The Cuban sandwich is the official food of Tampa but where can you find the best in the area? This is a sensitive subject because everyone has their favorites, but we’ve put together our own recommendations. Look into our details on the different spins each spot gives this signature sandwich. Check out our list of the best cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay.
La Segunda Bakery
If you’re looking for a traditional Cuban sandwich, look no further than La Segunda Bakery. This traditional bakery was established in 1915, right here in Tampa, Florida. Being a supplier of Cuban bread for shops around the state, La Segunda produces about 18,000 loaves a day! Their homemade bread makes this sandwich one of our favorites because you can tell that the ingredients are fresh.
Visit their Kennedy or Ybor location and St. Pete location coming soon. We recommend going to Kennedy for a sit-down experience, while Ybor City’s location is for to-go or party orders. Make sure to try their cookies and pastries as well!
Wright's Gourmet House
In the heart of South Tampa, you’ll find one of your new favorite sandwich shops, and a Tampa staple. Wright’s Gourmet serves an array of sandwiches (all customizable), salads, soups, and incredible desserts. You can’t go wrong with anything you order. We’ve tried just about everything they have to offer and have yet to be disappointed. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a phenomenal Cuban sandwich, you’ll realize you hit the jackpot at Wright’s Gourmet.
Bodega is a crowd favorite in St. Pete, known for long waits for their amazing food. Their Cuban and Puerto Rican menu is great for those who are new to Latin food and for those who are aficionados!
We love their Cuban sandwich because it includes extra mojo sauce, making it super flavorful. If you’re into Cuban sandwiches being pressed, this is also a great spot for you. We recommend grabbing a juice to go alongside your meal – their most popular being The Greengo with fresh apple and guarapo.
The Columbia Restaurant
Being the oldest restaurant in Tampa, The Columbia is a perfect representation of Tampa food. Opened in 1905, their Cuban sandwich is one of their original menu items. This longstanding sandwich is one of the most popular orders! Order this as a combo plate with their signature 1905 salad, which is prepared tableside for the freshest taste.
We love their Cuban sandwich because of how the flavors all melt together. Their Cuban is served traditional style, with no lettuce or tomato. Plus, their sandwich press combines the flavors perfectly into one cohesive sandwich.
The Cuban sandwich gets a welcome remix at Empamama’s! If you’re ever hanging out at Armature Works, definitely check out their Tampa Girl empanada. This fried treat is stuffed with roasted pork, honey ham, genoa salami, swiss cheese, pickles and “Tampa Girl” sauce.
We recommend ordering this empanada with a side of their amazing fries and the Bang Bang sauce. It may be a cheat meal on your calendar, but it is completely worth it.
The Stone Soup Company
If you’re looking for comfort food, this is the place to check out. The Stone Soup Company serves amazing homemade soups, salads, and an award-winning Cuban Sandwich. This delicious sandwich includes homemade mojo roasted pulled pork, ham, salami, mustard, mayo, pickles, and swiss cheese between delicious Cuban bread that’s brushed with butter and pressed. Try it for yourself and you’ll see why it’s the best.
While you’re at the Stone Soup Company, be sure to check out the bookshelf that will reveal the hidden SpookEasy Kava Lounge on the second floor. The SpookEasy is an alcohol-free speakeasy and known as the most haunted kava bar.
Aguila Sandwich Shop
Located in West Tampa, Aguila Sandwich Shop is a counter-service joint known for their sandwiches and traditional Cuban coffee. If you haven’t ventured into West Tampa, we highly recommend it if you are into Cuban food. Filled with many local Cuban restaurants, cafeterias, and bakeries.
Aguila Sandwich Shop serves great Cuban sandwiches, but also Cuban-style breakfast sandwiches. Get your favorites on Cuban bread and you will never get drive-thru breakfast again.
Cuban food in Tampa is like bagels in Brooklyn—everyone has a favorite and is happy to passionately discuss why their preferred spot is the best. We’re happy to share that Kuba’s Cocina is one of the top favorites of locals. We recommend grabbing a Cuban sandwich after a beach day!
West Tampa Sandwich Shop
This casual cafe has the best Cuban dishes and specialty sandwiches. They serve breakfast if you’re in the mood for some good food in the morning. We highly recommend the West Tampa Breakfast Special served with Cuban toast and a small café con leche. Their sandwiches are definitely something to brag about. You can get a Honey Cuban Sandwich which is a traditional sandwich with honey. It’s been approved by former President Barack Obama so it has to be good.
Located in Oldsmar, Cuban Breezes brings their flavors to the area. We love their spot because they marinate their shredded roast pork, versus using sliced pork. Their Cuban sandwich is also super cheap! We recommend ordering a sandwich and a couple of their ham croquetas. Use hot sauce on both and you’ll have a typical Tampa lunch.
When looking for the best cuban sandwiches in Tampa Bay, you have to include places that create their own rendition! Sunday’s Delicatessen is a signature local deli in Ybor City. We recommend this spot for their Spicy Cuban! You won’t find this anywhere else in Tampa Bay. The Spicy Cuban comes with habanero ham, pepperjack cheese, and spicy mayo.