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If you like Cuban sandwiches but don’t have time to fly to Miami to get an authentic one, I have found a place for you right here in Las Vegas.

Cubanidad 1885, located at 3585 S. Fort Apache Rd., Suite 203 is the creation of Chef Dennis Martinez Miranda who was born in a small town in Cuba. Chef Miranda went to culinary school in Miami and worked in several restaurants honing his craft.

Miami is known for their Cuban sandwiches and Tampa is known for the Cuban sandwich with a twist. Both sandwiches are available at Cubanidad.  

I had friends in town last week and we decided to give Cubanidad a try. There was five of us and we all tried different things.

For me, I went with The YBOR Original which is known as The Tampa Cuban Sandwich. It came with glazed ham, roasted pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickle, home-made mustard sauce on Cuban bread. It’s the Miami Cuban Sandwich with genoa salami added. I love genoa salami, so it was a no brainer for me to get the Tampa version.

My sandwich was spectacular with all the different flavors coming together and served hot with the Swiss cheese melting over the sandwich. This was the best Cuban sandwich I have found in Las Vegas so far. 

The menu has other sandwiches as well, including the 1885 Cheeseburger, also called the Frita Cubana. The 1885 Cheeseburger consisted of a premium ground beef patty, chorizo, Swiss cheese, tomato, baby arugula, string potato, Cubanidad sauce on a potato bun.

My friend Stacey ordered this and absolutely loved it. I also ordered the empanadas as a side dish. These were amazing as they are baked pastry puffs stuffed with various fillings. I got the beef and olives empanada and loved it. 

They also have a spinach and cheese as well as a ham and cheese version. My other buddy had a chicken croquette which is a bread crumb fried roll. You can get minced ham and bechamel, chicken or cod-filled croquettes.

Marc enjoyed his meal so much he went back the next day to try another dish. He got the Cubana Plate where you pick a meat, then pick a sauce, white or brown rice and a side dish. These bowls are healthy and very tasty. 

If you are craving the foods of South Beach but can’t take a trip to Miami, I highly recommend Cubanidad 1885. The food is great and very reasonably priced. I give Cubanidad 1885 a rating of 3.75 Forks.  

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