Boulderites can finally satisfy their cravings for authentic Cuban cuisine thanks to the recent opening of Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in the Village shopping center. Owned by Enrique Socarras and Kristy Socarras Bigelow—the same brother/sister duo that brought the charming Cuba Cuba to Denver 10 years ago—and Lourdes Sanchez (previously of the Cream Puffery), the tiny lime-green shop serves exceptional sandwiches, salads, and Cuban bowls of meat, rice, and beans.
The service is quick and efficient, and each entrée is spot-on. Slow-roasted pork (lechon asado) is the centerpiece of some of the signature dishes, including the pan con lechon sandwich. Succulent shreds of pork are tinged ever-so-delicately with hints of citrus and garlic, topped with a slaw of cabbage, carrot, red onion, jalapeño, and mojo aïoli, and served on toasted Cuban bread. Sliced lechon asado also teams up with boiled ham, dill pickles, Swiss, and mustard in a delicious rendition of the classic Cuban sandwich (pictured), which is pressed until the cheese melts.
Turkey lovers should order the refreshing Elenita sandwich, which layers roasted turkey with organic watercress, tomato, a smear of mascarpone, and a drizzle of strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette on a chewy baguette.
Tip: Save room for Enrique’s tres leches cake. It’s to die for.
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1143
Photo: Carol W. Maybach