Cuban Sammies Suit a Cold Day

Strip shopping center eatery serves up a taste of the tropics.

P1010494Denver’s Cuba Cuba has been serving super mojitos and other rum drinks, and good Cuban fare for more than a decade. Located in an old cottage, it was a pioneering restaurant in the Golden Triangle. Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, its younger sib, opened in Boulder last summer, and it’s taken a cold day in December to motivate us to give it a try.

Bright topical colors, Cuban music, antiqued wooden chairs, large-format photos of a decaying island capital and ancient cars do a decent job of evoking Havana in a strip shopping center in Colorado. Hard edges and a loud late lunchtime crowd made it difficult to carry on a non-shouted conversation, but otherwise, it was a congenial place for a mid-day meal. Only the blast of icy air when a door was opened brought the ambiance back to snowy Colorado.

Sides included tasty black beans and  Cuban fries that tasted like regular, limp fries.

Sides included tasty black beans and Cuban fries that tasted like regular, limp fries.

The Cubano, the signature sandwich wih roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.

The Cubano, the signature sandwich wih roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.

 

The Minuta de Pescado, a pressed sandwich filled with crispy mahi tempura, cabbage slaw and habanero aoili on whole-grain bread.

The Cubano, the signature pressed sandwich with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.

Price check: Sandwiches, $7; plates, $7-$8 including rice and black beans; sides, $2-$2.50; dessert, $3.25.

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