When you’re in Miami and you want Cuban food, you head to Calle Ocho. Located in Little Havana, the street is known for its cigars, coffee, and, of course, giant roosters. And, as of this month, it’s where you’ll find the new permanent residence of the newly beloved Sanguich de Miami.
The space–a tight and tidy 750-square-feet–comes complete with a handful of two-tops and a long counter. Whereas its last iteration was more of a grab-and-go type of joint, you can (and will want to) linger here a little longer. The restaurant is a charming throwback to 1900s Spanish architecture. There are Cuban tiles, brass fixtures, ornate tropical-inspired wallpapers for you to simply appreciate or use as Instagram backdrops. Sanguich has come a long way in a short time–it’s original home was a shipping container, albeit a very nicely renovated one.
As for the food, expect more of the delicious same. The name of the game here is, as you might have surmised, sandwiches. Their menu sticks to a tight five options, the most notable of which are likely their Pan Con Bistec (made with sliced top round, mojo rojo, string potatoes with fontina cheese) and, then there’s El Cubano (spiced city ham, pork, Swiss cheese, homemade pickles, mustard). Everything is made in-house from start to finish, from the marinades to the brines. Even their Cuban-style bread–baked crispy and pressed thin–is their own.
But it’s not just about the sandwiches. People come here for the drinks. Batidos, to be exact. These Cuban milkshakes come in flavors that expand far beyond the usual chocolate/vanilla/strawberry. Guava cream cheese? It’s a thing. Sanguiches shakes are delicious and, without a doubt, a heavy but necessary way to end a meal. If you’re feeling like you could use a nap, hey, that’s what a café Cubano is for.
Sanguich de Miami
2057 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135