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Diner’s Dictionary: Elena Ruz

Elena Ruz: From Luis Galindo Latin American in Miami.
Elena Ruz: From Luis Galindo Latin American in Miami. BurgerBeast.com

What is it? Fritas, Cubanos, medianoches and pan con lechón sandwiches: South Florida eaters are well-versed in these staples of handheld Cuban comfort food. But what about the Elena Ruz? Named for a 1930s debutante from Havana, this sandwich hits sweet and savory notes from roasted turkey, cream cheese and strawberry jam on medionoche egg bread. It’s sticky and messy and tastes a little bit like Thanksgiving leftovers.

Where can I find it? Look for an Elena Ruz toward the bottom of sandwich boards at Cuban restaurants throughout South Florida, including the one pictured here from Luis Galindo Latin American (10700 Coral Way, Miami) where it costs $6.60. Photo courtesy of BurgerBeast.com.

Evan S. Benn is the Miami Herald food editor and Miami.com restaurants editor. Follow him on Twitter: @EvanBenn.

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