Cuba Libre is celebrating National Cuban Sandwich Day on Sunday August 23rd by offering $5 full-size Cuban sandwiches.
The sandwiches are typically $15.25 and made with sour orange marinated pork loin, genoa salami, ham, provolone, Swiss and a yellow mustard-pickle relish. The sandwich is served with crunchy plantain chips.
Interestingly enough, the “National Cuban Sandwich Day” started out as a prank in 2016. A reporter from the Tampa Bay Times wanted to see how many news agencies would run a story about a fictional food holiday. The holiday ended up catching on. In fact, two-time James Beard award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot said they’re “embracing” the holiday and they “feel strongly that we Americans need more flavor in our lives as well as another day off from work to enjoy food and family.
The restaurant’s management has even filed a Change.org petition to make August 23rd an “official federal food holiday.”
Those who want the sandwich are encouraged to order and pay ahead to pick up their sandwiches from the restaurant’s pop-up carryout station (along H St. NW). Delivery is also available within a two-mile radius from orders from Cuba Libre’s website.
More information on Cuba Libre can be found here.