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Where to Find New Orleans’s Best Cuban Sandwiches

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Sandwiches in New Orleans usually come in one of a few forms: po-boy, muffaletta, maybe even a banh mi. But the crave-able combination of a Cuban sandwich’s pulled pork, ham, mild white cheese, pickles, and mustard between halves of pressed bread, is also done expertly across the city, and thank goodness for that.

This list of the 13 best Cuban sandwiches in New Orleans ranges from those with lighter, moister Cuban bread, to the crunchier French po-boy style, and though the cheeses may vary between provolone and Swiss, none utilize the salami you’d find in your sandwich if in Tampa.

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Churros Cafe

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This Cuban cafe off Vets in Metairie is known as much for its black beans and donuts as its Cuban sandwich, so might as well get all three while you’re here. The sandwich is as traditional as it gets, though made with New Orleans-style French bread, and the layers are perfectly proportioned and pressed into a dense, buttery crust.

Luca Eats

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This friendly Uptown breakfast and lunch cafe opened in 2016 with a full menu of pressed sandwiches, and its $11 Cuban still manages to stand out among the options. Made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and perfectly pressed, Luca Eats will satisfy that tangy, savory Cuban craving. Also known for its Oreo beignets if you still have room for something sweet.

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El Libre

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After closing its original French Quarter location at the end of 2017, El Libre reopened on Calhoun Street last spring in a much bigger spot, the former Bud’s Broiler Uptown. Affordable and good at all the Cuban staples, you can also snag a perfect rum-based cocktail with your overflowing Cubano.

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Café Navarre

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Cafe Navarre is a Mid City gem, with a plant-covered patio perfect for a laid back breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch. Its Cuban is kind of like a pressed po-boy, less buttery or grill-marked than some on this list, though still well-proportioned and delicious. Also open seven days a week.

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Sarita's Grill

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With Cuban, Mexican & Central American all under one roof, Sarita’s is Latin food heaven. The Cuban sandwich, inexpensive at $6.95, is crunchy fresh goodness, and the margarita is not to be missed.

Que Rico! Cuban Cafe

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Que Rico! owners Iderlin Donna Rivera and her husband, Richard, recently relocated Uptown after nine years in Slidell, to a small space on the corner of Magazine and Milan Streets. And though it’s been less than five months, the place is hopping and a much-welcome addition to town, serving some of the best Cuban food in the city in a warm, family-friendly environment.

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Katie's

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The ever-reliable, welcoming neighborhood spot in Mid City serves what they call a Cajun Cuban, which isn’t all that Cajun other than the spices in the pulled pork, but is still very, very good. Stuffed full, it’s on the thicker side of the traditional sandwich, though still well-pressed.

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Norma's Sweets Bakery

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Inarguably one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. Norma’s is loved for so many things; its cakes and other sweets, its imported market goods, and its affordability, but its Cuban is a standout. More flaky, melty, and handheld than others on this list, and coming in under $7.

Cuban at Norma’s Sweets Bakery
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Mayas | Nuevo Latino Cocina

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Mayas Restaurant in the Lower Garden District has been serving Cuban staples since 2007, including an excellent Cuban sandwich (lunch only) made with roasted pork, ham, provolone cheese (instead of swiss), butter pickles, and mustard.

The Green Goddess

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Given that Green Goddess is one of few vegan and vegetarian havens in town, you might not expect to see it on a list for the distinctly meaty Cuban. But this romantic French Quarter courtyard spot puts an excellent twist on the sandwich, using pickled peppers, roasted pineapple, and manchego to achieve a familiar but fresh taste.

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Cochon Butcher

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Given Cochon Butcher’s combined specialties of pork and sandwiches, its no surprise the Cubano is exceptional, but it still deserves a call-out. The meats are simply a cut above, all made in-house and all mouth-watering.

Cuban at Cochon Butcher
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Cubamex Cuisine (formerly Holly’s Po-boys & Cuban Cuisine)

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This longtime Gretna spot with a new name (it used to be called Holly’s Po-Boys and Cuban Cuisine) is not to be overlooked on such a list. Again on the more buttery, compact side, Cubamex’s Cuban sandwich is a classic through and through. Get a cup of the great Cuban coffee to accompany.

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Manolito

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This French Quarter Havana-inspired bar and cafe was opened last year by Nick Detrich, who helped co-found Cane & Table, Chris Hannah, the famed head bartender from Arnaud’s French 75, and Konrad Kantor, formerly of El Libre, another Cuban favorite.. Though the main attraction at Manolito would have to be its cocktails, the food prepared by Cesar Nunez is worth your attention, especially the Cuban sandwich, pressed with mojo pork, ham, Swiss, and mustard, for $12.

Churros Cafe

This Cuban cafe off Vets in Metairie is known as much for its black beans and donuts as its Cuban sandwich, so might as well get all three while you’re here. The sandwich is as traditional as it gets, though made with New Orleans-style French bread, and the layers are perfectly proportioned and pressed into a dense, buttery crust.

Luca Eats

Luca Eats Cubano
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This friendly Uptown breakfast and lunch cafe opened in 2016 with a full menu of pressed sandwiches, and its $11 Cuban still manages to stand out among the options. Made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and perfectly pressed, Luca Eats will satisfy that tangy, savory Cuban craving. Also known for its Oreo beignets if you still have room for something sweet.

Luca Eats Cubano
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El Libre

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After closing its original French Quarter location at the end of 2017, El Libre reopened on Calhoun Street last spring in a much bigger spot, the former Bud’s Broiler Uptown. Affordable and good at all the Cuban staples, you can also snag a perfect rum-based cocktail with your overflowing Cubano.

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Café Navarre

Cafe Navarre’s cuban
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Cafe Navarre is a Mid City gem, with a plant-covered patio perfect for a laid back breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch. Its Cuban is kind of like a pressed po-boy, less buttery or grill-marked than some on this list, though still well-proportioned and delicious. Also open seven days a week.

Cafe Navarre’s cuban
Cafe Navarre/Facebook

Sarita's Grill

With Cuban, Mexican & Central American all under one roof, Sarita’s is Latin food heaven. The Cuban sandwich, inexpensive at $6.95, is crunchy fresh goodness, and the margarita is not to be missed.

Que Rico! Cuban Cafe

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Que Rico! owners Iderlin Donna Rivera and her husband, Richard, recently relocated Uptown after nine years in Slidell, to a small space on the corner of Magazine and Milan Streets. And though it’s been less than five months, the place is hopping and a much-welcome addition to town, serving some of the best Cuban food in the city in a warm, family-friendly environment.

https://www.facebook.com/179026262147646/photos/a.179026768814262/179028125480793/?type=3&theater

Katie's

Cajun cuban at Katie’s
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The ever-reliable, welcoming neighborhood spot in Mid City serves what they call a Cajun Cuban, which isn’t all that Cajun other than the spices in the pulled pork, but is still very, very good. Stuffed full, it’s on the thicker side of the traditional sandwich, though still well-pressed.

Cajun cuban at Katie’s
Katie’s/Facebook

Norma's Sweets Bakery

Cuban at Norma’s Sweets Bakery
Norma’s Sweets Bakery/Facebook

Inarguably one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. Norma’s is loved for so many things; its cakes and other sweets, its imported market goods, and its affordability, but its Cuban is a standout. More flaky, melty, and handheld than others on this list, and coming in under $7.

Cuban at Norma’s Sweets Bakery
Norma’s Sweets Bakery/Facebook

Mayas | Nuevo Latino Cocina

Mayas Restaurant in the Lower Garden District has been serving Cuban staples since 2007, including an excellent Cuban sandwich (lunch only) made with roasted pork, ham, provolone cheese (instead of swiss), butter pickles, and mustard.

The Green Goddess

Cuban Luau Sandwich
The Green Goddess/Facebook

Given that Green Goddess is one of few vegan and vegetarian havens in town, you might not expect to see it on a list for the distinctly meaty Cuban. But this romantic French Quarter courtyard spot puts an excellent twist on the sandwich, using pickled peppers, roasted pineapple, and manchego to achieve a familiar but fresh taste.

Cuban Luau Sandwich
The Green Goddess/Facebook

Cochon Butcher

Cuban at Cochon Butcher
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Given Cochon Butcher’s combined specialties of pork and sandwiches, its no surprise the Cubano is exceptional, but it still deserves a call-out. The meats are simply a cut above, all made in-house and all mouth-watering.

Cuban at Cochon Butcher
Cochon Butcher/Facebook

Cubamex Cuisine (formerly Holly’s Po-boys & Cuban Cuisine)

https://www.facebook.com/HollysPoboys/photos/a.1632594313655513/1638152149766396/?type=3&theater

This longtime Gretna spot with a new name (it used to be called Holly’s Po-Boys and Cuban Cuisine) is not to be overlooked on such a list. Again on the more buttery, compact side, Cubamex’s Cuban sandwich is a classic through and through. Get a cup of the great Cuban coffee to accompany.

https://www.facebook.com/HollysPoboys/photos/a.1632594313655513/1638152149766396/?type=3&theater

Manolito

This French Quarter Havana-inspired bar and cafe was opened last year by Nick Detrich, who helped co-found Cane & Table, Chris Hannah, the famed head bartender from Arnaud’s French 75, and Konrad Kantor, formerly of El Libre, another Cuban favorite.. Though the main attraction at Manolito would have to be its cocktails, the food prepared by Cesar Nunez is worth your attention, especially the Cuban sandwich, pressed with mojo pork, ham, Swiss, and mustard, for $12.

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