4534 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Harold Seltzer, co-founder and former president of the Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse chain, saw a gem called the Floridian. It is a Treasure Island old-timer founded by the Dilar family, distinguished by its long record of winning the title of best Cuban sandwich in the area. He licensed the concept last year and opened a Tampa-side Floridian on a busy stretch of Kennedy Boulevard. It's small, charming, tidy — just a shop with a row of presses and young sandwich engineers adept with the mojo spiced pork and Genoa salami. The Cuban sandwich is the centerpiece, its cross-section revealing a perfect stack of sweet ham, slightly spicy roast pork, salami, gooey Swiss, dill pickle and a slick of mustard-mayo mix. The pressing is aggressive, yielding a sandwich that is crunchy-edged but not dry or tough.
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Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.