The Cuban Sandwich, part of Ebbett's Classic Sandwich menu, has always eluded me, and after Matt reviewed it here it’s been on my bucket list of food truck treats. I was finally hoping to sample one at the Eat Real festival, but luck wasn’t on my side last weekend. They had sold out by the time arrived. Today luck was on my side, though, as not only was I able to finally try the Cuban, but I also got the second to last Asian Tofu sandwich, which sold out with the order behind me. That’s right, behind me, not in front. Good thing I didn’t dawdle on the way to Levi’s Plaza! Ebbett’s was also featuring their Roast Beef Sandwich, which I did sample at Eat Real (loved it!) and a Grilled Cheese as part of their special menu. Thanks to my colleague Corinne's suggestion to split an order of two sandwiches, I tried both the Cuban and the Asian Tofu.
The aromatic scent of the cilantro wafted from the paper as soon as I unwrapped it, and I already enjoyed this sandwich before I even tasted it. In addition to the pleasing aesthetics of the sandwich, what struck me first was the thinly sliced roasted tofu, as opposed to the more common way of serving it as a thick slab or cubes. This was different than I expected, and it really made my sandwich stand out. The thinness gave the tofu a different texture, similar to tofu jerky almost, which made my sandwich seem "meatier" and stronger. It wasn’t dry or soft, as some tofu can be, and there was a substantial amount atop my golden torpedo roll.
All in all it was a great sandwich that I would get again and again. I liked it so much that I found myself picking up the veggie, tofu and bread crumbs off of the wrapper, just so I didn't miss any morsels. Plus, I held this to a high standard since I started my lunch with the Cuban, which was freaking fantastic! So the bar was already set high when I took my first bite. This is the veggie sandwich that will be loved by both carnivores and vegetarians alike.
Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)
Ebbetts Good To Go (@ebbettsgoodtogo) $8.00 per sandwich
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