Cuban Sandwich Shop
10434 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL
As I alluded to earlier, I arrived to Tampa a bit under the weather, and I had a good amount of work this week to get done. I wasn’t going to trek all the way back to International Plaza for some more Matzo Ball when TooJays was over a half hour away from my job, so I decided to pull out my trusty Garmin Nuvi GPS and went thru the restaurant listings. Then it dawned on me — Cubans make some darned good chicken soup, too. I headed over to the nearest Cuban place, which ended up being kismet, because as it turns out, the one I picked is regarded as one off the best in the entire area, The Cuban Sandwich Shop on Florida Ave.
The Cuban Sandwich Shop is probably the closest you are going to get to Calle Ocho in Tampa. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
The Cuban Sandwich shop, which was opened in the mid 1980′s, is a popular local lunch and dinner hangout where you can get homestyle Cuban food at very reasonable prices.
Lunchtimes are real busy. Make sure you get early so you can get a table and a parking space — they fill up very quickly.
Cuban Sandwich Cafe makes six different soups every day. Due to my enfermed condition I went for the classic Chicken Soup, which was excellent and really hit the spot.
Cuban sandwiches are also very good, but are an unusual variation in that in addition to roast pork and ham and swiss cheese and pickle slices, they also add a layer of salami, with a mayo/mustard dijonaise spread. The criollo Cuban bread is also fresh and excellent as well.
On a successive evening, I returned for dinner. This is Picadillo (seasoned ground beef) with yellow rice and maduro plantains. Very good.
Roast Pork sandwich, which was my absolute favorite. Garlicky, juicy roast Cuban pork on a Crillolo roll, with some of the dijionaise spread used on the Cubano above.
Cuban black beans to go with the rice. Also very good.