310 E. Main Street, Durham
(919) 667-9525   Free WiFi
Lunch 11AM-3PM Tue-Sun
Dinner 5:30PM-9:30PM Fri & Sat

Old Havana Sandwich Shop

  • Feast on Cuba

    10 Days in Havana, Varadero, Cienfuegos Read More
  • Voted Best Cuban in the Triangle and Best Caribbean in Durham

    Serving farm to table Cuban fare Read More
  • Farm to Table Cuban Fare

    Proud to partner with more than 10 local farmers and food artisans Read More
  • Now featuring classic cocktails

    Mojitos, featured Rum, signature cocktails Read More
  • Join us for Salsa Night on first Saturdays and Tango Night on fourth Fridays.

    Join us from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm with a lesson at 7:30 pm Read More
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Our Menu

Sandwiches

  • Ellis Island +

    A classic grilled ham and cheese sandwich made with our house-cured ham, cheese, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.25
  • Havana +

    This classic from Cuba’s capital city features slow roasted pork, house-cured ham, cheese, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.75
  • El Caney +

    Named for a Cuban town renowned for its avocadoes, this twist on a Cuban sandwich brings together our slow roasted pork, avocado, cheese, a touch of mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.75
  • Santiago +

    Hailing from Cuba’s eastern capital, this sandwich highlights the best of slow roasted pork, topped with a little mustard and mojo sauce. $8.25
  • Tampa +

    Created by the Cuban immigrant community in the Floridian city, this sandwich brings together slow roasted pork, housecured ham, cheese, salami, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.95
  • Veracruz +

    Named for a town in Mexico with a strong Afro-Cuban population, this sandwich o ers slow roasted pork, pork skin cooked in tomato sauce, cheese, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.75
  • Paris +

    Paris meets Cuba in this sandwich with our house-made pate, house-cured ham, cheese, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.95
  • Saigon +

    A Cuban spin on the beloved Bâhn Mì sandwich with slowroasted pork, house-made pate, fresh pickled veggies, mustard, and topped with Sriracha sauce. $8.95
  • Not so Cuban +

    We’ve combined all-natural roasted turkey and cheese, avocado, a touch of mustard, and mojo sauce to create a delicious, if not Cuban, sandwich. (Pork-free.) $8.25
  • San Fernando +

    This sandwich features roasted chicken simmered in a rich tomato and white wine sauce with sauteed onions, olives, and paprika. (Pork-free.) $8.25
  • Cienfuegos +

    Named for the seaside town, this sandwich features tuna salad with house-made aioli*, roasted red peppers, pickled onions, and a sprinkling of capers. (Pork-free.) $8.25
  • Camaguey +

    This generous grilled cheese sandwich, which includes pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce, is named for the Cuban town and province known for its cheese. (Vegetarian friendly.) $7.50
  • Baracoa +

    This sandwich, filled with black bean paste made from organic beans, is topped with mustard, pickle, and mojo sauce. (Vegetarian friendly; Vegan.) $7.50
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Plates

  • Sampler Plate +

    Get a taste of Old Havana with a generous serving of slow-roasted pork, tender rice, slow-cooked black beans, and our much-loved maduros. $10.50
  • Masas de Puerco Frito +

    Delicious pieces of deep-fried quick-cured pork belly and ribs served with tender rice, slow-cooked black beans, and maduros. $10.50
  • Luncheon Plate +

    Enjoy the best of our slow-roasted pork with rice and four pieces of our famous maduros. For an extra special treat ask for our pork drippings drizzled on your rice. $8.00
  • Vegetarian Plate +

    You don’t have to eat meat to have an authentic, satisfying Cuban meal. A combination of our rice, slowcooked black beans, and a full order of our famous maduros. $7.50
  • White Bean Soup +

    This thick, creamy soup is made with white beans, local pasture-raised pork, zorza, and our house-made stock. $8.50 (meal), $3.50 (cup)
  • El Obrero +

    A favorite at our Sunday brunch! Slow roasted pork, a fried egg, maduros, and arroz congris (white rice cooked with black beans). $10.50
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Tapas & Sides

  • Cuban Sliders +

    Our famous slow-roasted pork served on a brioche slider roll with mustard and pickle. $3.75 ea / 2 for $ 7.00 / 3 for $10.00
  • Croquetas +

    Hushpuppy meets pork in this classic Cuban fritter that has deep roots in Spain. $3.75
  • Tostones +

    Tostones - Green plantains fried to a golden crisp in our houserendered lard. (Vegetarian & gluten-free by request.) 6 for $3.50
  • Maduros +

    These oven-roasted, ripe sweet plantains have delightful crispy edges. 2 for $0.80, 8 for $3.00
  • Papas Bravas +

    Potatoes fried in our house-rendered lard, served with paprika and a spicy aioli* dipping sauce. (Vegetarian & gluten-free by request.) $3.50
  • Zorza +

    Our house-made fresh chorizo sausage, made from pork belly and seasoned with paprika and garlic. Served with sliced bread and olives. $4.50
  • Pork Pate +

    Our house-made pork pate (no liver). Served with pickled vegetables. $4.50
  • Plato de Quesos +

    A selection of Spanish cheeses. Accompanied by classic Spanish olives and sliced bread. $6.95
  • Spanish Olives +

    A small bowl of Spain’s signature aceitunas. $2.50
  • Plantain Chips +

    These thinly-cut fried plantains make a tasty alternative to potato chips. 1 bag. $2.00
  • Frijoles Negros +

    Our traditionally slow-cooked Cuban-style organic black beans are vegetarian friendly and can be eaten alongside white rice or as a soup on their own. $3.00 cup / $4.50 bowl
  • Arroz +

    This moist and tender white rice is the perfect pairing to the Frijoles Negros. For an extra special treat ask fora spoonful of our pork drippings drizzled on top. $2.50
  • Cuban Toasts +

    Tostada (Cuban Toast with Butter) $2.00; Pan con timba (Toast with Guava) $2.50; Tostada con queso (Cheese Toast) $3.00
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Beverages

  • House Sodas +

    Enjoy one of our house-made sodas made with fresh, all-natural ingredients. Includes 1 refill. $2.00
  • Iced Tea +

    Enjoy a glass of iced tea made with whole leaf, fair trade black tea. Includes 1 refill. $2.00
  • Bottled Drinks +

    Select from one of the refreshing bottled drinks in the cooler. $2.00
  • Juice +

    Choose from a glass of orange juice or mango nectar. $2.50
  • Milk +

    Enjoy a glass of local milk from Maple View Farms. $1.70
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Libations

  • Wine +

    Ask about our current selection of Red, White, and Sparkling wines. Served by the glass or by the bottle.
  • Wine - 1/2 Bottle +

    A half bottle of our house red or white wine. $12
  • Local Beer +

    Ask for this draft beer week’s selections from Fullsteam Brewery. $4.00 pint / $10 Pitcher / $2.50 Half Pint
  • Mojito +

    The unofficial drink of Cuba. Made with fresh mint, white rum, simple syrup, and sparkling water. $8.00
  • Cuba Libre +

    Drink to a free Cuba with this classic cocktail made with Coke, rum, and a hint of lime. $6.00
  • Daiquiri +

    You don't have to be Hemingway to enjoy this classic made with fresh squeezed lime, white rum, simple syrup, and a hint of bitters. $8.00
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Sweets

  • Mantecaditos +

    Traditional Cuban cookies. (Made with house-rendered lard.) $0.75 ea; 3 for $2.00
  • Natilla +

    A traditional Cuban vanilla custard. $3.50
  • Guava Pie +

    Made by Shoofly Pies and Cakes. Friday-Sunday only. $4.00
  • Cupcakes +

    Made by Shoofly Pies and Cakes. Friday-Sunday only. 3.50
  • Carrot Cake +

    Made by Moorehead Manor in Durham. Friday-Sunday only. $4.00
  • Frutas Secas +

    An assortment of dried  figs, dates, apricots, marcona almonds, and local honey. $4.50
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Cafecitos & Teas

  • Cafe cubano +

    Rich espresso with a traditional sugar infusion. $1.50
  • Cortadito +

    Cafe cubano with a dash of warm, frothed milk. $1.65
  • Cafe con leche +

    Cafe cubano with two parts warm, frothed milk. $2.15 reg / $3.15 large / $2.65 iced
  • Americano +

    A rich, flavorful cousin to American style cofee. $2.15
  • Teas +

    From Mighty Leaf Teas: Organic Black Tea, Green Tea, Chamomile, Ginger $2.50
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Terra Sacra – Sacred Earth

  • Healthy Soil
  • Healthy Plants

Old Havana owners Roberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull have started Terra Sacra, a sister farm in Hillsborough to produce many of the ingredients used at Old Havana.

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Offering house-made sodas & classic Cuban cocktails

  • Fresh ingredients
  • Local fruits in season

We offer house-made sodas in a rotating variety of flavors based on what's fresh, seasonal, and just too good to pass up. We also make classic Cuban cocktails and are growing our cocktail list.

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Papa Bull Hot Sauce

  • Made in-house
  • Family recipe

Using the recipe from Elizabeth's father, known affectionately as "Papa Bull," we use fresh habanero peppers, sourced locally whenever possible, to create this spicy, zesty sauce. Makes the perfect accompaniment to our slow-roasted pork!

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  • Catering & Special Events
    Book a private event or let us come to you for your party, office meeting, lecture, or other event.

  • Salsa, Tango, Music
    Join us for 1st Saturday Salsa, 4th Friday Tango, and Periodic Live Music

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • 05 Sep
    First Saturday Salsa Night 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Free lesson at 7:45. $5 cover. Hosted by Rueda RDU.

  • 09 Sep
    Deadline to Sign Up for Cuba Trip All Day

    Feast on Cuba: 10 nights in Havana, Varadero, Cienfuegos

  • 18 Sep
    Third Friday Taste of Poetry 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Open mic organized by Verb, the poet. Sign ups at 7:30 pm. $5

  • 05 Sep - 18 Sep
  • 25 Sep - 16 Oct
  • 23 Oct - 20 Nov
  • 27 Nov - 27 Nov

Featured Dishes

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  • Weekend Special
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    • Praise The Lard
    • Sweet

    Mantecaditos

    Traditional Cuban cookies. (Made with house-rendered lard.) $0.75 ea; 3 for $2.00

    • Sweet
    • Weekend Special

    Cupcakes

    Made by Shoofly Pies and Cakes. Friday-Sunday only. 3.50

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"In Durham, a city of dreamers and doers, Elizabeth Turnbull, Roberto Copa Matos, and their sandwich

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"Cuban Soul in the Heart of Durham"

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"I watched Roberto under a tan fedora,in a light blue collared shirt and white apron as he placed

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Featured Articles

  • Durham just keeps cranking out fantastic new food places, and Old Havana certainly adds one more dimension to the variety and flavors we have on offer.
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  • Very tasty sandwiches! Ordered the El Caney and really enjoyed it.
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  • One word for this place: LOVE. Somehow it's managed to take me this long to actually get over to downtown Durham and try Old Havana, but oh boy, I am so glad I finally did.
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  • The flavors were excellent. Even something as simple as rice and beans really tasted like a treat. We will be back!
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Local Beer

Ask for this draft beer week’s selections from Fullsteam Brewery. $4.00 pint / $10 Pitcher / $2.50 Half Pint

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