Roberto Nieto’s restaurant, sitting in a small strip mall, is very much a family affair. While the elder Nieto cooks in the kitchen, his wife, Mayra, greets arrivals and his sons wait tables. The devotion extends to the menu, which starts right as you settle in the booth: a plate of tortilla chips and fresh salsa. Their Cuban sandwich is massive, piled with ham, Swiss cheese, pork and pickles, but hungrier eaters should chow on ropa vieja, shredded beef cooked in tomato sauce with onions and bell peppers; and their vaca frita, a grilled flank steak topped with onions. And thank Nieto’s partner, a Mexican chef, for the menu’s savory tacos, enchiladas and burritos.
Everything Fuego does is scrumptious – their Facebook page looks like food porn paradise – but they seem to produce the tastiest Cuban Sandwich with impressive regularity. In short, they got El Cubano down (hint: it’s all about how you cut the pork and ham). Even better, pair the sandwich with one of Fuego’s signature margaritas.
Fuego Latino, 1417 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park; 954-351-7754; fuegolatinoonline.com
BEST CUBAN SANDWICH FINALISTS:
- Versailles, 3555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-444-0240; versaillesrestaurant.com
- Little Havana Restaurant, 12727 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; 305-899-9069; littlehavanarestaurant.com
BEST CUBAN RESTAURANT FINALISTS:
- Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, Several locations; lasvegascubancuisine.com
- Versailles, Miami, 3555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-444-0240; versaillesrestaurant.com