cuban sandwich

Many dining-inclined minds arrive at Winter Haven Hotel with one main goal  in mind: To find the best Cuban sandwich in Miami. Since our local culture draws influence from all things Cubano, we thought it’d be helpful to share some local knowledge on what’s what in the neighborhood.

Local competition on the Cuban sandwich front is fierce. In assessing the different variations of roasted pork, cheese, pickles and yellow mustard, we gauge the quality of ingredients, proportions, and that certain je ne se qua that runs through your body after the right first bite.

Without further ado, here’s the Winter Haven Hotel guide to the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami:

Puerto Sagua

The long triangular halves of a Puerto Sagua Cuban sandwich are a well-known culinary staple in Miami Beach. An astoundingly authentic and flavorful shop, this small restaurant seems to know exactly how the Cuban sandwich is supposed to be made. The bread they use is the perfect balance of doughiness and crispness. The pork and ham are prepared with just the right amount of heat and seasoning and their condiment game is on point. Puerto Sagua also serves up other Caribbean favorites like ropa vieja, roasted chicken, stuffed yuca and fried plantains.

Puerto Sagua
700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139


Playa Cafe

Playa Cafe is the small, authentic, familial restaurant that a foodie would expect to serve the best Cuban sandwich in Miami. The Cuban itself comes with a melted swiss, thick cuts of ham and some more of that incredibly sweet bread. Playa Cafe also covers the sandwich in french fries, providing a nice crunch to accompany those pickles. Down one of these bad boys alongside some fresh juice and you’ll have completed your search for great Cuban food in Miami Beach. Some other can’t-miss selections from Playa Cafe include the Cuban chicken soup, pupusas and fried plantains.

Playa Cafe
1515 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139


Jimmy’z Kitchen

The South Beach location of Jimmy’z Kitchen makes some of the best sandwiches in town. The seared tuna, steak sandwich, and hummus with tomato and cucumber salad are all knockout menu items. In addition to this enticing selection, Jimmy’z Kitchen also makes one incredible Cuban sandwich. Featuring all the classic fixings on high-quality Cuban bread, this spot is an ideal option for a quality Cubano and a wide variety of equally delicious sandwiches.

Jimmy’z Kitchen – SoBe
1542 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139


Havana 1957

This restaurant is an old-style Cuban joint with arguably the city’s most expansive and high-quality collection of Cuban entrees. The Havana 1957 Sandwich is a local favorite, featuring roasted chicken in Cuban gravy. Visit Havana 1957 for a delicious, Cuban-inspired meal and quite possibly the best Cuban sandwich in Miami.

Havana 1957 – Brickell
1451 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
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