The best Cuban sandwich I've ever had was from a laundromat on White Street in Key West.
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How did this happen? How is this possible? Out of the dozens and dozens of joints where I've tried the Cuban sandwich (marinated roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard grilled on Cuban bread), how can a place that operates out of a laundromat make the best one?
Honestly, I have no idea. But they do.
I've been to Key West a whole bunch of times, and Cuban food is a mainstay down there. And the Cuban sandwich is offered at probably a hundred different places in town. And thousands and thousands more in Florida and it is ever-expanding northward. My local deli in town here on Long Island makes a Cuban Sandwich. It's decent and it will do in a pinch, but it ain't a Cuban from Sandy's Cafe in Key West. That's for sure. I don't have a picture of one that I've ordered myself, but click here to see what the rather plain-looking sandwich, er, looks like.
I guess the most important thing is not how they make the best Cuban sandwich, but simply that they do it.
If you ever find yourself in Key West, take a stroll up US 1 and turn onto White Street for a block or so until you see the M&M Laundry. You'll know that a great sandwich is yours to have in mere minutes from there.