Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137
While Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop is in many ways a typical Cuban sandwich joint in Miami, it attracts a loyal and devoted following. A little off the beaten path, Enriqueta’s is a simple lunch counter with one side facing into the restaurant and another side with a window open to the street. Sometimes I wonder how a place like that can ever keep up with orders, but somehow they do, albeit a little slowly. Being from Chicago, I can’t quite ever wrap my head around the concept of an open air lunch counter, or frankly any outside window walk-up, so of course we had to order our food there. When in Rome…
The menu consists of pressed Cuban sandwiches and hearty side dishes like fried plantains and beans and rice. Fritas, or Cuban burgers, with shoestring potatoes on top, were also on offer. We split a Cubano sandwich and a “Chicken classic” sandwich, which consisted of tomato, lettuce, Cuban grilled chicken and a hearty helping of shoestring potatoes. We also ordered a side of fried plantains. The sandwiches took about 15 minutes to arrive, and as we waited, the growing line snaked across the parking lot. There was nowhere to sit outside to eat, so we snagged a bench on the street, and unwrapped our sandwiches to chow down. The sandwiches were huge (and under $9, so it is a great value)! The Cuban roll was perfectly crispy, the fillings were fresh and the plantains were tasty, if a little mushy. Enriqueta’s is a perfect little lunch joint off the beaten track of Wynwood. If you need a cheap, tasty Cuban fix, definitely give it a try!