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“What happened to this place?”

La Ideal Sandwich Shop
Ranked #816 of 2,369 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Cuban Sandwiches, Coffee Shop, Spanish Food
florida
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“What happened to this place?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

This used to be my go to Cuban/pork sandwich place.
While it's been a few years I didn't expect it to change as much as it had.
The Cuban I ordered came with pork and chopped ham(?), no salami (tampa's Cubans have salami)
and the bread wasn't that great either. The pork was dry, unseasoned and bland.
Very disappointing. I should have known when it was super slow on a Friday.
I heard later there were new owners. Maybe they can find out how they did things before. The people were super nice though.

  • Visited November 2013
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“West Tampa staple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I've grown up around this place and eating many Cuban sandwiches,as every Tampanian should, La Ideal has one of the best! Meat in the Cuban is hot, good bread, and nice size for the price. Buy a large and split it with a friend! Also $5 minimum for card purchases.

  • Visited May 2013
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Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Best Cuban sandwich in Tampa! True undiscovered gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for over 20 years and it is still amazing! The Cuban sandwich is authentic and delicious (bread cooked to perfection) and so inexpensive! Six people had an excellent meal for under $25! Love this place! The atmosphere isn't the best but it is quaint! This place is worth the drive from any place in Tampa Bay Area!

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Small place, big taste”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

I called them same day for a platter of "ham croquetas" ham croquets.. Not only were they able to do it, they were delicious. The prices are also reasonable. Would visit again when back in area.
It's a very no-nonsense, but food is good

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“Your loss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012 via mobile

In response to the last review...that looks like a bad neighborhood to you? I grew up in that place. Our parents entrusted our lives with those people. You just totally judged a book by it's cover. Not very nice... Fresh bread, house made roast pork, best coffee in the world, I'm out

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