I happened upon Isalita one night with a friend. It was the end of Thanksgiving break and after an exhausting day we were in search of some good Mexican food and a place to rest our tired feet. Isalita didn’t disappoint, and since then, I’ve been back whenever the opportunity for a nice dinner out arises.
The atmosphere is sophisticated and classy, and the food is fantastic. I recommend the peel & eat shrimp and the Mexico City mushroom quesadilla, though I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had there. The different dishes are perfect for sharing with a group of friends — and if you’re planning on going with 5 or more others, make sure to call ahead for a reservation, as Isalita is consistently packed. Though the prices may be a bit out of a student’s everyday budget, if you’re in search of a nice night out and willing to sacrifice a few hours of work at Espresso Royale or Bert’s Cafe, Isalita is well worth a short walk down East Liberty.