Oh yeah. Los Angeles. Yes.
We may not be splashing distance from Cuba, but thank goodness we have people who used to be.
Seen that deep purple building on the corner of Sunset and Reservoir (where you turn to get to Silver Lake Blvd.)? That’s Café Tropical, and in addition to having a truly surprising array of pastries, they serve what are arguably the best Cuban sandwiches west of Miami.
Sure, you can order the Cuban Mix, and it’s done up right, but I’ve always considered those to be … well, just a sandwich.
You can order up the incomparable Midnight (we professionals say Medianoche) and get something really worth eating. I recommend you ask for it “all the way,” which is how they say “everything on it” in Key West. Now you look like a real bigshot.
Ingredients: roasted pork, ham, cheese, some slices of pickle, on a special sweet bread. The sandwich is heat-pressed but it ain’t no Panini.
Aaaarch, my eyes roll up in my head just thinking about it.
Bonus: Prices are Dirt Cheap. Medianoche is $6.50 and it comes with free wifi.
2900 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Open every day from 6am – 10pm
(yeah, go get your Con Leche on before work)
Am I cheating by including this link to Yelp? Maybe. But I’m putting it at the end, and only because I couldn’t find a website for them.