We don’t mean to brag (OK, maybe we do), but Miami is basically the Cubano capital of the world. (Tampa? I don’t know her.) Though there are scores of incredible sandwiches in town, only a select few can be called the best of the best. You’d better cancel that 1 p.m. appointment, because you’re going to need an extended lunch break for this. Here, the nine most delicious, hands down.

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Estefan Kitchen

9. Estefan Kitchen

On your way to Prada or Tom Ford in the Design District, stop by Estefan Kitchen for a classic Cuban. It’s served with all the traditional fixings: ham, pork, Swiss and mustard. (Oh, and the restaurant is in fact owned by Emilio and Gloria. You may actually bump into them during your lunch.)

140 NE 39th St., Miami; 786-843-3880 or estefankitchen.com

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Las Olas Café

8. Las Olas Café

Cash only. No frills. This South Beach staple dishes out the best Cubanos for the least amount of cash. Grab one from the takeout window and head back to the beach.

644 Sixth St., Miami Beach; 305-534-9333 or yelp.com

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La Carreta

7. La Carreta

La Carreta’s signature roast pork sandwich is best enjoyed with homemade crispy plantain chips and a sweet mamey papaya shake. (Pro tip: For 75 cents more, you can order an extra-large sando.)

Multiple locations; lacarreta.com

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Three Palms Cuban Café

6. Three Palms Cuban Café

Picture the most gooey yet crispy grilled cheese sandwich…which also happens to be loaded with pork. Now layer on as many potato sticks as humanly possible. Yep, it’s a glorious sight (and bite).

11500 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; 305-891-0046 or threepalmsrestaurant.com

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El Palacio De Los Jugos

5. El Palacio De Los Jugos

We dream about the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of this sammy, which offers an extra-generous amount of meat and pairs nicely with mango juice.

Multiple locations; palaciodelosjugos.com

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Islas Canarias

4. Islas Canarias

Mainly served during breakfast, the Cubans at this longtime Miami institution clock in at less than $10. But it isn’t just the price that makes this meal a must-try: The bread is baked in-house daily, making it ultra fresh (even when freshly pressed). You’re welcome.

13695 SW 26th St., Miami; 305-559-6666 or islascanariasrestaurant.com

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3. Versailles

This iconic restaurant speaks for itself. Plus, let’s not forget it’s responsible for some of the best Cubanos (and cafés con leche) in town. It’s as classic as it gets: Sweet ham—cooked in brown sugar and pineapple juice—along with roast pork and Swiss cheese smeared with mustard on toasted Cuban bread. Need we say more?

3555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-444-0240 or versaillesrestaurant.com

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Enriquetas Sandwich Shop

2. Enriquetas Sandwich Shop

On the edge of Wynwood, Miami meets Cuba at one of the most popular lunch spots in the neighborhood. Order a pressed Cuban with an ideal meat-to-cheese-to-condiment ratio, and if you really want a treat, stuff a few croquetas right into the sandwich. Trust us, it’ll change your life.

186 NE 29th St., Miami; 305-573-4681 or yelp.com

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Sanguich De Miami

1. Sanguich De Miami

Now this is the place to go for gourmet Cuban sandwiches (down to the homemade pickles). This shipping-container-turned-ventanita churns out classic Calle Ocho fare—like a roast-pork pan con lechón and a batido de trigo (cereal milkshake)—plus a few dishes with a modern twist, like Cuban nachos topped with pickled mojo onions and garlic cilantro aioli.

2057 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-539-0969 or sanguich.com

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