Brace for one of fall's biggest and brightest openings: Madrina, the new project from the Misery Loves Co. guys (Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar II, and Jeremy Hargrove) is currently in soft opening mode at the Shops of Highland Park, with the official opening set for this Friday. The new neighbor to TJ's Seafood Market and Carbone's — and younger sibling to Proof + Pantry at One Arts Plaza — promises a unique hybrid of French and Mexican cuisines, with former Komali chef Julio Peraza heading up the kitchen.
The dining room is neutral in every way, with unusual lighting fixtures and geometric flooring adding a punch of pizzazz. Expect artful plates like duck confit enfriojaladas in grass-green cilantro tortillas, potato tamales with creme fraiche and caviar, and churros with violet ice cream.
Reservations are now open via OpenTable. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the full menu: