Here’s an objective fact: we eat a lot of sandwiches. But even we’re not sure we’ve ever come across a vegan pan con lechón in the wild. So when we found out our favorite Cuban sandwich spot, Sanguich De Miami, just created one, we drove over to Calle Ocho to see this thing for ourselves.
The verdict? It’s really good, which isn’t totally surprising considering that just about everything Sanguich stuffs between bread is really good. The vegan pan con lechón - which they call the “Vegañooo” - is made from shredded jackfruit that’s been roasted in a lot of garlic. Also thrown in the mix are pickled onions, mojo sauce, and toasted (lard-free) Cuban bread.
The whole thing is obviously lighter than pork. You could probably eat two of them and still be able to operate heavy machinery, but the strong garlic flavor and mojo sauce make this thing taste unmistakably Cuban. It might not be enough to sway us from our go-to croqueta preparada, but it’s a reason to finally bring your vegetarian friends to come witness these sandwich gods do their thing.
It’s also not the only new sandwich in town worth a try. Below are five more sandwiches that have recently made their debut in Miami.
Stanzione 87 does subs now, which is billboard-worthy information for fans of Italian sandwiches. They’re serving the new selection of sandwiches Thu-Sun, and options include meatball, caprese, and mortadella with pistachio pesto.
Miami’s tragic lack of banh mi is coming to an end, thanks in part to Em Oi. The new food truck is parked in the Midtown Garden Center, and has two versions with lemongrass pork and ginger chicken. You can stop by in person or find them on Uber Eats and DoorDash.
While we’re on the topic of banh mi, we should mention Benh Mi. It’s a takeout-only pop-up run by a local Miami chef, and it’s sort of a meal kit situation. You DM their Instagram page to place an order (options include lemongrass meatball, roasted pork, or mushroom), then pick it up and assemble at home with instructions. We ordered one a couple of weeks ago and it was easy to make and delicious.
A cheeseburger, in our opinion, is a sandwich. And the new Downtown spot Over Under has a pretty good one. You can stop by for dine-in or order for takeout. It goes very well with their frozen paloma.
If you’re after a fried chicken sandwich, try Fuku. They’re a new delivery-only concept operating in Downtown. The menu is small and consists of mostly fried chicken sandwiches, fries, and nuggets.