheese on sweet bread.

Available drinks include Cuban coffee, Latin sodas, and tropical shakes made with mango, papaya, or mamey.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Warm, crisp, and full-flavored, Cuban sandwiches are popular throughout the U.S.. The best of them are in Florida.
"Warm, crisp, and full-flavored, Cuban sandwiches are popular throughout the U.S.. The best of them are in Florida."
Michael Stern





The six tables shown here are the entirety of the dining area. Some people dine in their cars; many get their sandwiches to go.
"The six tables shown here are the entirety of the dining area. Some people dine in their cars; many get their sandwiches to go."
Michael Stern


Cuban Sandwiches is not an expense-account kind of restaurant.
"Cuban Sandwiches is not an expense-account kind of restaurant. "
Michael Stern


For a satisfying under-$10 meal in Orlando, this place is hard to beat.
"For a satisfying under-$10 meal in Orlando, this place is hard to beat."
Michael Stern



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