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Arby's Miami Cuban Is Sparking All Kinds Of Debate

Delish logo Delish 3/21/2018 Candace Braun Davison

If you want to get Floridians fired up, tell them Publix isn't the world's greatest grocery store. Or that 55 degrees isn't boots-and-scarf weather. But whatever you do, don't suggest the Cuban sandwich is from Miami.

It's a lesson Arby's is learning the hard way, after releasing its Miami Cuban sandwich, a sub roll topped with smoked ham, pork loin, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. Almost immediately, the tweets came rolling in, questioning how the brand could name the sandwich after the 305, when it was clearly invented five hours north, in Tampa Bay. It left people with a range of emotions:

Of course, one could argue that any publicity is good publicity. After all, hearing the conflicting reports convinced us to try it. While tasters loved the smoked meat and overall flavor, some found the amount of mustard overpowering, and everyone agreed the bread should be pressed, like the traditional sandwich, not fluffy like a run-of-the-mill sub.

a sandwich cut in half: Left: Traditional Cuban sandwich; Right: Arby’s Miami Cuban © Portland Press Herald + Arby's - Getty Left: Traditional Cuban sandwich; Right: Arby’s Miami Cuban

As many Twitter users pointed out, the Cubano originated in Ybor City (in Tampa Bay), and the city's so proud of the sandwich that it passed a resolution in 2012 naming exactly what's in it: ham, mojo roast pork, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, three dill pickle slices, and Genoa salami, sandwiched between two slices of Cuban bread that's pressed as flat as possible.

You may have noticed the salami's missing from Arby's sandwich, which may be what technically makes it a Miami Cuban, not a traditional one. Miami's not about that extra meat.

a close up of a sandwich and fries on a plate: Arby's Legends Sandwiches © Candace Braun Davison Arby's Legends Sandwiches

The Cuban's just one of three sandwiches Arby's is promoting as part of its Legends collection. It joins a menu staple - the New York Reuben, piled high with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing - and a newbie, the Texas Brisket Sandwich. Of the three, test tasters loved the Texas Brisket the most, largely for its buttery, thick Texas toast. The sandwich is loaded with 13-hour smoked brisket, fried onion strings, pickles, and barbecue sauce. Like the Cuban, some tasters suggested requesting light sauce - or putting the condiment on the side, so you can add as you go. It can overpower the other flavors.

No matter how you try them, just make sure not to skip the curly fries. Those are a must, whatever your order may be.

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Arby's: "We serve roast beef so if youorder fried chicken in the drive through,you're going to be directed to pull forward into the wait slot of the parkinglot and you will sit there for like eight minutes," - bigmitts What You Should Never Order At Fast Food Chains

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