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Miami's Best Cuban Sandwiches: Getting Creative With Variations On The Traditional

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5. Tinta y Cafe
The self-described "coffee house y mas" keeps patrons happy and coming

back with 13 different sandwiches de la patria, Tinta's

take on the traditional Cuban sandwich features the usual ingredients

of ham, pork, cheese, pickles and mustard. Selections vary according to

the meat -- usually ham, pork and/or turkey -- and type of bread. La noche

entera ($6.50 small, $8.50 regular) is served on sweet bread and the guajiro ($6.50, $8.75) features ham, Swiss

cheese and Tinta's special mojo de la casa sauce. Other than variations

on the Cuban, Tinta y Cafe also features a delectable sandwich called el

gallego ($6.50, $9.25), which includes cantimpalo (cured chorizo Spanish sausage) and

manchego, a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk

of Manchega sheep.

4. Padrino's
The

story of the Padrino family reads much like the quintessential Cuban

exile success story, and their restaurant right on the Broward County line in Hallandale just a few blocks from the ocean oozes with the quintessential Cuban taste. First

opened in Hialeah at the height of the Cuban exodus in 1976, the restaurant eventually expanded to three Broward locations and a popular

Orlando bistro. Here the most popular variation on the Cuban sandwich is

the lechon asado ($6.95), a type of Cuban-style marinated roast pork with

grilled onions. They also have the traditional Cuban ($5.95), served with ham,

sliced roast pork, swiss cheese and pickles, and the media noche ($5.95) on a

golden egg roll.

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