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The Cuban Key West: The Best Cuban Sandwiches on Key West

January 18th , 2017 | Food & Dining
The Cuban Key West: The Best Cuban Sandwiches on Key West

photo by Tammy Gordon

As you’ve probably noticed, we at 24 North have quite an affinity for our southern neighbors. After all, we do share the same degree on the map. We also share a love of Cuban cuisine – specifically Cuban sandwiches. A little sweet, a little sour, a little savory – the Cuban sandwich has all of our favorite flavors in one. Luckily for us, we live on an island that has some of the most authentic ones outside of La Habana. Here’s where we go when we’re craving a Cuban:

5 Brothers Grocery
930 Southard Street
Key West, Florida 33040

Since 1978, 5 Brothers has been many locals’ favorite spot for both Cuban coffee and its famous Cuban sandwich. Some even go as far to claim that it’s the best Cuban sandwich they’ve ever had. If you arrive in the morning, don’t be surprised to see a line wrapping around the building. That’s for the coffee. If you’re going for a sandwich, you can waltz right through the door and order directly at the cash register.

El Siboney
900 Catherine Street
Key West, Florida 33040

Located in Old Town and fashioned out of an old house, El Siboney is another Conch establishment known for their Cuban sandwich. With its authentic, family-style atmosphere, El Siboney has long been a Key West staple, and not just for its Cuban mix, but also for it’s other homemade Cuban cuisine. If you can part with the sandwich for a day, try some of El Siboney’s other specialties, like their roast pork or their skirt steak.

Frita’s
425 Southard Street
Key West, Florida 33040

This quaint little storefront might be known for its Cuban burgers, but that doesn’t mean its Cuban sandwiches aren’t up to snuff. With its fusion of Cuban and American cuisine, Frita’s walks a delicious line between the two cultures. To top it off there’s also a good selection of other Latin American and Caribbean food at this cute spot off the beaten path. Try the tacos.

Cuban Coffee Queen
284 Margaret Street
Key West, Florida 33040

By now it’s no secret how addicted we are to the sandwiches from Cuban Coffee Queen. They’re hot, fresh – and filling. And while we may not like to share our Cuban sandwich, at Cuban Coffee Queen we usually have to. It’s a good problem to have. Lucky for us, the original Cuban Coffee Queen is close to the 24 North shuttle.





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