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Destination Largo, Part 1: The Cuban Sandwich

For many years I’ve thought of Largo as a sort of through city – a place you drive through on your way to either Clearwater or St. Petersburg – not as a destination in and of itself.  But the more I get to know the area, the more I see that Largo has a lot to offer.  Compared to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Largo is a quiet place, populated with small parks, gardens, office buildings, retirees, and strip mall restaurants.

One such strip mall restaurant is Really Famous Tampa Style Cubans on East Bay Drive.  I figured if I was going to spend the day in Largo that I should start with a good lunch.  I’d already researched my options online, and I also knew of several Chicago-style delis in the area, but when it came time to make my choice, I ended up at this Cuban restaurant.

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Tiki umbrellas and bright yellow signage made the place easily visible from the road, and a quick Google search from my iPhone revealed that it was rated well on yelp.  It had even been mentioned favorably in a 2012 Tampa Bay Times article, “New Entry in the Cuban sandwich war: Largo.”

Inside, I perused the ordering board, with photographs of each menu item, and decided on the 4″ Cuban combo – a 4″ Cuban sandwich paired with black bean soup.  My meal was authentic, delicious, and under $10 ($7.36 with tax and a drink to be exact).  In other words, it was just what I was looking for.

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If you are looking for places to eat or things to do in Largo, I recommend the following articles/links:

  1. The Tampa Bay Times article, “New Entry in the Cuban Sandwich War: Largo.
  2. The 10 Best Cultural Restaurants in Largo, Florida” by The Culture Trip.
  3. Bruce’s Chicago Grill and Dog House and Bono’s in Largo for Chicago style hot dogs or Italian beef sandwiches.  Both are featured in Creative Loafing’s 2015 article, “Where to find Tampa Bay’s Top Dogs.”
  4. Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Things to Do in Largo.

 

 

 

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

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