Roberto Copa Matos, a Cuban, and Elizabeth Turnbull, a Haitian, opened the Old Havana restaurant because they could not find any good Cuban sandwiches in Durham. They found a lovely, spacious downtown location with high ceilings and huge windows, and that building became the restaurant where they serve their traditional Cuban sandwiches and tapas, fresh homemade sodas, and delicious café. You can even learn to salsa and tango on music nights at Old Havana.
The sandwiches are stuffed with their in-house cured ham, roasted pork, pickles, cheese, mustard, and their own sauce. Don’t ask what it is; it’s a carefully guarded house secret. You can buy your own bottle, though, and it’s called Papa Bull’s Hot Sauce. Roberto and Elizabeth work with many small local farms, and recently opened their own farm in Hilsborough, Terra Sacra, to make sure that they have the best possible ingredients for their delicious cuisine.
310 E Main St, Durham, North Carolina, Phone: 919-667-9525
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