With all this relatively warm weather recently, I have been hankerin' for some warmer clime foods. So Tuesday night I called Chez Henri for a takeout cuban sandwich. I was in the neighborhood and called from my car and miraculously found a parking spot fairly soon after calling.
I went into Chez Henri, was told 10 minutes, and walked to the little liquor store around the corner for cervesas. While they didn't have any Cuban offerings to my knowledge, I grabbed a 6 of Pacifico and was told to hit Montrose spa for limes. When I was there (7:30 PM) the guy was still making sandwiches so I ordered a Cuban to go with my limes. Grabbed the takeout from Chez Henri and drove back to Bay Village, quite giddy the whole time that I had two cubans and wasn't going to let the various traffic snafus spoil my mood. I think I ran to my apartment with the goods in hand. Getting inside, I opened the two little takeout boxes for the Chez Henri, telling Montrose he was on standby.
I must admit I was dissapointed with what I saw. The small salad of field greens which normally accompanies the sandwich (for $11.50) had been replaced by a small glop of overly dressed greens. And since it shares the box with the plaintain chips, 1/2 of those were a soggy mess too. To add insult to injury, they put the salsa for the chips directly on the chips - I thought it usually came on the side in a little container? Either way, neither of those apps would keep me away from the sandwich. My first bite however wasn't up to par - the bread was overly toasted and somewhat stale. And there was no spice! That is usually my favorite part about the sandwich. Spice, why hast thou forsaken me? The meats used were once again top shelf, I love their pork. Finally, one 1/2 of the sandwich seemed to be missing a good portion of the bottom piece of the bread. Alas, this time wasn't a complete loss but it was subpar considering the many perfect Cubans I've had there. In MB's post below, MB notes that the quality varies. C'est la vie. I'll return to see if they hit perfection again, but this incident marred by perfect record with them - what if after I rave about them one of my friends gets on of these instead of the normal masterpiece?
Purely for science and the tireless pursuit of Cuban sandwich perfection for the hounds, I ate about 1/2 the sandwich from Montrose. Very good. The meats were all sliced this, not the bigger hunks of pork (ie similar to pulled pork) found at El Oriental de Cuba or quite as good as the pork on the CH version, but quite tasty nonetheless (in fact, I just finished the 2nd half for lunch just now). The bread was perfect and pressed well. I like this $5 sandwich. It was better than Tuesday's CH version, but not up to CH's usual offering. The sandwich sign was for Boar's Head.
oh yeah, and the Pacifico's worked pretty well washing it all down.