On the Road

On the Road with Bryan Roof: Episode 4, Tampa

Bryan Roof visits Ybor City, Tampa, and discovers what makes the very best Cuban sandwich.

Published Dec. 7, 2022.

What makes a truly great Cuban sandwich? Is it the bright yellow mustard, the tender roast pork and ham, or perhaps the freshly baked Cuban bread? Well, the answer varies depending on whom you ask. 

Nevertheless, this was the question that propelled Cook’s Country’s Editorial Director Bryan Roof to Tampa’s Ybor City, to discover the roots of this classic sandwich. As Bryan learned at Ybor City’s famed Cuban sandwich festival, the riffs on this sandwich are as plentiful as its many legendary origin stories, each as delicious as the tale that accompanies it.

Visit the kitchens of Cuban sandwich legendaries like Columbia Restaurant and La Segunda Bakery with Bryan in the video below.

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