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Elizabeth Turnbull
Old Havana Sandwich Shop
310 E Main St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 667-9525

Accolades and Awards


INDY Week Best of the Triangle
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2014

Durham Magazine Best of Durham
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Greg Cox, News and Observer
Best Restaurants in the Triangle 2014, 2016

NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2015

Speaking engagements

Durham County Public Library
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Plate Magazine: Cuban Sandwiches Offer a Canvas to Riff On

"Roberto Copa Matos of Old Havana Sandwich Shop in Durham, N.C., offers a number of riffs on the Cuban, including the Saigon, which is also inspired by a Vietnamese bánh mì." –Nevin Martell, Plate Magazine

Originally published July 14, 2017
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Vogue Magazine: Why Durham is North Carolina's Hippest City

“In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary has emerged… Old Havana Sandwich Shop also a staple for an authentic Havana or El Caney with slow roasted pork.” –Jennifer Rice, Vogue

Originally published April 7, 2017
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Image: Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo Like a Local – 9 of the Best Restaurants in Durham

“The Old Havana Sandwich Shop is a trip to Cuba… The common Carolina theme of sustainable food rings true, as the restaurant has grown into a farm-to-table establishment with its own farm in a nearby town.” –Madeline Monaco,

Originally published May 2, 2017
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Photo: dodsonphotos via Flickr, as published on

NC Weekend – UNCTV – Old Havana Sandwich Shop and Cafe

“If you want to experience Cuba, go to the Old Havana Sandwich Shop… Be Prepared for an authentic, welcoming environment… Everything about it just speaks ‘Cuban.’”

Originally aired May 2017
Produced by Scott Marsh, UNCTV
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INDY week: Our 50 Favorite Local Restaurants Right Now


“Since they opened Old Havana six years ago, the two have melded the farm-to-table ethos with Cuban tradition, using all local, all pasture-raised pigs to make the most succulent pork dishes in town.” –Victoria Bouloubasis, INDY Week

Originally published in INDY Week Eats Guide, Spring 2017
Photo: Alex Boerner, INDY Week

Lost and Found: Old Havana Sandwich Shop Unearths the Culinary Gems of Cuba's Past in a Revelatory Dinner Series

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Lost and Found: Old Havana Sandwich Shop Unearths the Culinary Gems of Cuba's Past in a Revelatory Dinner Series 

"The small restaurant, which just celebrated six years, occupies a 1920s structure that formerly housed the Durham Sun newspaper. With its grandiose arched windows, coffered ceilings, and creaky wood floors, the historic space sits just one block east of Durham's downtown hype... [Roberto's] pork, locally and sustainably raised, is the best in town." –Victoria Bouloubasis, INDY Week

–Originally published February 22, 2017
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Article by Victoria Bouloubasis. Photo by Alex Boerner.

Our State

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"In Durham, a city of dreamers and doers, Elizabeth Turnbull, Roberto Copa Matos, and their sandwich shop, Old Havana, represent both categories." –Katie Saintsing, Our State

Originally published February 17, 2015
 Full article available from Our State 
Article by Katie Saintsing. Photo from Our State

Coming Home: The Best of Durham 2016

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Coming Home

"Whether it's choosing local heritage pork to make dishes that reflect Havana's heyday as a bustling 19th-century port city or creating modern meals that reflect the diversity of the Latin experience in America, they ground every decision in a guiding principle of authenticity."

–from the August 2016 issue

News and Observer

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Named one of 'Triangle's Best Restaurants You Need to Taste in 2014' by Greg Cox

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The Dish in Durham Magazine

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Yay! of Pigs

"The cuban expression le zumba el merequetén probably comes closest to describing the nirvana-like contentment following a meal at Old Havana Sandwich Shop. There's no defnite, literal translation of the phrase, but basically, it means "mind-blowing." That about caputres this downotwn place that celebrates the best of Cuban culture, featuring pieces from Cuban artists and evenings dedicated to Latin music and dancing."

–from the December/January 2012 issue

Talk of Our Towns: Durham Magazine Podcast

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Talk of Our Towns with Durham Magazine's Andrea Griffith

"Andrea chats with Old Havana Sandwich Shop’s Roberto about his recent trips back to his native Cuba, the lost dishes of Cuba that he is recreating as part of special dinners on the third Friday of every month and the small farm he has started in Hillsborough to ensure his customers eat globally and locally at the same time."

–Episode 26

"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 a small ceramic bowl onto a scale and meticulously weighed out salt for each piece of meat."

Read the full article on La Buena Vida Magazine.

photo courtesy of Toriano Fredericks