Columbia Restaurant’s Cuban sandwich makes Food Network’s '100 Best' in America list

Served only on La Segunda's fresh bread.


Columbia Restaurant has been attracting national attention for decades now, but its most recent brush with fame was earlier this week, when its Cuban sandwich made the Food Network’s 100 Best Sandwiches in America list.

The caption below Columbia’s Cuban sandwich reads: “The Cuban sandwich is a misnomer on many levels — neither the sandwich itself nor its culturally diverse fillings originated in Cuba. It’s like an ode to the cultural fabric that made up its home city when it was created in 1915. Invented at Tampa’s Columbia Restaurant, the oldest dining establishment in the state, the iconic sandwich was actually called a mixto when it was first created.”

The sandwich consisting of salami, Spanish ham, Cuban-style pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and fresh bread can be found almost anywhere throughout the Tampa Bay area, but Columbia’s ranks supreme—at least according to the Food Network. 

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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