Tampa Versus Miami
Tampa and Miami have an ongoing a rivalry over the correct ingredients for a Cuban sandwich.
Miami avows that salami should never be used. Plus, Miami-style Cuban sandwiches can be spread with butter!
But there’s no doubt about the original ingredients.
In 2012, the Tampa City Council passed a resolution designating the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich” as the “signature sandwich of the city of Tampa.”
The Council proclaimed that a traditional Tampa Cuban is to include Cuban bread, ham, mojo-spiced pork, Genoa salami, mustard, Swiss cheese and three pickle chips.
By the 1970s, the Cuban Sandwich had spread to menus around the United States.
In 2015, the Cuban Sandwich Factory opened in Belfast, Ireland.
In 2016, the Tampa Cuban Sandwich Bar opened in Seoul, Korea.
In fact, London’s Jama Cubana restaurant won first place in The World’s Best Cuban Sandwich category at the 2016 Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival (held in Tampa on March 5th). It too is newcomer, opened in 2015.
MEDIANOCHE, THE CUBAN SANDWICH SIBLING
Very similar to the Cuban Sandwich is the Medianoche (“midnight”), which originated in Cuba.
As the name suggests, this sandwich is popular late-night fare, served in Havana’s nightclubs. It contains the same ingredients as the Cuban Sandwich—ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and dill pickles.
However, it is smaller and uses a different bread: rolls made from an egg dough with a bit of sugar (similar to challah but a different shape).
Like the Cuban sandwich, the medianoche is typically warmed in a press.
 Cuban bread is a long loaf like a baguette, but is doughier and without the crustiness of a French or Italian loaf. Here’s the recipe to bake it at home, from The Stay At Home Chef.  The best Cuban Sandwich in the world is from London’s Jama Cubana restaurant.