Media Noche

Your Next Lunch Shall Include Cubans, Pink Flamingos and Sunshine

Come, Enjoy This Little Sandwich Shop Called Media Noche

By Joe Starkey
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Congratulations, you now get to say the words “Follow the pink flamingos” to someone.

No, really. Congratulations on that.

Because just on the other side of a 19th street wall depicting everyone’s favorite pink, flightless birds lies Media Noche. It’s a rather sexy, rather fast-casual Cuban-by-way-of-Miami sandwich spot in the Mission that’s open now and looks exactly like this.

It’s got tons of windows, so it’s nice and bright. It’s got a white-and-teal color scheme, so it’s nice and... that. And see those vintage tiles scattered about? Those replicate an actual pattern the owners found in Cuba. The teeny-tiny neon flamingo is just a teeny-tiny neon flamingo.

Pop in around lunch with some friends and grab one of their four versions of the classic Cubano. The Celia with island fried chicken, coconut slaw and “famous green sauce” sounds about right. As does a glass of seasonally rotating sangria created by the Wildhawk bar across the street.

In the immortal words of Will Smith’s backup singer, “Bienvenido a Miami.”

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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