Even though Tampa's City Council designated it the Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich and an NPR poll gave the majority vote to Tampa as well, Miami as the Cuban sandwich capital will probably always have its advocates.
But we have, indisputably, the finest artistic interpretation and appreciation of this humble culinary icon from Ybor City: the Cuban Sandwich Show. It opens Friday with a free reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. (with Cuban sandwiches!) at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Art Gallery.
David Audet, himself something of an Ybor icon, curated the exhibition of about 15 artists who created works about the Cuban or, more broadly, about Tampa as shown in the example.
The exhibition, which continues through Aug. 30, is part of the larger Cuban Sandwich Show, which has multiple components including other art exhibitions, music, poetry readings, drama and, of course, the Taste of the Cuban Sandwich Food Fest in Ybor City on Aug. 18 featuring winners of a contest in May.
HCC's Art Gallery is on the first floor of the Performing Arts Building on Palm Avenue and Fifth Street in Ybor City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Free.
For information about the entire schedule of events, go to cubansandwichshow.com.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic