Search for the best Cuban sandwich in Tampa; Super Bowl spreads by state

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Without a doubt, the Cuban Sandwich originated in Tampa and “Big Game Tailgate” found one of the best chefs of Cuban cuisine, Felicia La Calle owner of Kuba Cocina, to see her special Cuban. La Calle says Cuban cooking is “in her blood” thanks to learning her skills in the most traditional way possible: from her mother.

Speaking of cooking, according to Google, dips, and chili were the most searched during the Super Bowl. By state, Florida’s Super Bowl pick was wings but other states went rogue, keto egg bites in Montana, pork chow mein in Vermont and three states chose a charcuterie. Google came up with the Cuban sandwich for New Mexico.

The Cuban sandwich was originally made for “the workers to come in and eat thing that was left over, especially being pork,” La Calle said. Tampa is a city with people from many different origins.

Sheโ€™s been perfecting her signature spin on traditional Cuban cuisine as the former executive sous and regional pastry chef at Royโ€™s, as well as executive chef at Samba Room and other notable restaurants. Kuba is located inside the Heights Public Market at Armature Works in downtown Tampa. Kuba the Spanish word and phonetic spelling for Cuba โ€” representing her past, present and future.


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“Big Game Tailgate” also went to La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City to find out where the best Cuban bread is made. “Our process is all done by hand and takes about 10-12 hours from start to finish to make a loaf,” said Copeland Morรฉ, fourth-generation at La Segunda.

His great-grandfather came from Spain to Cuba to fight in the Spanish American War. There he discovered a traditional recipe for Cuban bread and brought it to Ybor City.

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