Media Noche at Varadero

The city’s best Cuban sandwich can be found at this modest mom ’n’ pop restaurant, near Santa Fe Station. It’s a media noche—or “midnight sandwich”: pressed egg bread with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo. The quality of Varadero’s fragrant, juicy pork is what makes this sandwich so great. $6.75, 5081 N. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 100, 463-3609,

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