The Floridian is a ‘Fast-Casual’ sandwich shop in the Westshore District of Tampa and has snagged many ‘Best of” awards for its Cuban Sandwiches. Recently relocated across the street in a shiny new location, The Floridian – Finest Cuban Sandwiches on the Planet keeps up with its reputation.
It might not appear to be as ‘authentic’ in the Cuban ‘Mom & Pop’ shop department, but we did find the portions to be huge and the quality and overall food to be really, really good.
We arrived for lunch on Sunday just as they were winding down from the rush and the beginning of another. We were impressed at how well they kept the line moving, even while short-staffed at the counter. Ordering was quick and friendly and we loved all the additional toppings they offer to customize the sandwich.
Yeah, we know that changing the toppings really changes it from being a ‘Cuban Sandwich’ to a close cousin, but variety can be quite tasty too.
We both ordered the 7″ Cuban sandwich Combo ($9.99) with one side. My sandwich was ‘classic’ with Ham, Mojo spiced Pork, Genoa Salami, Imported Swiss Cheese, Dill Pickle & Mayo/Mustard Mix. Jeff added onions and banana peppers at no additional charge. I ordered the fresh cut fries for my side and Jeff decided on the black beans.
Hot off the sandwich press, we were amazed on how thick these sandwiches were. Loaded with high quality meats, we really liked the flavor.
The cheese was perfectly melted and the crisp bread gave the classic Cuban sandwich texture we all love. We both liked that they didn’t over-do the mayo/mustard, which helped the sandwich stay together nicely.
The sides were both great choices, but really not needed due to the huge sandwich. The fries were fresh out of the fryer and a large enough portion to share. The black beans had a nice spice to them and were not too watery.
We will definitely be back to The Floridian – Finest Cuban Sandwiches on the Planet. You could easily eat here often and always change up the sandwich options so that it’s a new taste every time. They do have other menu items as well as breakfast sandwiches.
The Floridian – Finest Cuban Sandwiches on the Planet is located at 4534 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609