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Cuban-ish special at Davenport Roadhouse

Melanie Wong | Jan 18, 201109:21 AM

Two weeks ago, my lunch stop on a drive down the coast was the wide spot in the road known as Davenport, just north of Santa Cruz. My quest was to try the wood-fired pizza here, but the mention of a Cuban-inspired sandwich recited as a lunch special diverted my attention.

The Cubano-inspired panini (sic), $13 featured chipotle-rubbed pork tenderloin, ham, swiss cheese, quince paste, daikon pickles on housebaked bread. It was accompanied by an excellent side salad.

This could have been a good sandwich, but the roast pork was so dry. The sharp acidity of the daikon pickles was barely tempered by the sweetness of the homemade quince paste. While the crusty bread was a far cry from the softness of Cuban bread, I could appreciate the high quality of the baking here.

The case featured an array of housebaked goods that I wished I’d had more time to explore. Davenport Roadhouse offers live music many evenings and various promotions, e.g., Taco Tuesdays to draw in the locals. What have others tried here?

Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn
1 Davenport Ave, Davenport, CA

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