After many taste tests, Sanguich de Miami is still the city’s reigning champ. This cozy Cuban cafe in Little Havana doles out a variety of Cuban sandwiches—media noche, pan con bistec, pan con lechón—but its Cubano is what truly put them on the map. Part of the reason why this sandwich is special are the hours of prep that go into making each ingredient before it’s even assembled: the mustard is house-made, the pork is cured in-house, and the bread is baked to Sanguich’s specifications. Once it’s all put together, the Cubano is finished off in la plancha. Recently, Sanguich joined the Goldbelly bunch so now even far-flung friends can enjoy a taste.
What’s the first thing people-in-the-know do when they arrive in the Magic City? Not hit the best Miami beaches. Smart—and hungry— tourists fresh off the plane make a beeline to the nearest Cuban restaurant for a taste of the city’s most famous sandwich. But locals love Cubanos too. There’s nothing like crunching down on toasty bread and juicy pork. What qualifies a Cubano to be considered the best Cuban sandwich in Miami? Is it the ham, the roasted pork or both? Should it call for mustard or is plain better? We’re settling the debate by taste-testing the city’s supposed greatest—from South Beach to Little Havana—and ranking our favorites below.