Tampa residents take their Cuban cuisine seriously — that passion is best exhibited during the Cuban Sandwich Festival in historic Ybor City. One of the most beloved spots for a classic sandwich and a side or maybe a morning Quiset is La Segunda Bakery in Ybor City.
The Bakery is the vision of Juan More, who developed an affinity for Cuban bread in the late 19th century. More was born in the Catalan region of Spain and served as a soldier in the Spanish-American War in Cuba. It’s there that he discovered the perfect recipe for Cuban bread.
Over a century of serving Ybor City
More joined a co-op of fellow bakers and cigar makers at the start of World War I. Together they opened three bakeries: La Primera, La Segunda and La Tercera in Ybor City. When the other bakeries folded, More purchased La Segunda from his partners. Situated inside an Ybor landmark at 2512 North 15th Street, La Segunda has been tantalizing the taste buds of culinary enthusiasts since 1915.
Today Anthony Albert More and his son, Anthony Copeland More, keep Juan’s dream alive by producing 18,000 loaves of Cuban bread daily.
If you haven’t woken up with a cafe con leche from La Segunda, then we recommend you amend that immediately. That and a few slices of Cuban toast will infuse you with the kind of flavor that can only be achieved through over a century of practice and passion.
What to try when you visit
You really can’t go wrong with any of the items on the menu. If you’re there at sunrise, then you have to have some cuban toast with butter, and maybe a guava and cheese turnover if you have some room left. The coup de gras of dishes at La Segunda is their prized Cuban Sandwich.
The delicacy is made with mojo marinated pork, smoked ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickle & special sauce on Cuban bread.
Plans for an expansion to South Tampa
After 103 years, and 4 generations of ownership, La Segunda is expanding. The bakery is in the process of settling into a new space at 4001 West Kennedy Boulevard.
Die hard dining fans who can’t often make it out to Ybor City are in for a treat. The new space should be open by early summer. Follow the restaurant on Facebook for official updates.