Gables Bites: Bread + Butter, Old + New


DSCF1309 DSCF1311 DSCF1315 DSCF1308By Patricia Guarch Wise

The Cuban Sandwich is, it’s safe to say, the signature dish of Cuban cuisine. Sure, there are personal favorites (Croquetas! Pastelitos! Vaca Frita!), but it’s the Cuban Sandwich that’s been the breakout star of Cuban food. It’s a sandwich that you can find in delis and cafes around the world in places that wouldn’t know the difference between a toston and a mariquita.

Bread + Butter, a gastropub right in Downtown Coral Gables, takes traditional Cuban and puts a modern spin on all your favorite Cuban dishes for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner– but it’s the lunch menu’s sandwiches that are the real stand-out items.

The much beloved Cuban sandwich gets a new contemporary counterpart at Bread + Butter. The Cubano/Reuben is roasted pork, house cured pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, salsa rosada and Cuban rye bread. It’s piled high with meat and cheese, just like the original, but stays light with the addition of a sauerkraut and toasty rye bread. The flavors that made the Cuban sandwich one of the world’s most ubiquitous are still there but they’re curiously blended with another all-time favorite.

The Cuban Sandwich isn’t the only Cuban sandwich. All the other staples are there: the Elena Ruz (turkey, bacon, strawberry jam, pistachio goat cheese), Croqueta Preparada (turkey, surryano ham, ham croquettes, swiss, b+b pickles), Minuta (fish filet with coleslaw, cilantro, creole remoulade) and more and they have surprising twists and elevated tastes.

This chef-owned gastropub is a blend of old meets new, an appropriate addition to Coral Gables, a city defined by history that has remained fresh all these years. The restaurant is part of a familiar trend of high-end comfort food surrounded by subway tiles, reclaimed furniture, chalkboards and Edison bulbs, but the food is truly unlike anywhere else.

Really, where else can you get a Cuban hamburger, or frita, with napa cabbage kimchi, cilantro, onion and a homemade sriacha ketchup? Replacing plain garlic with an aioli, switching out bacon for pork belly and house pickles make all the difference. It’s not everyday that a new take on old favorites are actually, dare we say it, better than the original, but Bread + Butter has figured out the perfect formula.

Add Bread + Butter to your regular lunchtime spots starting today, and start with the Cuban Reuben and a side of mariquitas – old meets new has never tasted so good.

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