The Ultimate: Cuban Sandwich
Havana may be nearly 1,500 miles away, but the Hub has some very serious Cuban sandwiches of its own.
Though French-Cuban bistro CHEZ HENRI serves plenty of fine fare, the pressed Cubano â€” available on the bar menu only â€” is the plate that keeps â€™em coming back. Maybe itâ€™s the buttery baguette, packed with generous slabs of smoked ham and slow-roasted pork shoulder. Maybe itâ€™s the way the panini press somehow seems to melt the GruyÃ¨re cheese into the meat, or the way the ultrathin, tart cornichons become embedded in the belly of the bread. Regardless, the big-enough-for-two sammie, served with sides of salsa and chipotle aioli and heaps of fried plaintain chips, bests every other version in town. One Shepard St., Cambridge, 617-354-8980, chezhenri.com.
Some of North Endâ€™s finest meats are served inside Volle Nolleâ€™s Cuban: sweet pulled pork, moist Black Forest ham, and shreds of salami, all dressed with a spicy mayo/mustard spread. Our only regret? The small serving feels more like a snack than a meal. 351 Hanover, Boston, 617-523-0003.
El Oriental de Cuba**
While we liked the option of throwing favorite fixings â€” lettuce, tomatoes, onions â€” atop a solid traditional Cuban, the roll seemed lacking in freshness and flavor. 416 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-6464, elorientaldecuba.com.
The toasted slices of Eastern Standardâ€™s signature bread strayed too far from traditional Cubano roll. Plus, the thin sandwich, though flavorful, could have been beefed up with a bit more meat. 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com.
Mike & Pattyâ€™s*
After a couple of bites, the artisan sandwich built with pulled pork and shredded ham made for a messy meal. A little less yellow mustard might have made all the difference. 12 Church St., Boston, 617-423-3447, mikeandpattys.com.
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