The Cuban Sandwich War between Tampa and Miami has escalated as Tampa has gone ahead and proclaimed itself to be the sandwich’s inventor. While the issue of where the Cuban Sandwich originated may never be resolved satisfactorily, I can tell you one thing for certain: Cuban Sandwiches do not have salami or mayonnaise!
Via the Miami Herald, where you can also register your vote:
The Cuban Sandwich Crisis: Which City in Florida Has the Legitimate Claim to the Cuban Sandwich?
Call it the Cuban Sandwich Crisis. Two cities, Tampa and Miami, are locked in a battle to claim the Cuban sandwich as its own.
A Cuban sandwich is shredded pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and dill pickles – served either cold or hot-pressed on Cuban bread. Think of it as the ham-and-cheese for the guayabera set.
Tampa’s version includes salami. Each city uses differently-shaped bread. You might find mayo on the sandwich in Tampa. Those are about the only substantive differences.
Most food historians agree the sandwich was invented in Tampa’s Ybor City. On Thursday, the Tampa City Council officially renamed it the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich.”
Thus, the gauntlet was thrown.
“Oh. Wow,’’ Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said. “Tampa certainly has a tradition, but salami is for pizza.’’
So our newsrooms — WLRN in Miami and WUSF in Tampa — have taken it upon ourselves to settle this debate, with your help. We are engaged in an air war and cyberbattle to determine, “¿Quien es mas macho?”
The rules for this are simple: 300 words or less online, and 100 seconds of audio in a virtual taste test.
So, who has better claim? Cast your vote now.
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