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steak sandwich on cuban bread
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Cuento Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Doral

$$$$Perfect For:LunchWalk-InsSerious Take-Out Operation

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The first bite of a pan con bistec from Cuento Sandwiches is like speaking to a customer service representative after zero hold time and being issued a refund before you can even say hello. It's a familiar experience you never knew could be this epic.

The Doral sandwich shop feels more like a sandwich library. The menu items are named after literary characters from 17th-century Spanish novels and each sandwich is crafted with the same passion you'd see from an archivist tasked with repairing the spines of medieval books. 

Interior of sandwich shop.

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The walls inside this simple restaurant are patterned with giant domino blocks, or maybe they're Morse code that reads, “We make the best Cuban-style sandwiches in Miami.” It’s a space that wants you to hang out and relax, even after you’ve finished your sandwich. Tables are equipped with domino sets, but it’s also quiet enough to comfortably pull out a book and read.

Four sandwiches and a domino set.

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Circular croquetas cut in half.

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Flan on a checkered plate

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Four sandwiches and a domino set.
Circular croquetas cut in half.
Flan on a checkered plate

Though they have tacos on the menu, you’re coming here for the sandwiches. Every sandwich is worthy of a Pulitzer, but get El Cid, which is their version of a pan con bistec. The palomilla steak is pounded so thin, you wonder if former powerlifter and WWE sports entertainment superstar Mark Henry is working in the kitchen. And the Doña Elena (their Elena Ruz) and Don Quixote (their Cuban sandwich) are reinvigorated classics made with shiny, bronzed medianoche bread.

But Cuento's talents don’t end at sandwiches. They make excellent croquetas shaped like a planet, thick and doughy cookies, and debut a new rotating lemonade every Sunday. Doors open at 9am for breakfast, but this place is best enjoyed in the middle of the day for a life-changing steak sandwich while playing an intense game of chickenfoot.

Food Rundown

Steak sandwich on cuban bread.

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El Cid

Made with half a loaf of Cuban bread, the steak on this sandwich is thinner than the patience of a mother with triplets. And instead of the usual potato sticks, they use toothpick-thin housemade malanga sticks. Each bite should be followed by a moment of silent gratitude.
Turkey sandwich with a side of strawberry jelly.

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Doña Elena

This is their take on the Elena Ruz sandwich. The homemade strawberry jam comes on the side so you can build your own sweet and savory bite. And no element inside the sandwich—from the cream cheese to the turkey ham—outshines the other.
Mahi sandwich with pickle, tomato, and lime skewer stacked on top.

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El Dorado

The hunk of grilled mahi on this sandwich is one to study for its thickness, perfect temperature, and light seasoning. It too is topped with malanga sticks, which all future mahi sandwiches should include.
Cuban sandwich made with medianoche bread

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Don Quixote

Their version of the medianoche is made with mozzarella instead of swiss cheese, and juicy bits of cured chorizo instead of lechon. As with every sandwich here, the mild housemade mustard comes on the side, meaning you have full jurisdiction over your mustard intake. Same with the pickles in case you're not wild about those.
Croquetas with soda crackers and sauces

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Croquetas

Ham and chorizo. Chicken and turkey. Shrimp and scallop. The duo in each croqueta ball is as harmonic as neapolitan ice cream. Each comes with its own sauce, but don’t be afraid to dip outside the lines.

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