I probably should have had a full meal before attempting to write my review on Media Noche. Because, although I just had a little snack, my mouth waters as I think back and remember the El Cubano I had…not once, but twice now.
To be honest, the reason I ended up at Media Noche wasn’t because I was on the hunt for delicious cuban food, nope, it also wasn’t for its hip interior or even its music selection (un poco de salsa). What has given this gem an extra bit of fame on Insta and with the social SF locals has been a wall of art outside its Mission restaurant (by Fnnch)…I’m talking about the pink flamingos! I know you’ve seen them.
So, after deciding that I’d gather my gals to go and take a totally Instagram worthy pic at Media, I checked out their site & quickly realized the whole place was dope. Tile flooring, vibrant colors, banana wallpaper…it’s all so pretty, the flamingos just draw you in!
But, back to the food! I had El Cubano which is made up of roasted mojo pork shoulder, smoked ham, swiss, pickles & mustard. I’m kinda hooked now, the second time I had it was actually after looking back at a picture of it on my computer; I couldn’t resist (delivery, no shame). However, I have yet to have their special–the Media Noche sandwich, a hot, pressed Cubano with ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Yup! And, they also serve alcohol, I had the sangria, refreshing and oh so tasty!
Now, while everything I’ve probably written up until now sounds great & appetizing I’m sure, the reason I wanted to share and support this specific restaurant, is for its uniqueness. It’s easy to find a burrito place in the Mission, because this city was once a magnet for Mexican immigrants who created the now famous burrito not too far from this location. But, what Media Noche brings to the city is some Caribbean flavors that were once rare on the west coast and I can’t wait to work my way through their menu and try some more!
So until then, ¡provecho!
Any other local recs? Always open to checking ’em out. Feel free to shoot me an email or a tweet @Joanna_Renteria.