Bob and I have been dining often at Havana Beach Cafe lately because the owners, Mel and Connie Barauskas, added my favorite Cuban treat to the menu - the media noche sandwich. The menu has always included a grilled Cuban sandwich made with the same ingredients as the media noche - ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and pickles.
The Cuban sandwich is enfolded in crispy-crusted Cuban bread. The media noche requires a similarly thin bread, but it's a sweet bread, a little like egg bread with a shiny smooth crust. I think sweet bread complements the meat.
Years ago, I asked Mel in his original cafe on Verdugo Road, "Why no media noche?" Mel said the locals weren't familiar with Cuban food. Most of his patrons of Cuban heritage came for the heartier, traditional dinner entrees.