Sandy Sanchez and Benoit Rablat, owners-operators of La Fresa Francesa Petit Café.
Why they’re Food 50: They’re serving unique and truly inspired French cuisine in the mostly Cuban-American suburb of Hialeah.
Hialeah native Sandy Sanchez moved back home several years ago after living in Los Angeles, where she met her French husband, Benoit Rablat, while they were working at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza. They opened their quaint French bistro last year in Hialeah, seating 20 diners at a time under exposed wood beams, strings of lights and a soundtrack of mostly big-band tunes.
Sanchez has an infectious smile as she checks on tables, bringing fresh rounds of guava bellini in old coupe glasses and shaving truffles over eggs. Rablat turns out sweet and savory buckwheat crepes on the weekends. His Cubano in Paris sandwich is not to be missed, with its tender strands of braised and pulled pork on a bun with Gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard and house-pickled red onions.
Where to find them: La Fresa Francesa Petit Cafe, 59 W. Third St., Hialeah; 786-717-6886.