What a find!! Next to the new Cafe 976, this place always seemed to be changing hands, or was closed for some reason. Now, the space has a winner in Isabel's. It's great for families, couples, or groups looking for a low key, sophisticated vibe with great food, drink and service.
We came in without a reservation and luckily, got a great table near the Buddha in back. The menu is full of sustainable options, veggie options, and great takes on Mexican and Thai/Vietnamese/Chinese dishes.
Usually, I hate the idea of "fusion". But Isabel's proved us wrong. My wife had the Buddha noodle bowl wirh tofu and I had the special "3 piggies" tacos, with carnitas, chicharron, and bacon. My wife loves noodles and eats once a week at one of two great local spots - Izakaya and Jinya - and Isabel's stacked up against both. Impressive. The tacos were as good as anything at Puesto and the jalapeno margarita was the perfect complement. All of that, coupled with the festive lighting, reclaimed wood bar top, and giant 8 ft Buddha statue made for a surprisingly great date night in PB.
For dinner and drinks, plus a to go order of the pineapple fried rice for our kids, we were out of there for under $70.
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