When it came time to decide who would be on our list of Tastemakers, there was no shortage of opinions around these parts. Battles were waged, sides were taken, and there was blood on the floor. Given all that, it might surprise you to know when it came to ranking our Top 10: Jose Mendin was undisputed.
Opening five restaurants in six locations in less than three years is more than just a culinary feat, it's an edible miracle. Mendin, along with his partners Sergio Navarro and Andreas Schreiner, are responsible for: Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, Macchialina, Barceloneta and PB Steak.
Take into account that every one of these restaurants are beloved by critics, swarmed by locals and respected by chefs; and you have a recipe for a definitive number one.More »