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Best Sandwiches in America 2015: Cuban

Best Sandwiches in America 2015: Cuban

Who makes the best sandwich? Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff narrowed down the large field in our Best Sandwiches in America contest to 18 finalists. See all winners >>

Winner: The Cubano

Restaurant: River Roast, Chicago

Sandwich Creator: Chef John Hogan

Inspiration: The restaurant, which specializes in roast meats, created this sandwich for a staff meal to utilize leftover roast pork. It eventually found its way to the menu.

Key Ingredients: Pork loin, ham, house-made chorizo, Chihuahua cheese, pickle and horseradish sauce

Price: $12

Food Cost: $3.39

What the Judges Said: There were so many terrific Cuban sandwiches entered, but Hogan’s sandwich stood out. The house-brined and smoked pork, combined with sweet and smoky Nueske’s ham, would make a terrific sandwich on its own. But the addition of house-made chorizo left all the other sandwiches in the dust. Another nice touch was the use of Chihuahua cheese and horseradish sauce, something for the rest of you to consider.

Honorable Mentions:
• Barbecuban: The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville
• Havana Hottie: Datz, Tampa FL
• Yinzer Cubano: Lone Wolf, Farmington, PA

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