4141 N.E. 2nd Avenue
AWARD: Golden Spoon
A staple among upscale casual menus in the Design District, MC was founded by star chef Dena Marino and is now under Victor Toro. Scallops and octopus, plus pork and lamb in mostly Italian/slight Californian style with New Southern touches and clever pastas. Global and house-made ingredients and original combinations like tater tot waffles at brunch.