Latin American Cafeteria
9606 SW 72nd St (Sunset St), Miami, FL
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Have you ever gone to a place, try one of their signature items, and have it be so good that when you have that particular dish anywhere else, it will never live up to your expectations ever again? Such a place is the Latin American Cafeteria in Miami, perhaps where the best Cuban Sandwich can be found in the entire world. In fact, I would go on to say that Latin American Cafeteria is to the Sandwich Cubano what Katz’s Deli in NYC is to the Pastrami on Rye.
The Latin American Restaurant Cafeteria on Sunset Street (72nd) in Miami.
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Piles of freshly sliced Lechon (Cuban Slow Roasted Pork)
Ham, Cheese and other sandwich accoutriments
Stacks of Cuban Sandwiches ready for the press.
The sandwich man is a true artist.
Heavy-Duty Hobart sandwich presses.
As you can see, compared to most other Cuban restaurants you may have been to, Latin American Restaurant stuffs its sandwiches pretty full. Also, the Sandwich Cubano here is strictly ham, lechon, pickle, and Swiss cheese — there’s no mustard or other condiment on them other than butter to help grill the bread. If there was anything else in there, it wasn’t obvious — this sandwich is an exercise in simplicity, letting the high quality ingredients speak for themselves.
Sandwich Cubano as it appears on the plate. Note the distinctive bisection cut, which helps make this big sandwich easier to eat.
Pan de Agua, or creole bread, which is very light and airy and is a staple of any Cuban meal.
Picadillo, one of the daily specials. This is seasoned ground meat and potatoes in a light tomato/onion sauce flavored with green olives/capers/pimientos (alcaparrado) accompanied by Cuban black beans and rice. Probably the best version of this dish I have ever had.
Maduros, overripe sweet plantains cooked in butter until they become caramelized. Unbelievably good.
Sugar Cane juice.
One of the patrons that we became friendly with let us take a photo of his Bistec Milanesa, pan fried steak topped with ham and cheese, cooked under the broiler.
Salad accompaniment to the Bistec Milanesa.
Cortadito, or sweet Cuban espresso coffee with milk. Excellent.