Michael Martensen and the guys of Misery Loves Co. are preparing to unveil their second restaurant: French-Mexican mashup Madrina will open in early September at the Shops of Highland Park (home to Carbone's and TJ's Seafood Market). Heading up the kitchen is chef Julio Peraza, who hails from Abraham Salum's upscale Mexican restaurant Komali.
A food menu has yet to surface, but for a peek at what's to come, one need only scope out Madrina's Facebook; it's got food porn galore, including some especially fanciful-looking desserts:
As far as savory items go, expect dishes like lobster bisque en croûte with unusual-sounding "black jalapeno ash," plantain empanadas filled with braised oxtail, and these colorful duck confit enfrijoladas with cilantro tortillas:
Martensen is credited with helping usher in the modern cocktail revolution to Dallas, so expect Madrina's drinks list to bring the heat accordingly: Creative-sounding concoctions include a michelada with "house spiced umami mix" and a mai tai that includes orgeat made from pepitas (pumpkin seeds) instead of almonds. Check out the full cocktail list below, and stay tuned for an exact opening date.