Friday, April 12, 2013

Isalita - Ann Arbor, Michigan

I fell in love with authentic mexican cuisine on a mission trip in Mexico during my senior year of high school.  At every meal, I enjoyed the most amazing refried beans, corn tortillas, plantains, and dishes with tomatillo & mole sauces.  Ever since that moment I've been in a love affair with this beautiful culture and cuisine.     

Now my love affair has a name, Isalita. She brings back all the good memories and creates new ones too.  I love the idea of serving in the form of Tapas.  This creates a fun and interactive experience.  Last night I enjoyed the company of three close friends from college (Liz, Onkyong, & Ben).  The food was just as wonderful as our conversation.  We had Truffle Guacamole, Spicy Tuna Ceviche, Al Pastor, Baja Fish, Lengua, Carnitas, Elotes, and Pollo Feliz.  I won't say too much about how incredible that meal was, you'll just have to find out for yourself.  Join them for Hora Feliz (Happy Hour) Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm at the bar and bring some friends!                    

341 E. Liberty St. Ste 2, Downtown A2
(Next to Mani Osteria & Bar, same owner)
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm to 10 pm
Friday-Saturday 4pm to 11pm
Sunday 4pm to 9pm
Isalita Facebook Link

Quality of Food: 97
Quality of Service: 97
Value: 100
Atmosphere: 98
Overall: 98 (Excellent - A Must Try!)

I love the cozy ambience. 

Ginger in the Rye - Craft Beer, very smooth with ginger nuances - fantastic!
Carnitas Taco: pork, pickled onions, cilantro, salsa verde

Al Pastor Taco: guajillo glazed pork belly & pickled pineapple

Spicy Tuna Ceviche: green mango, toasted coconut, pickled onions, chile serrano, lime

Pollo Feliz: fried chicken, morita BBQ, slaw

Elotes: grilled corn, chipotle mayo, queso fresco, chile pequin, lime

Baja Fish Taco: chipotle remoulade, avocado, pickled red cabbage
Salmon Ceviche Taco: avocado, melon, adobo, lime
Lengua: Tongue, Pickled Onions, avocado, cilantro
Goat Tacos
Tres Leches: Coconut, Mango, Kiwi
A Post Card with your bill - Loved this idea!
Enchilada ROJA : chicken, coconut, poblano

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