Tampa Restaurant Review: AJ’s Press

15 Oct

You know it’s a good sandwich when the chef of a different restaurant says it’s the best sandwich in Tampa. Add the fact that it has over 100 5-star ratings on Yelp and we knew we had to try AJ’s Press.

AJ’s Press is a little gem of a sandwich place tucked back behind a Mercedes dealership, near the Bucs stadium and the Yankee’s spring training stadium. Brightly colored and very unassuming, it is a little slice of foodie heaven.

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The moment you walk in you know that you made the right lunch decision. A warm welcome from the staff, immediately followed by an inquiry if it’s your first time there. Say yes, and you immediately get offered a free hushpuppy to try. It’s not a regular hushpuppy; it’s a glorious little ball full of jalapeno and bacon!

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So good that we had a whole order!

The Husband had the Crunchy Chicken sandwich. Crunchy, delicious, and everything that the Husband likes on a chicken sandwich. I wish I knew how to make chicken like that!

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And look a that bread! Flaky, soft, and perfectly pressed.

Sometimes, I know that I need to put aside my dislikes for certain things and try something that I think will be amazing. I hate pork. But I just had a feeling that the Cuban sandwich at AJ’s might be the best in Tampa, so I ordered it. And it was amazing! The meat was cooked perfectly and there was the perfect amount of pickles and mustard. Hands down my new favorite Cuban sandwich.

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Check out those lattice chips, made fresh right there!

AJ’s Press is an absolute must, whether you live in Tampa or are just visiting.

 

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2 Responses to “Tampa Restaurant Review: AJ’s Press”

  1. Carlos H. October 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Great review! Love the Cuban there! 🙂

    • Patti October 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks! So do I! I’m not much of a meat eater but I could eat that sandwich every single day.

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