Cuban sandwiches: where to find them on LI

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Sapsuckers, a gastro pub in Huntington, is one

Sapsuckers, a gastro pub in Huntington, is one local spot where you can find a cubano. (Nov. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Danny Ghitis

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The Cubano, or Cuban sandwich, is said to have originated as a workingman's lunch in late-19th century Cuba. Arguments have been made, though, that early Cuban immigrants to Florida came up with the combination of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles and, sometimes, mayonnaise on Cuban bread.

While its history may be cloudy, the appeal of this sandwich is clear. Here are three takes on the classic crowd-pleaser:

287 Main St., Huntington

This Huntington gastro pub serves a melty confluence of roasted pork, ham, Swiss and pickles on ciabatta ($12).

107 Forest Ave., Locust Valley,

Chef-owner Kent Monkan layers pork loin, ham, Gruyère, pickles and mustard to delectable effect ($15).

691 Rte. 109, Babylon

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Unconventional yet irresistible, this Cubano -- a Gordon Ramsay recipe -- features ham, pulled pork, Swiss, Dijon mustard and dill pickle on a baguette ($11 lunch, $12 dinner).

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