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Cuban Sandwich Cafe – A NE Austin Neighborhood Gem

21 June 2011 2,468 views 19 Comments

If you haven’t yet been to Cuban Sandwich Cafe, add it to your “to try” for breakfast and lunch list. This mom and pop shop is unassuming, located in a strip mall in the Windsor Park area of Austin next to a storefront church, and makes truly memorable breakfast pastries and sandwiches.

Cuba Sandwich Cafe Storefront

Below is a selection of the breakfast pastries that a group of us shared. I can’t remember what the total price was for these, but I do remember being surprised by how inexpensive they were. We sipped our Cuban coffees and tore pieces of these to share until there was nothing left in the box.

Assorted Pastries

The most killer dish I’ve had at Cuban Sandwich Cafe is this cubano sandwich, made with fresh bread baked from scratch, ham, swiss cheese, pork, mayo, mustard and pickles. Try a bite of this sandwich and you will be saying to yourself (or aloud), “day-am.” It’s that good.

cubano sandwich

Head over to Cuban Sandwich Cafe, located East of I-35 in between the 51st St. and 290E exit. It’s a lot closer to home than flying to Cuba, or even Miami, to get a decent Cuban sandwich.

cuba sandwich cafe taste from cuba

Are there any other decent Cuban restaurants in Austin that you recommend?

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  • marcoskirsch

    Cheap pastries and awesome bolillos at Chuy's Bakery. Have you been?

  • jodibart

    I haven't been to Chuy's Bakery yet but it's on my list!

  • marcoskirsch

    Cheap pastries and awesome bolillos at Chuy's Bakery. Have you been?

  • jodibart

    I haven't been to Chuy's Bakery yet but it's on my list!

  • http://adamnorwood.com/ Adam Norwood

    Awesome, Jodi — I spotted this place on Google Maps just last week when looking for a friend's house near there, and was wondering if it was worth checking out! One of the only things I miss about my short stint living in Florida was being able to get a good Cubano sandwich. I'll be sure to go by soon to investigate.

    I've had some good things at Habana (the south one at least…the “Calle 6″ location never impressed me), and while they're obviously more Colombian than Cuban, Casa Colombia has some Cuban dishes on the menu that are very tasty (try the ropa vieja).

  • South Austin Foodie

    I had no idea this place existed! My friend who used to live in Florida will be excited! Thanks! :)

  • jodibart

    Good reminders, Adam. The one memorable item I enjoyed at Calle 6 is the tres leches. It was out of this world!

  • jodibart

    Glad to share. Let me know what you think, Susanna!

  • jodibart

    Good reminders, Adam. The one memorable item I enjoyed at Calle 6 is the tres leches. It was out of this world!

  • jodibart

    Glad to share. Let me know what you think, Susanna!

  • Laura Looney

    I ate here a few months ago and was unimpressed. When my boyfriend and I arrived the proprietor was more interested in trying to hawk one of his empty pastry displays than pay attention to customers. We stood around a good 10-15 minutes before he even acknowledged our presence. When it finally came our turn to order we discovered that the gentleman in front of us had ordered what was left of the sandwich we both had our eyes on. To be fair he did order about 4 or 5 sandwiches. Then it took another 20 minutes to receive our orders. This was utterly ridiculous since the sandwiches are small, barely toasted, and served with bags of potato chips. A true Cuban sandwich is overflowing with meat and flavor and this was nothing more than an overpriced poorly executed imitation.

  • Laura Looney

    I ate here a few months ago and was unimpressed. When my boyfriend and I arrived the proprietor was more interested in trying to hawk one of his empty pastry displays than pay attention to customers. We stood around a good 10-15 minutes before he even acknowledged our presence. When it finally came our turn to order we discovered that the gentleman in front of us had ordered what was left of the sandwich we both had our eyes on. To be fair he did order about 4 or 5 sandwiches. Then it took another 20 minutes to receive our orders. This was utterly ridiculous since the sandwiches are small, barely toasted, and served with bags of potato chips. A true Cuban sandwich is overflowing with meat and flavor and this was nothing more than an overpriced poorly executed imitation.

  • Laura Looney

    I ate here a few months ago and was unimpressed. When my boyfriend and I arrived the proprietor was more interested in trying to hawk one of his empty pastry displays than pay attention to customers. We stood around a good 10-15 minutes before he even acknowledged our presence. When it finally came our turn to order we discovered that the gentleman in front of us had ordered what was left of the sandwich we both had our eyes on. To be fair he did order about 4 or 5 sandwiches. Then it took another 20 minutes to receive our orders. This was utterly ridiculous since the sandwiches are small, barely toasted, and served with bags of potato chips. A true Cuban sandwich is overflowing with meat and flavor and this was nothing more than an overpriced poorly executed imitation.

  • Laura Looney

    I ate here a few months ago and was unimpressed. When my boyfriend and I arrived the proprietor was more interested in trying to hawk one of his empty pastry displays than pay attention to customers. We stood around a good 10-15 minutes before he even acknowledged our presence. When it finally came our turn to order we discovered that the gentleman in front of us had ordered what was left of the sandwich we both had our eyes on. To be fair he did order about 4 or 5 sandwiches. Then it took another 20 minutes to receive our orders. This was utterly ridiculous since the sandwiches are small, barely toasted, and served with bags of potato chips. A true Cuban sandwich is overflowing with meat and flavor and this was nothing more than an overpriced poorly executed imitation.

  • Laura Looney

    I ate here a few months ago and was unimpressed. When my boyfriend and I arrived the proprietor was more interested in trying to hawk one of his empty pastry displays than pay attention to customers. We stood around a good 10-15 minutes before he even acknowledged our presence. When it finally came our turn to order we discovered that the gentleman in front of us had ordered what was left of the sandwich we both had our eyes on. To be fair he did order about 4 or 5 sandwiches. Then it took another 20 minutes to receive our orders. This was utterly ridiculous since the sandwiches are small, barely toasted, and served with bags of potato chips. A true Cuban sandwich is overflowing with meat and flavor and this was nothing more than an overpriced poorly executed imitation.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    I'm interested to hear what you think about Chuy's. We're not sold on the cookies or turnovers, but the bolillos are great.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    I'm interested to hear what you think about Chuy's. We're not sold on the cookies or turnovers, but the bolillos are great.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    I'm interested to hear what you think about Chuy's. We're not sold on the cookies or turnovers, but the bolillos are great.

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