6th Annual International Cuban Sandwich Festival
Image by Broadway Photography. Article by Althea Tyrell.
Despite being around for such a short time So Nuts Donuts has had people talking about their Cuban sandwich, specifically the sweet Cuban. I called in to speak with the people responsible for replacing the buns with donuts (YUM). I spoke with Stephanie Burke, who works at the deli/bakery with her husband and in-laws.
1) What came first the donuts, or the deli?
They both came together and we started them at the same time, but our initial idea and creation was the donuts. Then we realized we wanted to bring in the deli side as well and were able to spin off our sandwiches like the “Sweet Cuban” and the “Donut Burger”
2) What gave you the idea to combine donuts and sandwiches?
My husband came from Panera as a manager so he was really familiar with the combination of a kind of deli and pastry shop. Then my brother-in-law had experience on the deli side. From there we wanted to create something fun and new, but something still familiar, fast and casual but also out of the box and different.
3) Is So Nut! Donuts & Deli family owned?
Yes this is family owned by me, my husband Peter, my brother-in-law David, and my father-in-law Michael.
4) How long have you been here in Tampa?
We have been open since June of 2014, we’ll be approaching our year anniversary this coming June. We look to open in about 2-3 months two more locations. One in South Tampa and one in Westchase
5) What made you want to try out for the festival?
We did a small twist on our Cuban. We do a traditional and a nontraditional way. On the nontraditional we use a spicy jack cheese, and on our traditional we use the traditional Swiss cheese. We have had so many good responses to our Cuban, and some of the folks involved with the festival stopped in for lunch one day, and wanted us to try for the Cuban Sandwich Festival.
6) Press it? Don’t press it?
For our sweet Cuban on a donut we press it and we press out our traditional as well, but I actually prefer the traditional Cuban not pressed, and on our nontraditional sweet Cuban is pressed.
Come check out So Nuts Donuts and satisfy both your hunger and sweet tooth!