Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin Lists His Preferred Restaurants in Miami

Jose Mendin knows good food. As director of culinary operations for the Pubbelly Hospitality Group, the chef oversees some of the most popular kitchens in town — an impressive array that includes Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta, Macchialina, and PB Steak. Here, in his own words, are his favorite restaurants in town.

1. DB Bistro Moderne: "The charcuterie board is my favorite dish in Miami or anywhere."

2. Nobu, Makoto, and Zuma: "These are all great examples of modern Japanese cuisine. They think outside the box and are full of flavor. I can't pick one, so here it is: Nobu, for its new-style sashimi; Makoto, for its tuna air bread (I can eat 100 of those); and Zuma, for the baby chicken, one of the best dishes I've ever tasted."

Hector Torres

Location Info


DB Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Nobu Miami Beach

1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: South Beach


9700 Collins Ave., 107
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: North Dade

Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Barceloneta Spanish Bistro & Mercat

1400 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: South Beach


201 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

3. Barceloneta: "Even though I'm a partner there, it is where you will find me every Sunday for brunch. Chef Juliana Gonzalez has to be one of the best chefs in Miami."

4. Hillstone in Coral Gables: "There is something about the consistency of service and food that I love. My favorite dishes are the hickory burger and the crabcakes."

5. Eating House: "Good technique, fun food, and bold flavors. Yep! I like the Cap'n Crunch pancakes."

My Voice Nation Help