Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Crusty Cuban - A Sandwich Worth Celebrating!

There are lots of different "food holidays" on the calendar every year, and if you're an avid foodie that does your best to observe as many of these as you can, we've got a good one for you. August 23 is Cuban Sandwich Day, and the Crusty Cuban at our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant & bar is just what you need to celebrate. 

It turns out that this particular holiday started out as a hoax, but ended up finding a permanent place on the calendar. If you've tasted the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse version of this spectacular sandwich, then you know that place is well-deserved. 

The Creation of a Holiday
In 2016, a writer for the Tampa Bay Times decided to perform an experiment to see if people would celebrate a holiday that he made up. Christopher Spata took it upon himself to send press releases out to many news organizations, as well as online holiday databases, stating that National Cuban Sandwich Day was a real thing taking place every August 23. 

Many of those places went ahead and added the holiday to their calendars, no questions asked, and there were stories of it being celebrated in a few locations! Apparently, people are happy to have a reason to celebrate just about anything, they just need a little prompting!

Cuban Sandwich History
A Cuban Sandwich is a different take on a traditional ham and cheese sandwich. Ingredients originally included ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and salami on Cuban bread. The entire sandwich was toasted in a press, leaving the bread crispy and the cheese melted.

It originated in cafes that catered to Cuban workers in Key West and other communities in Florida where there were a lot of Cuban immigrants. It eventually made its way to Miami, where they took salami off of the sandwich, then slowly it was discovered by the rest of the United States. In 2011, organizers in Tampa held a Cuban Sandwich Festival, and in 2012, it was designated as the signature sandwich of Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Council.

The Boot's Crusty Cuban
Our version of this savory sandwich, the Crusty Cuban, is located on the "Down Home Sandwiches & Wraps" portion of our menu. It's not technically considered a BBQ item, but it does contain a couple of our amazing hickory-smoked meats. 

The two main ingredients are Hand-Pulled Pork and Pit Ham. Next, we add pickles, house mustard, and Swiss cheese. After everything is in place, the entire sandwich is pressed to perfection! It is served alongside one of our delicious homestyle side dishes. We highly suggest the Creamy Cole Slaw or Seasoned Curly Fries, but our Crusty Cuban tastes great with all of our savory side dishes, so there's no wrong choice!

The next time that you take a trip to the best family restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, order yourself a Crusty Cuban sandwich. It's a unique dish that is sure to become one of your new Wobbly Boots BBQ favorites!   

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