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First Bite: Latin Woo, Ride or Die Cuban Sandwiches
By | Photos Brandon McGhee Sep 6, 2018 Dining
Latin Woo is the daytime pursuit (11am-5pm) of chef Ling Huang, who by night reverts to her next door tapas restaurant, Pirata. It’s Cuban-style sandwiches and eclectic lunch specials untethered to any single Latin American cuisine. The name is a nod to her mother’s churrascaria in Taiwan named Latin House (拉丁屋) and the inspiration from travels to Cuba and Miami, where she fell hard for the sandwiches. Now those sandwiches are in Columbia Circle.

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If you’re a sandwich fan keen to cast yourself adrift from the lettuce and brown bread school, Latin Woo might acquaint you with new ideas, such as putting not one but two types of pork (ham and roasted) betwixt melting Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and toasted Cuban bread – the El Cubano.

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Expand the mind deeper by supplanting roast pork with mortadella and a crunchy ham-centered croqueta instead – the Medianoche – or remove the shackles of dining decency completely with a torta ahogada: a pulled pork, braised onion, bean and crumbled cheese sub resting on a lake of spicy tomato sauce.

Lunch specials include rough and ready banditos like ropa vieja, Cuba’s national dish of fried shredded beef with onions, sopa de fideo (“Mexican chicken ramen”), grilled churrasco BBQ, and the wildest honcho of all: cream sauce spaghetti topped with a deep-fried steak and gravy, coming like a bat out of hell at your hangover.

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