The first-ever Cuban Sandwich Throwdown on April 16 was a delicious success at the Green Parrot Bar.

Five local restaurants — Sandy’s Cafe, Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe, Kaya Island Eats, El Siboney and Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen at Ocean’s Edge Resort — entered their signature versions of the pressed sandwich on Cuban bread with pork, ham, cheese and pickles.

Sandy’s Cafe emerged as the winner of both the judges’ selection and the popular vote. Frita’s came in a close second.

The event was part of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration. Organized by Marcia Weaver, who owns Frita’s, the event was a fundraiser for the Key West Learning Center.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.