No one does a Cuban sandwich better than Miami - and here’s where you’ll find the best.Less
There are some really great sandwiches on this guide. But even after eating them all, we still feel comfortable saying Sanguich makes the best Cuban sandwich in Miami. This is probably not shocking news to anyone who’s read our review of the Little Havana sandwich shop. But we’re happy to say it again and again - every Miamian needs to try this Cuban sandwich. It’s magic from the first crispy bite: an always-perfect ratio of Cuban bread, Swiss cheese, ham, lechon, pickles, and mustard.
Off Site is a Little River nano-brewery that has a menu full of ridiculously good bar food. And on that menu, you’ll find an outstanding Cuban sandwich. The bread is pressed crispy enough to play shuffleboard on. But we also really like what’s going on underneath that bread: Lechón, aged ham, house pickles, and kewpie mustard. Another great thing about this sandwich: you can pair it with one of the excellent house beers from Off Site.
For 30+ years, S&N has been a go-to sandwich shop and ventanita in Hialeah. The cash-only spot serves up one of the best pan con lechon and pan con bistec sandwiches in Miami. The fantastic batidos are also an essential order, no matter what you get. But their Cuban sandwich is seriously good too. It’s a simple, classic version—golden brown and perfectly pressed. It belongs under the Merriam-Webster entry for “Cuban Sandwich.”
Sarussi’s take on a Cubano is an Italian-Cuban-American hybrid. What makes it a legit Cuban sandwich in our book is that it includes roast pork, ham, cheese, and pickles. But from there, Sarussi gets off the exit and speeds away from tradition. They use sweet shaved ham and mozzarella, instead of the traditional boiled ham and swiss. Instead of pressed Cuban bread, they use fluffy Italian rolls, toast the entire sandwich in a pizza oven, and then brush the warm, crispy crust with garlic butter.
Like everything in the Design District, Foirette’s Cuban sandwich is a bit fancy (and a tad expensive). The version from this MIA Market vendor is stuffed with high-quality braised pork and layers of flavorful ham. There are also thin house pickles and a whole grain mustard that gives it a nice kick. It also costs $17, which is about as expensive as a Cuban sandwich can get in Miami. Still, it’s delicious and we really like it.
There are few places in the city that do sandwiches as deliciously as Tinta Y Cafe, a small spot in Coral Gables. You should make it your goal to try every sandwich on the menu here, especially the Patria, their version of a Cuban sandwich. They bend the rules here just a little by adding mortadella and using a baguette rather than Cuban bread. But rules are meant to be broken - especially when they taste this good.
Babe’s is a Palmetto Bay butcher shop, so it’s no surprise that the best part of this excellent sandwich is the meat. The smoked ham and roast pork are the headliners you bought tickets to see. The pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, and Cuban bread (which they bake themselves) are very capable and talented background singers. But that lovely combination of ham and pork? That’s what you’ll be daydreaming about at work 48 hours later.
You know how when sandwiches are cut into triangles, the first corner bite is always the best bite? Well, every bite of the Cuban sandwich at this South Beach ventanita is like that. They cut their sandwich thinner than any Cuban sandwich we’ve seen around Miami. Of course, it’s not just the shape that makes this great. There’s a generous portion of roast pork, a healthy amount of cheese, and Las Olas’ location makes it a perfect lunch to bring to the beach.
Enriqueta’s is sandwiched (pun intended) between Wynwood and Edgewater, and serves the best Cuban food you’ll find in the area. The menu, like any good diner, will take you a while to read, but the bulk of it is devoted to some truly great sandwiches - like their Cuban, which you can get a “double” version of if you’re extremely hungry. We also strongly endorse their Cubano con croquetas. They’ll stuff two croquetas inside your sandwich, which bind everything together like a delicious cement.
North Miami’s Three Palms serves a big, cheesy Cuban sandwich that will require two hands and a big appetite to consume. There are no detours from tradition here - their version is as classic a Cuban sandwich as you’ll find in Miami. But they do an especially great job of pressing the sandwich. The bread is crunchy and the ham and pork are warmed to the core. They also use the most cheese out of any of the sandwiches we encountered and that’s something you’ll never hear us complaining about.