I love Cuban food! Trips to Ybor City, Tampa, or St. Augustine wouldn’t be complete without a meal at the Columbia. In Miami, it’s Versailles, the “World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant”, for dinner. Dishes like Roast Pork “A la Cubana”, Boliche “Criollo”, or Paella as well as black beans, rice, yuca and platanos…that’s my idea of a perfect Cuban meal.
I’ve recently come to the realization that while I enjoy Cuban dinners, I’m not a fan of Cuban sandwiches. That’s hard to believe, but on recent trips in Miami, I’ve left one of the best local eateries disappointed, but it’s just me! Those who accompany me rave about the food. Best Cuban sandwich, ever! Love the fritas!
So what’s my problem? The first trip to Luis Galindo I ordered a traditional Cuban sandwich…ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles on incredible Cuban bread; but I ordered with no mustard and you would have thought the world was coming to an end. No mustard? The waitress was sure she misunderstood since she spoke only broken English, but I finally convinced her I didn’t want mustard. I’m sorry, but I cannot stand the taste of mustard and apparently that ruins the entire sandwich.
John loved it. Best Cuban sandwich ever. I thought it was alright, but I could do with less cheese and pork and ham together seem to be a bit of an overkill.
A few months later on a return trip to Miami, John insisted we take our daughter to Luis Galindo’s Latin American Restaurant so she could experience this Cuban treat. I decided to try another of their famous sandwiches, a Fritas, or Cuban hamburger.
I’d recently seen a show on the Food Network looking for the best Fritas and decided this may be the sandwich for me. Made with a mix of ground beef and Chorizo and seasoned with paprika and ketchup or tomato paste, and then topped with julienne cut potatoes and diced onion and served on a Cuban roll, the Fritas at Luis Galino’s ranks as one of the best, if not the best in Miami. But unfortunately, it’s not for me. I didn’t care for the combination of meats and ketchup, but again, when others tried my sandwich, they gave it glowing reviews as did others on a restaurant review site:
“This tastes a lot like the first frita I ever had in Hialeah because they use chorizo and beef, which is probably why whenever I have a meeting I have to hold, I somehow end up at this place.
This is definitely the beefiest frita I’ve seen; it’s clearly the heavyweight of the Miami fritas. It’s actually a larger patty than you’ll usually see on these.
Clearly, it’s just me! Luis Galindo Latin American took home the prize for Best Medianoches for its Classic Cuban Sandwich 2014 Food Network South Beach Food and Wine Festival and click here to see how Food Blogger describes Luis Galindo.
John’s worried that he’ll never be able to eat here again since I’ve decided that Cuban sandwiches aren’t my cup of tea, but I think I can solve that problem. I’m going to skip the sandwiches and look for some chicken with black beans, rice, and a nice loaf of Cuban bread. I think we can both be happy eating at Luis Galindo.