Eating Adventures

Our Weekly Bread: Aye Conyo at Buchi Café Cubano

The sandwich: Aye Conyo

What's on it: Cuban roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, onions, mustard, pepperoni, turkey, hot peppers and Key lime mayo on Cuban bread.

Where to get it: Buchi Café Cubano (2651 West 38th Avenue, 303-458-1328)

How much: $8.75

I would like to tell you about the awesome Cuban bread that Buchi Café Cubano uses for its stylish sandwiches, but I can't. Why? Because it's a secret, so secret that the proprietress of this elegant little café wouldn't even tell me where she gets it.

"A local bakery," was all she would say, with a wide smile. "It's a trade secret."

But I can tell you about the Aye Conyo, a sandwich the menu describes as "the mother of all Cuban mixes." Aye Conyo means something like Goddamnit in Spanish, which seems appropriate for a sandwich that combines not just the typical ingredients of a Cuban -- roast pork, ham, cheese, pickles, onions and mustard - but adds pepperoni, turkey and peppers.

And, for the most part, this sandwich was Aye Conyo good. The peppers and pepperoni were a nice addition to the pork, and the bread was terrific. Next time, though, I might ask them to go a little lighter on the mustard and pickles, which stole some of the attention from the rest of the many ingredients. (If there was Key lime mayo, I couldn't taste it all.)

Still, it's hard to beat Buchi Cafe for lunch, especially when you consider how good their coffee drinks are. I had the large café con leche, and I'm not sure if I've ever enjoyed my caffeine more. Don't tell anyone else, though. It's a secret!

For previous sandwiches, see the Our Weekly Bread archive.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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