Cubamex, a mom-and-pop shop located in downtown San Jose, serves a finger-licking good sandwich that is a fusion of two cultures.
The eatery is owned by Illiana Moreno, a Cuban native, and her husband José Moreno who is from México. They established their restaurant last summer and since then business has steadily increased.
Cubamex has become a popular lunch destination in spite of a rocky start. Their grand opening was delayed due to pending permits concerning their menu. Their initial plan of serving sandwiches on panini bread was denied by the city health department so it took months before they received approval for their finalized menu.
Now, dozens of people visit Cubamex daily to get their Cuban fix. The menu has a variety of sandwich options such as ham and cheese, turkey, tuna and the popular Cubamex, a version of the classic Cuban sandwich with a hint of México.
This sandwich contains marinated pork, glazed ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, Cuban flavored sauce all served on a warm hoagie roll with a side of tortilla chips and the Mexican condiment pico de gallo.
The Cubamex isn’t filled with a lot of ingredients, but it’s packed with a ton of flavor. Their signature-flavored sauce made from Cuban herbs gives the sandwich a unique taste you won’t find anywhere else. I have tried delicious Cuban sandwiches in Havana and I am impressed with the savory flavor of the Cubamex sandwich that is tad different from the original.
Aside from the sandwiches the establishment also sells hotdogs, garden salads, guava cheesecake and Goya plantain chips.
The crunchy plantain chips were delicious and are a fiber-rich side that adds to the Cubamex experience. The chips are a Cuban staple and are a healthy snack.
Also, the small restaurant has a cozy vibe where the owners play Latin music and wear Cuban inspired aprons while preparing food for guests.
Cubamex brings a much-needed fusion of Cuban and Mexican cuisine to Silicon Valley, and despite their small menu this restaurant gets a solid four star rating.
By the way, If you are a SJSU student you can get a free beverage with the purchase of a sandwich by presenting your tower ID.