I've become mildly obsessed with Cuban sandwiches, as if it is my duty to find the best one in the Bay Area or beyond. The quest is somewhat quixotic, given that I have never eaten a Cubano from Cuba or even Tampa, FL. While I don't have genuine experience on which to base my comparisons, I know what makes a good sandwich.
My most recent Cuban taste test took place at Parada 22, a charming Puerto Rican place on Haight Street with cheerful teal walls lined with Caribbean curios. Not surprisingly, it serves a fairly traditional Cuban sandwich, with soft roasted pork, gentle ham, swiss, and pickles on a sort of smushed down baguette.