Ten Best Cuban Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

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Nicole Danna
Trying to find the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida is like trying to find a stretch of pavement uncluttered with out-of-state plates come high season. Near impossible, and almost as frustrating. With so many options to choose from, what it really comes down to is quality.

The best Cubans have a special touch -- some are grilled and pressed with a traditional plancha, yielding that golden-brown, crusty finish. Others go overboard on the meat, either an abundance of roasted pork or stacked slabs of salty, thick-cut Serrano ham. Still others get fancy with house-cured pickles or homemade mustard.

Though the culinary landscape of Broward and Palm Beach may be dominated by Cuban concepts, we've singled out the best of the cuisine's eponymous sandwich. From the street counters to the longtime, family-owned establishments, here's our list for the best Cuban sandwiches in South Florida.

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Nicole Danna
10. Havana
Anyone traveling on I-95 through West Palm Beach should detour and follow the signs from the highway to Havana. Since 1993, the walk-up outdoor order windows on the corner of Old Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach have been open 24 hours, offering an array of quick, inexpensive, and ready-to-go eats. It's Cuban-style street food for takeout, for just a few dollars. The Cuban sandwich is a winner here, wrapped and ready to go with a side bag of fresh-fried plantain chips.

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Nicole Danna
9. El Bohio
Palm Beach County knows good Cuban food. From Jupiter to Boca Raton, dozens of establishments specialize in peddling meat-filled empanadas, hand-pressed Cuban sandwiches, homemade pulpeta (Cuban meatloaf), velvety flan, and a colada. Luckily, the area also boasts a wide range of Cuban concepts, everything from authentic upscale restaurants to small, family-style eateries. But it's the casual walk-up counter spots -- the café Cubanos, open all hours of day and night -- that seem to present the most authentic experience. And that's exactly what you'll find at El Bohio, a longtime Cuban pit stop off Federal Highway in Lantana. In Cuba, "bohío" is the name for the traditional hut or housing originally developed by the island's aboriginal groups. In Lantana, it's the name for owner Blas Serpa's small stand-alone restaurant with a busy, walk-up order counter. Here, the Cuban sandwich is pressed with a plancha, with a perfect proportion of bread, meat, and cheese.

Location Info

Padrino's

2500 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Cuban Cafe

3550 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Little Havana Restaurant

721 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Havana Hideout

509 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL

Category: Restaurant

Havana

6801 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Bohio

101 S. 3rd St., Lake Worth, FL

Category: Music

Don Carlin Cuban Restaurant

11447 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL

Category: Restaurant

Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine

2807 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Wilton Manors, FL

Category: Restaurant

Guarapo's Cuban Cuisine

1795 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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RealFood
RealFood

Can't believe Padrino's is on this list.  This is a restaurant chain that serves runny green slime & tries to pass it off as chimichurri sauce.  Fuck, we're talking about parsley, oregano, red pepper, red pepper, salt, pepper, oil & vinegar.  Not that hard to make or come by those ingredients.  

Mimi Lefevre
Mimi Lefevre

Crissie Lefevre Phillips and Antoine Lefevre

Betty Roman Norton
Betty Roman Norton

Never been to Don Carlin but may hit them up this weekend. Padrinos is good, so is Las Vegas and Havana :-)

Stephen Perez
Stephen Perez

Betty Roman Norton, #7, have you heard of it? #4 is by us and we've been there. Good stuff!

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