Ham, roast pork, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese between two triangular slices of pressed Cuban bread. Miamians know those ingredients as well as their own social security numbers, or the chorus to Pitbull’s “Culo,” because they are the five building blocks of the most famous sandwich in Miami: the Cuban sandwich. The sandwiches on this guide are proof of just how wonderful those ingredients can taste when prepared right - but there are also plenty of places on this guide showing that a little creativity can be a good thing. These are the 12 best Cuban sandwiches in Miami.
There are some really great sandwiches on this guide - really, really great ones. But even after eating them all, we still feel comfortable saying Sanguich makes the best Cuban sandwich in Miami. This is probably not shocking news to anyone who’s read our review of the Little Havana sandwich shop. But we’re happy to say it again and again - every Miamian needs to try this Cuban sandwich. It’s magic from the first crispy bite: an always-perfect ratio of Cuban bread, Swiss cheese, ham, lechon, pickles, and mustard.
There are few places in the city that do sandwiches as deliciously as Tinta Y Cafe, a small spot in Coral Gables. You should make it your goal to try every sandwich on the menu here, especially the Patria, their version of a Cuban sandwich. They bend the rules here just a little by adding mortadella and using a baguette rather than Cuban bread. But rules are meant to be broken - especially when they taste this good.
For 30+ years, S&N has been a go-to sandwich shop and ventanita in Hialeah. The cash-only spot serves up one of the best pan con lechon and pan con bistec sandwiches in Miami. The fantastic batidos are also an essential order, no matter what you get. But their Cuban sandwich is seriously good too. It’s a simple, classic version - golden brown and perfectly pressed. It belongs under the Merriam-Webster entry for “Cuban Sandwich.”
Babe’s is a Palmetto Bay butcher shop, so it’s no surprise that the best part of this excellent sandwich is the meat. The smoked ham and roast pork are the headliners you bought tickets to see. You will want to stop halfway through eating this and ask them to sign your forehead. The pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, and Cuban bread (which they bake themselves) are very capable and talented background singers. But that lovely combination of ham and pork? That’s what you’ll be daydreaming about at work 48 hours later.
You know how when sandwiches are cut into triangles, the first corner bite is always the best bite? Well, every bite of the Cuban sandwich at this South Beach ventanita is like that. They cut their sandwich thinner than any Cuban sandwich we’ve seen around Miami. We’re very bad at geometry, but we believe it could be a scalene triangle? Or perhaps an extreme isosceles-obtuse? Of course, it’s not just the shape that makes this great. There’s a generous portion of roast pork, a healthy amount of cheese, and Las Olas’ location makes it a perfect lunch to bring to the beach.
Enriqueta’s is sandwiched (pun extremely intended) between Wynwood and Edgewater, and serves the best Cuban food you’ll find in the area. The menu, like any good diner, will take you a while to read, but the bulk of it is devoted to some truly great sandwiches - like their Cuban, which you can get a “double” version of if you’re extremely hungry. We know we’re judging Cuban sandwiches here, but we also strongly endorse their Cubano con croquetas. They’ll stuff two croquetas inside your sandwich, which bind everything together like a delicious cement.
North Miami’s Three Palms serves a big, cheesy Cuban sandwich that will require two hands and a big appetite to consume. There are no detours from tradition here - their version is as classic a Cuban sandwich as you’ll find in Miami. But they do an especially great job of pressing the sandwich. The bread is crunchy and the ham and pork are warmed to the core. They also use the most cheese out of any of the sandwiches we encountered and that’s something you’ll never hear us complaining about.
If your assignment was to make a traditional Cuban sandwich and you handed this in, you might get a D-. To start, it’s served on a Portuguese muffin. There’s also cheddar cheese and mayo involved. But at least the Miami Shores shop acknowledges this by naming it the “Cubanish.” However, when your hypothetical teacher tastes this thing, they will bump you up to a passing grade and maybe even throw a few sparkly stickers your way too. Proper is an outstanding butcher shop, which is obvious after the first bite of incredible roasted pork shoulder and smoked rosemary ham. The cheddar cheese also works surprisingly well. Again, we’re all for breaking rules when they turn out this damn good.
Chug’s Cuban sandwich is the Dwayne Johnson of Cuban sandwiches: it’s large, powerful, and just hard to get mad at. This thing is actually inspired by the muffuletta, which is why it’s massive (it feeds two, at least) and served on a round sourdough loaf. Chug’s bends the Cuban sandwich rules by using pâté, salami, and cornichons over pickles. But you know what? We love every bite - and also get a little bicep workout lifting it up to our mouth over and over again, which is something Mr. Johnson would approve of. One note: Chug’s is about to close for renovations, so get over there quickly if you want to try this one. Hopefully, it’ll still be here when Chug’s returns, but we have faith that any Cuban sandwich version they put out is going to be very good.
Normally, we are suspicious of Cuban sandwiches that use salami, because that’s what they do in Tampa. And we don’t generally listen to people from Tampa - they dress up as pirates and like hockey. Weird. However, Doce’s Cuban sandwich (which does use salami) is good enough to make us ignore our personal anti-salami rule for 15 minutes. The Little Havana restaurant also has another version, El HungryQban, which has chorizo croquetas stuffed inside. And that’s something we have no problem getting enthusiastic about.
We know it’s hard to order anything but a burger at Kush, but the entire menu is worth trying - especially the Kush Cubano. Like everything here, the ingredients are quality. The ham comes from Miami Smokers and the pork is slow-roasted. They use gruyere cheese instead of Swiss, a hoagie roll over Cuban bread, and include a fantastic cilantro aioli for sandwich-dipping.
If this guide was broken into sub-categories, Mary’s would get “Best Nocturnal Cuban Sandwich.” Do we recommend you prioritize this sandwich over a place like, say, Sanguich de Miami? No. But if it’s 2am and your stomach is getting angry, go to Mary’s. The Coral Gables ventanita is open 24/7 and is also attached to a laundromat, so you can entertain yourself with their very solid Cuban sandwich while you wait for your towels to dry.