SRA. MARTINEZ, Miami
Owners: Michele Bernstein, David Martinez
Chef: Michele Bernstein
Cuisine: Latin-influenced Spanish tapas
The Buzz: Michelle Bernstein—the Senora, and a James Beard winner—is the current chef-darling of Miami. Her new Design District tapas palace occupies a former 1920s post office with dimly lit interiors in black, white, and red. The site was originally intended to be Michy’s (her other restaurant, in more humble digs, 25 blocks north). Simple, fresh ingredients, some grown in their private garden, are divided into “Cold and Crisp” and “Warm and Lush” small innovative plates, and more substantial
Platos Grandes, which include T-bone steak and whole boneless chicken and fish. Upstairs, a sexy bar next to a tiny balcony offers signature cocktails such The Matador and Sour Thyme Julep, and carefully chosen Spanish wines.