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Media Noche’s chef’s cubano benefits Quentin Cooks this month

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“E-14 Banh Mi” at Media Noche

Every month at Cuban-style fast-casual restaurant Media Noche, a different chef is putting their own spin on traditional Cubanos. This month, Tu David Phu, an Oakland chef behind the Vietnamese pop-up Ăn and a contestant on the current Denver season of Top Chef, is making the “Chef’s Cubano,” and his creation is inspired by banh mi, with lemongrass pork belly, peppercorn chicken pate, nuoc mam aioli, pickled carrots and daikon, whole grain mustard, cucumber, jalapeno, and cilantro. He’s calling it the “E-14 Banh Mi,” and 10 percent of its sales go to Quentin Cooks, a nonprofit working for a more humane justice system.

Junior brings Almanac burgers to your barstool

Starting today, Junior, a new 24th Street cocktail oasis from the Anina/Brass + Tacks folks, is delivering burgers to barstools courtesy of the nearby Almanac Taproom. At that beer bar down the block, chef Justin Wright fixes a double patty with white cheddar, pickled red onion, and special sauce. Burger delivery hours at Junior are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Is Google selling Zagat?

Google, which bought dining guidebook Zagat in 2011 for $151 million, is reportedly looking to sell the brand, though the tech company declined to comment on its intentions. Zagat guides, which were once published in over 100 countries, were limited to focus on just 30 cities in 2013.

Deflina in Movimento does lunch

Delfina is currently staging its temporary takeover of evicted neighbor Farina while it revamps its own restaurant space, and now it’s adding lunch everyday from 11:30 to 2 p.m., every day except Tuesday the 9th. Reservations are online — here’s a sample menu for tonight:

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