South Florida's Official Sandwich: Where to Find It

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Over at Good Magazine, it's Sandwich Week, when the site reveals results for each state's official nominations. 

Earlier in the month, the editors had asked Trina Sargalski of the Miami Dish blog for her selection. The choice, as you'd imagine, is a Cuban sandwich. She breaks it down as
 bread reigning most important:

"The sandwich must be built with good Cuban bread (made with lard) and then flattened in a hot press (plancha). Don't waste time on impostors made with thick French or Italian bread. The bread should be crisp on the outside, with some give, and soft and buttered on the inside."
I'm just starting to explore bakeries -- asking locals where to go for Italian, French, Brazilian, and Colombian bakeries, among others -- and I've ended up sampling a lot of bread lately. 

The only places that have garnered resounding praise is Gran Forno and Rendez-Vous Bakery & Bistro. Where else bakes great bread, where Cuban bread can be found, no less?

That brings us to the innards. Miami Dish writes:

"Inside, there should be striated layers of Swiss cheese, ham, and roast pork. The layers of meat should be generous. In Tampa, they add salami, perhaps due to the Italian influence. Pickles and mustard add zing. Some purists refuse the mustard, but I always ask for a little."
Sounds delicious. And might inspire this afternoon's lunch. Yet, it's rare in these parts to hear about great Cuban sandwiches. Is the Cubano Broward's official sandwich? 

Based on the comments since I've arrived, I'm guessing it's a sub along the lines of LaSpada. Any nominations for this area's best sandwich? Or would you agree with Miami Dish?

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LaSpada's Original Hoagies

233 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale By The Sea, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Louie, Food Lover
Louie, Food Lover

Try a sandwich at Fernandas International Market on the SW corner of US1 and Oakland Park Blvd. Outstanding value.


Try any sub from fat freddy's on Prospect and Andrews... It's at least as good as La Spada's and they do hot subs too.

La Mia Foccaccia is another great sandwich place Just North of Cypress Creek on Powerline.

My Market is quintessential Ft Lauderdale, but these two places not widely as known have great food. 

ted anthony inserra
ted anthony inserra

give me my local neighborhood sub shop---My Market, on 17th street just west of the railroad tracks...only boarshead meats, sliced to order, there Roast Beef Italiano (i am predujice) with roasted red peppers, pesto, cheese, slightly heated...YUM, or in Hialeah...THE SANTERIA CAFETERIA de HIALEAH, they put Chupacabra on there sandwhich's!!!


I wish we could do a sandwich contest and taste some side by side. I had an assignment in dc where I had to go to this Vietnamese area and buy ten banh mi and bring them back to the chef of Wolfgang puck's restaurant to taste. It was a blast. And very different experience than eating one at a time: we really paid attention to the bread and ingredients. Less about sating hunger...

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Couldn't agree more, Ted. In fact, My Market is one of the first places we took Melissa when she started.


I have gone to my market as a first dinner before going to a sit down restaurant, I love the sandwiches there so much.

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