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Cuban sandwiches (at Tropicana in Tampa)--what am I missing?

AppleSister | Jun 1, 200406:35 PM     19

During a laid-back, Memorial Day weekend in Tampa, my friends and I hit three Chowhound recommendations, La Tropicana, Snack City, and Frenchy's in Clearwater. Snack City's ice cream was over-sweet for me, though Alfredo was friendly and enthusiastic about playing his CD and posing for a photo with some tourists, and so totally worth the trip. Frenchy's was the clear favorite, and the oysters stuffed with spinach and cheese were much better than I expected, being a fan of the clear, clean taste of raw oysters. The sunset over the beach didn't hurt either.

But what is the deal with Cuban sandwiches? I had one before in Puerto Rico off some random roadside stand and was unimpressed, but willing to try again at La Tropicana. It still just tasted like a ham sandwich to me, not bad, but not particularly great. Whenever someone says, "I don't like X food," I just think, well, she's probably never had a good version. So can someone tell me what he/she likes about a good Cuban sandwich?

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