My Favorite Florida Sandwiches

Benjamin Cory Harow knows that aside from the pristine beaches, world renown theme parks and gorgeous weather, Florida has an array of amazing food spots to satisfy cravings of locals and tourists alike. Some of the best delights can be found in the Sunshine State, whether it is the famous Cuban sandwich found all over, to the classic New York sub. Florida is a hub for amazing sandwiches, with every restaurant packing its own flavor and placing its own stamp on their product.

Right outside of Little Havana and a short trip from Miami International Airport, Versailles Cuban Cuisine is historically known as Miami’s most authentic Cuban restaurant. Here is where the staple Cuban sandwich is made, a combination of pernil (roasted pork shoulder), ham, Swiss Cheese, pickles and mustard between buttered and pressed Cuban bread. Served with a side of tostones (fried and mashed green plantains), this sandwich is a must have for any Miami visitor.

On the other side of the bay, along Miami’s South Beach, a French delicatessen with three shops in the city serves magnificent sandwiches with a European flavor. La Sandwicherie is known for its soft French bread sandwiches, including The Napoli, which includes fresh prosciutto and mozzarella. An added topping of the restaurant’s world famous vinaigrette is a must-have. This is one of Cory Harow’s favorite sandwiches.

About three and a half-hours away in Orlando, a creative sandwich shop with overnight hours catering to Downtown bar hoppers serves up wonders between bread. Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria has a plethora of good eats and out-of-the-box sandwiches. One of them being The Billy Chang which includes smoked brisket, blue cheese, strawberry jelly and red onions. With amazing funky sandwiches, Pom Pom’s keeps people coming back for new taste and unique flavors.

For those captivated by Latin cuisine, Orlando has a tight grasp on the food truck and counter sandwich shop business. With flavors ranging from Caribbean to South American, options are endless and the pride is felt in each bite. Close to Universal Studios, Chimiking hosts savory Dominican sandwiches, “Pierna de Cerdo” (Pork Leg), is a slow roasted pork sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato and onions and mayo ketchup, a sauce commonly used in Latin sandwiches that creates a sweet taste on top of the meat.

On the gulf coast of Florida, in Naples, a family owned sandwich shop brings the classic New York taste to the Sunshine state with Pastrami Dan’s open faced pastrami sandwiches. Similar to the delicatessen of the Big Apple, these meat loaded sandwiches come served on rye or roll, with the classic mustard and pickle on the side.

Another Naples classic with a New York feel is Napoli on the bay, an Italian restaurant and deli which has a great selection of hot and cold sandwiches, like the chicken parmesan or California sandwich. The name is self-explanatory, this restaurant is a short walk to the bay and is a great choice for those looking for a quick bite with a great view.


Florida’s Hidden Cusine Secrets

There are thousands of restaurants to choose from when picking from online menus. Given that the nation is still somewhat shut down due to the pandemic, it’s important to support small businesses in any way possible. People like Chanoch Harow enjoy supporting these restaurants because they really need as much help as possible during the nationwide shit down. Ordering takeout and tipping on these orders really shows that the restaurant and communities are cared about in Florida. 


This is a sushi restaurant that features Japanese style courses and meals. It is located in Orlando, Floria, and has a sushi or sake bar. They have won the following award since 2017; Scoot Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide: KAndance (2019), 2019 Dining Awards: Critic’s Choice for Best Japanese (Orlando Magazine, 2019), 21 Best Restaurants in Orlando, Florida (Conde Nast Traveler, 2019), Foodie Awards: restaurant of the Year (Orlando Sentinel, 2019), Omakase (Edible Orlando, 2019), The Best Food & Restaurants at Disney World, Orlando (Bloomberg, 2017). It has such a variety of flavors to offer guests and provides Japanese cuisine in the best way possible. 

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House

This is a true American restaurant. It has all you can eat pancakes under six dollars and serves a little bit of country with every meal. Although it may seem like this is just a pancake horse, they actually offer much more. It is located on the DeLeon Springs State Park and offers history tours about the Fountain Of Youth. This included boat tours and self-paced kayak times. This is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon and recommended by those visiting the area. 

Abe & Louie’s 

This restaurant is a class American steakhouse with flavor combinations out of this world. It is located in Boca Raton, Florida, where Chanoch Harow lives. They have a preferred guest loyalty club that allows people to earn points towards every dine-in experience. It was opened in 1965 by Charles F. Starkin in Boston. It is unmatched by many other steakhouses in the country and also offers very decadent seafood. The steak is Mideastrn and they have awarding wine for many people to indulge in. 

Overall, these restaurants have a very diverse array of flavors. The more people visit and support them, the better chance they have of surviving during the pandemic. It’s clear that without the proper support from communities, these restaurants will greatly suffer. On behalf of all Florida residents, please order from these restaurants when possible. The chefs have curated the most amazing meals for people to enjoy.