98. The Elena Ruth Sandwich at Sergio's

It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

98. The Elena Ruth Sandwich at Sergio's

Choosing a favorite sandwich is like choosing a favorite pet. There are many out there that attempt to win you over, but the Elena Ruth at Sergio's ($5.49) is a winner simply because it is so damn scrumptious. Layered with a one-inch thick slab turkey breast slices and cream cheese, drizzled with strawberry jam in between two slices of sweet midnight sandwich bread (like a Cuban version of Challah bread) and flattened in a sandwich press. The bread is crisped to golden-brown perfection and fits right in your hand for flawless eating.

With the strawberry jam flowing over the sides, the Elena Ruth looks like a slice of cake, but it's not--it's a cake-wich. Seriously, this bad mamma jamma can be eaten like dessert if you so choose because the sweetness of the jam combined with the cream cheese and the flakiness of the bread makes it taste that way. Ah, the Elena Ruth--a quintessential Cuban sandwich, many exist elsewhere, but there can be only one.

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