Ten Best Cuban Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

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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McDonald's Testing New Pastries on South Floridians Starting This Week

Categories: Fast Food

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Mickey D's is classing up its pastries.
The words "McDonald's" and "experiment" can conjure some intimidating images -- like some kind of Frankenburger or other alarming mutated food item.

Don't get ready to let out a blood-curdling scream just yet; the fast-food chain is testing out inane (but probably equally unhealthy) treats in just a few days.

Starting this week, McDonald's Palm Beach-Treasure Coast is offering customers first dibs on its newest menu item, McCafé Mini Bundt cakes.

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Starbucks Releases Pumpkin Spice Latte August 25, if You Have the Passcode

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Here in the land of endless summer, we need all the help we can get remembering that -- at least everywhere else in the country -- cold weather is on its way. For Floridians, there's no better harbinger for the change of seasons than the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, lovingly referred to as the PSL.

If you're equally fanatical about all things festive and fall, this time of year can't come soon enough. Luckily, the nationwide coffeehouse has bumped up the seasonal flavor's official release date -- along with the salted caramel mocha -- for customers wielding a special code on August 25.

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Bottled Water Still Coming From Drought-Stricken California: Which Brands to Avoid

Categories: Ethical Eating

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Right now, California is knee-deep in the third driest year in its history (since we've been recording, anyway).

To combat the issue, in July, the state enacted drastic actions to reduce water consumption, including $500 fines for watering gardens, washing cars, or hosing down sidewalks. It's pretty serious.

With forceful measures in place, one would think that there would be a ban on exporting water from the nearly barren state.

Apparently not. Many of the big bottled water companies are still tapping California's supplies and sending it to wetter, more fertile states.

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Colombian Craft Brewery Offers Pink Beer to Appeal to the Ladies

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

All photos by Laine Doss
Think pink...beer.
Beer, traditionally, is marketed with a heavy slant toward men. Commercials and ads are generally filled with images of guys knocking back a few with friends during the game or after a long day of hearty man's work. Women usually are in the background, serving as eye candy in the spots more than the primary consumer.

Brewers are missing a big opportunity by not targeting the female population in their campaigns. A 2013 Nielsen report, "estimates that women will control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in the U.S. over the next decade and be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country's history".

So how does a brewery tap (pun intended) into the extremely lucrative female market? By making pink beer, of course. Or not.

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Lilo's Offers Alfresco-Only Dining Off Atlantic Avenue

Categories: $10 Lunch

Nicole Danna
A family-run eatery has moved into the former E&J's Sandwich Shop space off Atlantic Avenue, but it's not your average breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. Instead, think of Lilo's Garden as the only true alfresco dining option in downtown Delray Beach.

At Lilo's, you don't wait in line for a table. You just wait in line. It's a fast-casual concept, without the fast-casual feel -- a fitting addition to the downtown scene amid the rows of upscale, sit-down establishments.

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Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria Opening in Fort Lauderdale

Categories: New Spot!

Big Time Restaurant Group
Around these parts, there's a lot of trepidation when it comes to finding good Italian food. Even the tourists don't expect to find decent pizza this far south -- and without a neighborhood of trattorias called Little Italy.

Despite the misconceptions surrounding our state's ability to churn out good pies and pasta, restaurateurs and chefs are facing the challenge head-on. That includes Big Time Restaurant Group, which will open a new Italian restaurant off Las Olas Boulevard later this year.

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Watch Five Celebrity Chefs Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Videos)

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Martha accepts the ice bucket challenge.
By now your Facebook page has been filled with videos of friends (and celebrities) getting doused with buckets of ice water. Maybe you've even been dared to pour a bucket of water over your own head.

While in South Florida this may sound like a refreshing (though extreme) way of keeping cool during a steamy August afternoon, it's actually the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising stunt that went viral sometime this summer. Though the challenge has been around for a while, the ALS Association, the main beneficiary of monies raised by this challenge, credits 29 year-old Pete Frates from Beverly, Massachusetts for making the mere act of pouring a bucket of freezing water on your head a sensation. Frates, a former Division 1 college athlete with Boston College baseball, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease, in 2012 and has dedicated his time to spreading awareness of the disease since.

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Sloan's Ice Cream Opening New Location in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Nicole Danna
Tracy's Scrumptious Pretzel ice cream from Sloan's is one of more than 40 flavors.
More Sloan's Ice Cream stores will be opening in South Florida this year, beginning with the latest location set to open next month in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

The ice cream shop is a sugar high waiting to happen, best-known for its princess-pink walls, 40-something flavors of "luxury" ice cream, shelves of toys and games, and bins filled with bulk candy. And, of course, the exhibitionist-style bathrooms where a glass that reveals all frosts over the moment you lock the door.

See Also: Sloan's Ice Cream Parlor Opens Fifth Location in South Florida

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Mellow Mushroom to Roll Back Prices to 1974: 75 Cent Beer and $2.50 Pizzas

Categories: Dirt Cheap Eats

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Got the munchies?
Mellow Mushroom is celebrating four decades of helping people satisfy the munchies with a special one-day price rollback.

On Wednesday, August 20, Mellow Mushroom locations throughout the U.S. will be serving a select menu of items at the same prices they were available for back in 1974.

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