The Nine Best Cuban Sandwiches in Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Uber's Cuban comes with some of the best fries you'll find.
Cuban sandwiches have been sliding off sandwich presses all over Dallas lately. They're appearing on menus of taverns as pub grub and they're coming out of fine dining kitchens with a brand new pedigree. They're emerging from tiny takeouts, and that's before you look at the Cuban sandwiches that have been available here for years. Dallas is in the midst of a Cuban sandwich glut, or bubble, and this is a delicious problem to have.

Take a bite from one and you'll see why the sandwich is becoming as ubiquitous as the turkey club. The Cuban could one day rival the Reuben or even the burger simply because of its construction. It's the pickles and mustard that make it interesting, it's the pork and the ham that make it decadent, and it's the structural characteristics -- the pressing, toasting and melted cheese -- that bring everything together.

Here are some of my favorites in Dallas. Click through at your own risk. You will leave this page hungry.

Uncle Uber's (Pictured above)
During the week, Uncle Uber's is absolutely packed with office lunchers who come and order burgers, clubs and pastrami on rye, piled high. But the smart money is on the Cuban with a side order of deeply browned french fries.

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If you're downtown, CBD has your Cuban fix
CBD Provisions
This sandwich is heaped with house-roasted pork onto a roll slathered with a jalapeño mustard and topped with country ham. The bread-and-butter pickles are house made, too. They're sweeter than what's typically used for a Cuban sandwich, but it works, especially with the heat from that mustard. And while most places that toss a Cuban together use cheap, flavorless Swiss cheese for glue, the sandwich at CBD makes use of stuff that packs a sweet, nutty punch.

*****

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The Cuban at the Whistling Pig will hit you like a brick. In a good way.
Whistling Pig
You'll need to be careful with this heavyweight Cuban served at the newly opened Whistling Pig. It stacks thick pickle slices and lots of pork, ham and cheese between two slices of buttery bread. It's dense, but it has big flavors, too. Finish one with a beer and leave with a sense of accomplishment.

*****

You'll have to eat this one outside, but do so with a bottle of Coke and you'll be just fine.
¡C. Senor!
This little takeout spot opened recently and already has a reputation for some seriously decadent creations. The Cuban here is top rate, and likely the best on this list. (Eat all nine back to back and let me know.) If you're in Oak Cliff and the weather is agreeable, grab a medio litro of Coca-Cola and snag a seat at the nearby tables. Let the sun beat down and... actually, does anyone know where can you get a mojito around here?

*****

Location Info

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Whistling Pig

8786 Ferguson Rd, Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cuban Dulceria International Bakery

2662 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
mccullar.michael
mccullar.michael

The Latin Pig in Plano on Parker and Custer serves an awesome Cuban sandwich.

mikerostx
mikerostx

A true authentic Cuban restaurant that was totally forgotten from this list is Caribbean Cafe in Carrollton... :'(

sarahstrat
sarahstrat

You have GOT to add East Hampton Sandwich Company. Their Cuban is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.

NakedTuna
NakedTuna

Interesting... a Cuban sandwich list with minimal actual Cuban restaurants....


"Top 10 places for white people to grab a sandwich"

Charlie
Charlie

Had a Cuban last night at Canne Rosso in Fort Worth.  Eating the other half for lunch today.  Was amazing.

ellenbrown0906
ellenbrown0906

Where do you get a Cuban at the State Fair?  It's almost time and I would like to add it to my list of "must eat"s!

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

I am curious....did you try the cuban at "Havanna Cafe" (nwc buckner and Garland)...or the cuban at the Latin Deli (NWH and Abrams) ?


If not, why not....if so, how do they rate in your scale ?


Thanks

margiehubbard
margiehubbard

@Charlie I've had the cuban at the Cane Rosso by White Rock lake and you're right.  It's huge and amazing!

Wineaux
Wineaux

@CitizenKane  A friend and I have been on a Cuban sandwich tour for a few weeks. Havana Café was not good at all, in our opinion. Is was incredibly salty and the cheese was definitely not Swiss.

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