All photos by Catherine Downes.

Feast Your Eyes on Madrina at The Shops of Highland Park

Take an exclusive sneak peek inside.

In April we broke the news that Madrina, a new restaurant from the Misery Loves Co. Restaurant Group, was slated to open at The Shops of Highland Park. Well, that time has come. I stopped by the upscale restaurant this afternoon to sneak a peek inside.

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Chef Julio Peraza, previously of Komali and Salum, has stepped into the role of executive chef. I caught a glimpse of him through the open kitchen as he prepared meat for the restaurant’s soft opening this weekend.

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The menu features dishes inspired by Mexican and French cuisine. Offerings include snow crab salad with gribiche, cilantro, chives, green papaya, and prickly pear; potato tamal with ricotta cheese, whipped potatoes, crème fraîche and American caviar; roasted halibut with white beans, avocado squash, chorizo, and cherry vinegar jus; and braised oxtail with plantains, jalapeño cream, and xnipec salsa.

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The bar offers vermouth on tap, Mexican and French draft beer, 120 bottles of wine (24 of which can be ordered by the glass), and variety of specialty cocktails.

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The cocktail menu is divided into two sections: Mexican-inspired and French-inspired. Highlights include the “Mexican Monk” made with blanco tequila, yellow Chartreuse, jalapeño, lime juice, and agave syrup; “Night Changes” with pear brandy, lemon juice, lemon oleo, and sparking wine; and “Ernesto is Back” made with blue cane rhum, lime, cane syrup, and absinthe. There is also a selection of beer cocktails.

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Highlight: The bartenders at Madrina are pouring their own brand of brandy, bottled by Germain-Robin in Ukiah, California.

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The restaurant softly opens to the public on Sunday.

Madrina is located at 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

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