Ham, roast pork, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese between two triangular slices of pressed Cuban bread. Miamians know those ingredients as well as their own social security numbers, or the chorus to Pitbull’s “Culo,” because they are the five building blocks of the most famous sandwich in Miami: the Cuban sandwich. The sandwiches on this guide are proof of just how wonderful those ingredients can taste when prepared right—but there are also plenty of places on this guide showing that a little creativity can be a good thing. These are the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami.
There are some really great sandwiches on this guide—really, really great ones. 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 that either goes by the Sarussi Original or Original Cuban Sandwich, depending on which location you visit. 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. But what really makes this a unique Cuban sandwich is the addition of a garlicky, tangy secret sauce over the traditional mustard. It may be breaking rules left and right, but we’ll allow such behavior for a sandwich this delicious.
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. Even though it’s an elevated version, it’s still a simple, recognizable Cuban—with a great ratio of ingredients and bread pressed to a perfect crisp that provides texture but won’t chip your tooth.
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. You will want to stop halfway through eating this and ask them to sign your forehead. 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. We’re very bad at geometry, but we believe it could be a scalene triangle? Or perhaps an extreme isosceles-obtuse? 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 extremely 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 know we’re judging Cuban sandwiches here, but 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.
If your assignment was to make a traditional Cuban sandwich and you handed this in, you might get a D-. To start, it’s served on a Portuguese muffin. There’s also cheddar cheese and mayo involved. But at least the Miami Shores shop acknowledges this by naming it the “Cubanish.” However, when your hypothetical teacher tastes this thing, they will bump you up to a passing grade and maybe even throw a few sparkly stickers your way too. Proper is an outstanding butcher shop, which is obvious after the first bite of incredible roasted pork shoulder and smoked rosemary ham. The cheddar cheese also works surprisingly well. Again, we’re all for breaking rules when they turn out this damn good.
Normally, we are suspicious of Cuban sandwiches that use salami, because that’s what they do in Tampa. And we don’t generally listen to people from Tampa—they dress up as pirates and like hockey. Weird. However, Doce’s Cuban sandwich (which does use salami) is good enough to make us ignore our personal anti-salami rule for 15 minutes. The Little Havana restaurant also has another version, El HungryQban, which has chorizo croquetas stuffed inside. And that’s something we have no problem getting enthusiastic about.
We know it’s hard to order anything but a burger at Kush, but the entire menu is worth trying—especially the Kush Cubano. Like everything here, the ingredients are quality. They veer from tradition slightly by using gruyere cheese instead of Swiss and a hoagie roll over Cuban bread. But the end result is delicious nonetheless.
If this guide was broken into sub-categories, Mary’s would get “Best Nocturnal Cuban Sandwich.” Do we recommend you prioritize this sandwich over a place like, say, Sanguich de Miami? No. But if it’s 2am and your stomach is getting angry, go to Mary’s. The Coral Gables ventanita is open 24/7 and is also attached to a laundromat, so you can entertain yourself with their very solid Cuban sandwich while you wait for your towels to dry.