Where to Find Florida's Best Cuban Sandwiches
The Cuban influence on Florida cuisine can't be overstated; from croquetas to pastelitos to Cuban rice and beans, dishes from Florida's southernmost island neighbor appear on restaurant menus all throughout the state.
Also popular in Florida are American-Cuban hybrid dishes developed by Cuban immigrants and inspired by the flavors of their birthplace, along with the traditions of their new stateside home. One of the most famous examples is the Cuban sandwich (also known as the "Cubano"), a Floridian lunchtime staple that gives a distinctly Cuban twist to the standard American ham & cheese by adding juicy roast pork marinated in mojo (a citrus-garlic mixture) and piling the sandwich ingredients on pillowy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside Cuban bread.
To find a top-quality Cuban sandwich in Florida, you'll want to head to one of the Sunshine State's biggest centers of Cuban culture: Tampa (a historic Cuban hotspot on Florida's Gulf Coast), Miami (the metro region with the largest Cuban population in the United States), and Key West (the southernmost city in Florida, which is geographically closer to Havana than it is to Miami).
The next time you head to Florida, consider visiting any of the nine restaurants on this list, which serve the finest versions of the Cubano in Tampa, Miami, and Key West.