Puerto Rico-born chef Jose Mendin may not yet be 40, but his mini empire of globe-inspired restaurants have quickly become South Beach institutions. They’re all located in Sunset Harbor—the tiny ‘hood tucked on South Beach’s western fringe just before the Venetian Islands. Mendin began his ascent with Pubbelly, a cosmopolitan twist on traditional English gastropub cuisine presented in tapas-sized (and -styled) portions. Think yuzu-spiked octopus a la plancha and steak frites with roasted shiitake mushrooms and soft tofu with ponzu, and you’ve got the right idea. All of Pubbelly’s food is locally and sustainably sourced—as are most of the ingredients at his other Sunset Beach hot spots, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta. (All three are located on a quiet slice of 20th Street literally within spying distance of one another.) Where to begin? Start at Pubbelly with a plate of udon carbonara—a west-meets-east take on the Italian classic—or crispy snapper salad with tomatoes and Japanese escabeche, then head to Pubbelly Sushi for its signature rolls (we love the snow crab with ponzu or pork belly with clams). Finish off the night with a Spanish cheese plate and a gin-spiked sangria or the decadent crème brûlée-like Carpone at charming Barceloneta. This is a trifecta waiting to happen.