Chef Spotlight

Bernie Matz

Bodega South Beach

Chef Matz is the executive director of culinary for the Menin Hospitality group. Already overseeing all Menin Hospitalitys food and beverage outlets, Chef Bernie brings a unique flair and his passion for cooking to many of their outlets. Now a staple in the Miami culinary scene, Chef Bernie originally attended the University of Florida and graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1984. Still consumed by his passion for food he opened his first restaurant, Wet Paint Café, on Lincoln Road in 1986 when he was only 24. It was at Wet Paint Café where Bernie and Chef Doug Rodriguez developed what was to become a signature style of cuisine called “Nuevo Latino” or New Miami American Cuisine. After his venture in the Miami scene, Chef Bernie worked in New York before honing his culinary abilities at Johnson & Wales culinary school. Prior to joining Menin Hospitality, you could see Chef Bernie at The Café at Books & Books and Bernie’s LA Café. He is a connoisseur of tacos and looks forward to continuing to grow the to delicious cuisine available in South Florida.

About The Restaurant: Bodega South Beach

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is located on Miami Beach off of Alton Road at 1220 16th Street right behind Starbucks. The late night taqueria serving up authentic tacos is steps from famed Lincoln Road Mall and is the perfect before or after movie date spot. Bodega’s menu, available for take-out and sit-down lunch and dinner daily, is the brainchild of Chef Bernie Matz, a connoisseur of the taco. Centered around flame broiled meat cooked on a rotating spit, tacos and tortas range from the traditional meats topped simply with red onion and cilantro, to the unexpected, like The Panza with guajillo braised pork belly, charred onions, fried jalapenos, cilantro and red mole sauce. Bodega serves “Shepard Style” Mexican street food straight out of a vintage Airstream taco truck, filling the areas void for vibrant, authentic Mexican cuisine. With Latin hip-hop blaring in the background, Bodega specializes in mouthwatering tacos and tortas, homemade sodas and authentic beverages in a dynamic, eclectic Mexican “puebla” inspired setting.