This year marked Martínez’s second nomination in the best chef in the Mid-Atlantic category and her first James Beard Award win overall. Before 2022, she had been named as a semifinalist in the category every year since 2017.
Martínez serves tacos, tamales, consommé and more at
South Philly Barbacoa
, a colorful and flavorful Mexican spot in the
. In 2020, she expanded her presence along South Ninth Street, opening the affordability-focused
a few doors down from her now-iconic South Philly Barbacoa location.
In addition to her cooking accolades, Martínez is lauded in the community for her work with the city’s immigrant population.
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South Philly Barbacoa is open at 5 a.m. for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Lines often trail out the door, and customers gather around the communal tables, along the wall counter and at a few outdoor tables until close at 3 p.m.
Casa Mexico is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and recently expanded into a larger space previously occupied by longstanding punk rock venue Connie’s Ric Rac. The menu features family recipes handed down over five generations.
Philly & the James Beard Foundation Awards
The 2022 James Beard Awards signaled that Philadelphia’s dining scene remains one of the best in the country as the restaurant industry bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four Philly chefs and restaurants were 2022 nominees for the prestigious awards, which were handed out at a swanky ceremony in Chicago, Illinois.