Airport Variety Store, gone

Sadly, the little cuban place that my Dad turned me on to many years ago is now a vacant lot.

Airport Variety Store (I didn’t know the name until I looked it up today) was located across from the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. It was known for its cuban sandwiches, but my father and I would go in for the crab roll. For those not familiar with the crab roll, it is a deviled crab sort of thing they used to keep in a little food warmer on the counter. If hot sauce was your thing, they would jam a squeeze bottle of vinegary pepper sauce in each end and give it a generous squirt. The resulting mess was wrapped in wax paper and thrown in a paper bag. It was delicious.

Update 2017-03-06: I found a blurry picture of one of these crab rolls from back in 2009. The picture doesn’t really do it any justice, but I thought a bad picture was better than no picture at all.

Crab Roll

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