Cuban sandwich gets an upgrade

Cuban sandwich connoisseurs, take note: It's possible to improve on near-perfection. Check out the Dominican version of the classic at Henry's Deli and Sub Shop, a small ethnic kitchen a block east of Ivanhoe Row.

This rendition ($2.35) has all the standards: roast pork, ham, provolone, pickles, a fresh baguette. But it's juiced up with a liberal stuffing of banana peppers, tomatoes and onions. The restaurant, which seats only 22, has been there for 30 years, the last nine under the helm of owners Marino and Sofia Rossell. Other home-cooked lunch specials include chicken fricassee (Wednesdays), with bell peppers, onions, beans, rice and salad ($4.25), and picadillo on Fridays featuring Spanish-style beef with all the trimmings ($3.50) -- proof that some of the best things in life can be had for less than five bucks.