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Five quirky takes on the Cuban sandwich in the Tampa Bay area

Try these spins on Tampa’s iconic sandwich.

The Bricks

Vegetarians deserve a Cuban sandwich they can crave on the regular, too. This hangout in Ybor City kills it with its meatless mashup of avocado, tomato, pickled red onion, pickles, mixed greens, Swiss and honey mustard on pressed Cuban bread.

Address: 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 247-1785

Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli

Housemade mojo pork-style Seitan and meatless cuban sandwiches at Golden Dinosaur Vegan Deli in Gulfport. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | TIMES]

This plant-based hotspot is keeping herbivores in the area satisfied with its vegan-friendly variation of the fiercely loved sandwich. Expect mojo pork, pickles, cheese, mustard and mayo pressed between slices of Cuban bread.

Address: 2930 Beach Blvd. S, ​Gulfport

Phone: (727) 873-6901

Deviled Pig

Deviled Pig in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

To pull off the dreamy Pitmaster Queban, South Tampa barbecue joint Deviled Pig fills a local Cuban bread loaf with slow-smoked brisket, Compart Duroc pulled pork, smokehouse bologna, pickles and Swiss. Are you drooling yet?

Address: 3307 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Phone: (813) 766-1188

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Ichicoro Ramen

Ichicoro Ane in St. Petersburg, the sister restaurant to Ichicoro in Seminole Heights. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

How do you put a new spin on a legendary menu item at restaurants on both sides of the bay? Stuff three fluffy steamed buns with Tampa-style chashu asado, ham, Swiss, pickle and spicy yuzu mustard and then press them to perfection. You need Ichicoro’s CuBaoNo in your life. The generous side of tostones is an added bonus.

Address: 5229 N Florida Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 517-9989

Sunday’s Delicatessen

At this reliable Ybor City spot, the spicy Cuban delivers exactly what its name suggests. And good thing, too. When habanero ham, salami and pork join forces with pepper jack, spicy mayo, deli mustard and jalapenos, it’s a game-changer.

Address: 1930 E Seventh Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 304-2041