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Alexandra Rincon

100 Montaditos

Alexandra Rincon
There are about 200 locations worldwide, but the 100 Montaditos in midtown Miami is the first to open in America. It is the dollar store of fast-food franchises, but instead of a bunch of junk, you can get all sorts of great sandwiches: for instance, thin wisps of Serrano ham on warm, crunchy-crusted, olive-oil-drizzled, oven-fresh bread. That's $1. Other one-buck wonders include the same bread filled with pulled barbecue pork, smoked salmon, chorizo, or a host of other ingredients. For fifty cents more, diners are privy to sandwiches of tortilla española with chipotle aioli, or grilled chicken with brava sauce. Big spenders can get the $2 fillings, such as duck mousse with crisp onion. The same amount buys a hamburger or hot dog (100 sandwiches altogether). Sampler plates bring six montaditos for $8 and other such combinations. An 11-ounce bottle of Mahou 5 Estrellas beer is $2.50; a 17-ounce draft is $3. A five-beer bucket comes for $10; on Fridays it's two buckets for $10. Flat-screen TV sets provide entertainment, and the room looks more like a modern pub than a fast-food joint. Leave Ronald McDonald to the clowns.

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