The classic Cuban sandwich is with roast pork, ham, Swiss, pickles, mustard and it is pressed so the cheese is all melty and the exterior is crisp and toasty. I think it is a fabulous sandwich and order it whenever I see it on a menu. Chez Henri’s version is often touted as Boston’s best Cuban, but I thought it was overpriced ($14) and only okay.
I love El Oriental de Cuba’s version ($8) and whenever I’m in JP, I try to swing by for a fix.
My interest was piqued when I saw Boston’s best Cuban as a subject line on Chow.com. Someone raved about the version at Gustazo, so I put it on my 2012 to go list and now I can finally check it off. Brian and I had the restaurant to ourselves during lunch. It’s a small space, so it was a good thing it was empty so that there was room for the baby carriage.
I got the Cuban ($9.5), which came with plantain chips and Bri got Pan con lechon($8.5), a slow roasted pork sandwich with onions and mojo sauce. His was served with a side salad topped with avocado and pineapple. Both sandwiches were excellent; but we agreed the Cuban had the edge. Bri said, “great sandwich, but it could use more pickles.” He also thought my chips were in need of a dipping sauce and his dressing was too acidic. I agree that the plantain chips needed something, but I thought his salad was great.
Our server was a little too attentive – he checked in four times if we wanted dessert. I think that was a consequence of the empty restaurant. By the fourth time I told him we weren’t having dessert just to get him to lay off. It’s too bad; I might have been interested in the flan or avocado panna cotta.