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Mi Apa Latin Cafe

Mi Apa Latin Cafe

Latin American lunch stop scores big

By Mike Sanford. GLOB Editor

miaapiaWell the cost of my monthly haircut went up at least $10 when my barber shop moved from their across from campus space into the a space right next to Mi Apa in the Westgate Regency Shopping Center.

I figure an additional $10 because that will be what I will be spending as I now go into Mi Apa every time I go to the Westgate Shopping Center for my hair cut.

I've been getting my haircut from this group of stylists for way longer than I care to share with you.  One of the great things about being married was My Ex-wife started out as a hair stylist so when I was married the barber shop was the kitchen table.

Mi Apa has been one of those lunch stops that is always a good idea but never quite getting into my lunch time rotation.  I guess that's all about to change now I will be right next door at least once a month.



Thoughts of red beans, sweet plaintains, black beans, crusty bread sandwiches, and plates of South American goodness have all I have been thinking about as I planned to go get a haircut the other day.   I always think of my friend Lynn Dirk because she thinks the Mi Apa Flan is really special. The Plato Vegetariano is a special plate of veggie love with black beans, your choice of two sides and white or yellow rice. $6.99.

If you are looking for something different you should try the Mi Apa Venezuelan Hot Arepas.  These sandwiches wrapped in corn meal pouches are special and come in eight variations including Pabellon - with shredded beef, black beans, fried sweet plaintain and aged cheese, $7.49. And the Pollo y Aguacate with shredded seasoned chicken and avocado slices, $6.49.



I was interested in trying a dinner plate of South American delights and chose the Ropa Vieja with shredded cooked beef, Cuban sauce, onions, tomatoes, and sweet Peppers.  I chose an order of Red Beans and Maderos, other wise kniown as sweet plaintains, $8.59.

The Cuban beef was flavorful albeit a little togher than what I usually eat.  The beans would have made a great meal by themselves but I was wondering how I ignored the black beans.  The 4 slices of the Sweet Plaintains were delicious and thick juicy slices of the plaintain was perfect.  I wish i could have had a lunch partner to share to share the dessert like sweet plaintains. YUM!



With the smaller number of patrons due to the Coronavirus-19 there was a lot of space in the dining where the extra would be. The extra tables were removed, I felt like I was in an intimate cafe as opposed to the usual crowd of people I would normally expect in one of Gainesville's popular lunch spots.

Someone once told the GLOB Master that you can tell the originality of the food from other places by how many locals you could see in the dining room.  This lunch stop passes 'local muster test' easily by the number of South Americans you can find dining there any time of the day, or night.

The Pluses and Minuses of Mi Apa

Mi Apa (+) indicators: Perfect lunch stop with different sandwich, plates of Latin American delights, Fried Green Plantain and Flan.

Mi Apa (-) indicators: Crowded because of popularity.  Good wait staff moves customers in and out oif the dining room.

Last modified onTuesday, 26 May 2020 06:06

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 376-7020
  • Address: 114 SW 34th St., Gaineville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
  • Latitude: 29.650722
  • Longitude: -82.372837


  • Mike Edenfield
    Mike Edenfield Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:21 Comment Link

    I've eaten at the Alachua location many times and never had a bad meal. The Cuban and Miami sandwiches are the best.

  • Mary Alford
    Mary Alford Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:31 Comment Link

    I won't eat at Mi Apa because everything is served on styrofoam. :( Not environmentally friendly! Not healthy! Food tastes awesome but even more awesome when not on styrofoam.

  • Angie Shepherd Keen
    Angie Shepherd Keen Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:10 Comment Link

    How coincidental, I too was overtaken by the mere thought of Mi Apa's Cuban sandwich yesterday as I happen to be in the neighborhood running an errand. I didn't see the sign because I was only envisioning all the wonderful Latin choices offered by Mi Apa. They have a drive thru window on the side and the servers are always extremely quick and attentive. All I can say is Mi Apa's Cuban sandwich is simply the best I've ever had! The ham was piled high and the bread was pressed to perfection, and best of all, you can't beat the price. Right on target here GLOB MASTER!!!

    Angie ;)

  • susan
    susan Monday, 22 April 2013 11:28 Comment Link

    Mi Apa now open Alachua also!

  • Abby
    Abby Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:36 Comment Link

    It's funny to see that my favorite food at Mi Apa is the favorite of others also: cafe con leche and guava pastry. That's what I always get there. yum!

  • Marc
    Marc Wednesday, 11 May 2011 23:16 Comment Link

    Where to begin. Coming from an ethnic background I have had better latin cuisines than the ones Mi Apa offers. Originally being from Coral Gables, Fl my ultimate favorite place to eat is in Hialeah, Fl because they serve you like a mother and it doesn't cost a fortune. Mi Apa has decided to decrease their portions and increase the price. For that I will stick to McDonalds for breakfast. On the plus side cafe con leche is the best they got. Monday and Friday mornings are usually the best times to visit and grab some cafe con leche.

  • Carlos Alejandro Delgado
    Carlos Alejandro Delgado Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:28 Comment Link

    Not hungry enough for a meal; just space for a coffee and possibly a desert, try MI Apa.

    + I usually leave enough room for a cafe con leche guava pastry.

  • Cathy DeWitt
    Cathy DeWitt Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:42 Comment Link

    Mi Apa makes the most delicious Cafe con Leche in town. I often go to the drive- thru just for that. It is very sweet, so I usually ask for half the amount of sugar.

    - Cathy DeWitt

  • Jim O
    Jim O Friday, 10 December 2010 10:30 Comment Link

    We have eaten at Latin restaurants all over town and in Ocala. Mi Apa is one of the best. The items we have tried are the best. Have to say their Cuban Sandwich is 2nd to any other rest. in G-ville.

  • Adele
    Adele Friday, 15 October 2010 20:08 Comment Link

    I haven't been to GLOBtown in a while but I must say that I love to stop at Mi Apa, especially for black beans, guava pastries, and guava juice. These delicacies are not easy to find. Yes, I consider them delicacies. You can laugh if you want! If I lived in town Mi Apa would be getting repeat business from me. Well, they do anyway but they don't see me enough to know it! I love that it is a locally owned business. Give them a try!

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