“Sanguich” is Cuban-speak for sandwich, and after a visit to this little gem, it will become part of your lexicon forever.
They started their business from a shipping container. Once they realized their sandwiches were a hit, they graduated to their brick and mortar flagship in Miami’s famed “Little Havana” neighborhood. The 750 square foot space complete with a “ventanita” or walk up window is an homage to Cuban style, from the Cuban tile to the salsa music to the wallpaper in the bathrooms. Its the kind of place that makes you want to linger. And linger I did for 3 full hours. The owners Daniel and Rosa shared their story with me while juggling their two adorable little girls, London and Juliette. Sanguich is most certainly a family affair and a labor of love.
But don’t expect the old run of the mill Cuban Sandwich. The ham used in the sandwiches is brined for seven days. The roast pork marinated for 24 hours. And the Cuban bread is baked fresh daily and exclusively for them by a baker in Homestead. Everything from the pickles to the mustard is homemade and one of the many reasons these sandwiches are so wow-worthy.
The owners worked on their recipes for a full year before turning them into a business. The concept is surprisingly simple: six sandwiches, a handful of tasty sides, and killer milkshakes in flavors like guava and cream cheese, yup, you heard right, and a Cuban coffee shake with a full colada inside.
I am still dreaming of their Cuban nachos made with their 24 hour pulled lechon on a bed of crispy plantain chips, topped with pickled onions and drizzled with garlic cilantro sauce. I mean, seriously, for this Cuban girl it was pure ambrosia. The Cuban sandwich was perfectly layered, crispy on the outside and hot all the way through (a cold middle is a pet peeve). The in-house made ingredients make all the difference. Their take on the Pan Con Bistec was equally delicious. I will be back there soon for the Pan Con Lechon which by all accounts is epic and the iconic Croqueta Preparada, one of my most nostalgic treats growing up. And those Cuban Nachos… well, my mouth will be watering for you until we meet again..
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