I was in the mood for a Cuban sandwich the other day, so I headed over to the Florida Cafe , located in a Howard Johnson's on Las Vegas Blvd, between the Strip and downtown, a bit north of the Strat.
This is the real deal -- a Cuban restaurant run by Cubans, with lots of Cuban customers. The sandwich had roast pork, ham, and cheese, with pickles and mustard on a standard Cuban roll -- light crispy outside, poofy inside. I had them hold the pickles and add mayo and grilled onions. The sandwich was pressed thin of course. Instead of the usual accompanying fries, I opted for plantain chips (mariquitas) served with a tasty garlic sauce.
Probably the best Cuban I've had -- great flavor, quality ingredients. Nice service, pleasant coffee-shop atmosphere. The waiter made me a fresh-squeezed limeade even though it wasn't on the menu.
I've been there before, and will go again. Lots of other interesting stuff on the menu: http://floridacafecuban.com/
Cuban Restaurant-Florida Cafe
1401 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89104