Elena Ruz

Cuban Turkey Sandwich

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Appears in
Eating Cuban

By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

Published 2006

  • About

This unusual turkey sandwich originated at El Carmelo, a popular late-night eatery in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana during the 1940s. It was invented by and named after Elena Ruz, a fashionable young lady who was a regular patron. The Elena Ruz has become a nostalgic favorite at Cuban sandwich shops in Miami. There are two versions of the sandwich. In one, it is made on good-quality, lightly toasted white sandwich bread, with crusts trimmed. In the other, the sandwich is made on