2601 Pennsylvania Avenue (Art Museum/Fairmont)
Don Memo’s closed, and Lolita and Tres Jalapenos got liquor licenses, and all of Philly was confused as to where we could fiesta with some comida mexicano. Isabel is our answer.
Like Lolita, Isabel will give you fresh margarita mix to go with your tequila (why would you bring anything else?). You pour the mix into really cute jars, and the flavors, like pomegranate and fresh lime, are fantastic.
Similar to any solid Mexican joint, Isabel does great things with it’s guac. They give a bunch of different flavor options, but we opted for the original and it was fresh and delicious. The chips were a little burnt and tasted like fritos, but once you dunked them in salsa or the guac, it didn’t matter. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, order some nachos. Smothered in beans, cheese and sour cream, these babies don’t disappoint.
There are an abundance of typical options for mains, from tacos/burritos to quesadillas to enchiladas and salads. The carne asada tacos were filling and perfectly fine, as were the variety of quesadillas my table ordered. It’s all edible and enough food for your money, but won’t rock your world. Wash it down with an extra pitcher.
One warning: the space is all open, from the full-panel windows to the open kitchen, so people will be watching and probably laughing at your debauchery. Once you have enough margaritas you probably won’t care, though, so hit up Isabel and live la vida loca.