I have never had a bad Cuban sandwich from Flaco's Cuban Bakery. I was excited about giving Flacos Midtown lunchstop a try and I was glad I did. Nothing fancy in this 15'X50' foot end-of-the-strip-shopping-center location. Flaco's is definitely a midtown Food On The Run lunch stop right next door to Designer Greens. The air conditioning was not working when I arrived and it was as toasty as my pressed sandwich in this little walk up diner. But I was Ok with the warmer than usual temp. The staffers were very friendly and looked at me quizzically like I was the one with a climate change problem. Then we started talking lunch sandwiches and I forgot how hot I was. I explained to the staffers I usually get Flacos' Media Noche with the very special sweet bread made especially for Flacos that includes corn meal and a little sugar. I think it is one of the best sandwiches in town. Today I was ready for something different and the Spot Sausage Pressed Cuban Sandwich was suggested to the GLOB Master because of its spiciness. "But if you really like spicy I can include some spicy mayo in your sandwich that will set you free," suggested the sandwich maker. The Spot Sausage Cuban is spicy chorizo sausage, onions, garlic and swiss cheese pressed in the toastiest, crunchiest, moistest flattened Cuban bread this side of Ybor City. The sandwich's chorizo sausage was very good and was brought to life with the onion, garlic and spicy mayo. It was also suggested that if I like spicy I should try the Scarface Sandwich next time. The Scarface is a ham, salami, chorizo sausage, tomato, spicy mayo, mustard and swiss cheese pressed belly bomb that will make a happy young Cubano out of any lunchouter.
There is a brief Flacos history and reviews on the back of the Flacos' menu: "We're not the first place to serve Cuban food or ropa vieja and we're definitely not going to be the last but we're going to try our hardest to make it the best."
I can't agree more Flacos, you Cubanos make one of the better, tastiest sandwiches in the Urban GLOB!
Editor's Note: A Gainesville Lunch Out Blog feature story on of Falcos Cuban Bakery can be viewed on the Flacos Downtown GLOB page. -- GLOB Master
The Pluses and Minuses of the Flacos Cuban Bakery Midtown
Flacos + indicators : Best Cuban bread intown, excellent sandiches and Cuban choices.
Flacos - indicators: It is going to be a long, hot summer for Midtown Flacos staff and cutomers.
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- Phone Number: 371-2000
- Address: 1702 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Midtown
- Web Site: Flacos Cuban Bakery
- Latitude: 29.652682
- Longitude: -82.344989