Dear foodie friends: This is a photo of a Cuban sandwich made by The Columbia Restaurant (original in Tampa). They seem to claim to have invented it. In the old days it was the properted “Mafia Capitol” of Florida. A friend brought sandwiches from there a couple days ago and I seared them and flattened them to finish them off. Oh my. The best sandwich I have EVER had. Cuban bread which is different than Italian or French, Genoa Salami, good ham, marinated and roasted pork, Swiss Cheese, pickle and a little mustard. I hate mustard but it fit on this sandwich and I consumed it without a gripe.
This is not the actual sandwich my friend Judi brought but it is one from The Columbia. I have had other Cuban sandwiches, have made my own using homemade Cuban bread but nothing could possibly beat the sandwich I ate a few days ago. Served with Plantain chips of course! Belongs in the food hall of fame.