The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of international cuisine at Isabella's Café on College Avenue in Decatur.
Isabella's menu is ripe with flavorful dishes that employ fresh ingredients to create internationally influenced fare. Once tucked inside the casual neighborhood atmosphere, mix and match an order of tilapia, turkey or vegetable-stuffed samosas ($8.95, three in an order), or swaddle a palate in a downy quilt of turkey meatloaf, rocked to sleep on a pillow of pepper-jack cheddar mac 'n' cheese ($12.95). There are plenty of inventive vegetarian options, such as the genre-bending spinach and blue cheese salad accented by mango, seasonal fruit, and spiced pecans ($9.95). Sugarcoat the meal's demise with a vanilla cardamom pound cake with lemon glaze ($5.95) or grab a nearby straw and plunk it into a choice specimen from Isabella's South African wine collection. Brunch is also served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Atlanta INtown and Foodie Atlanta gave Isabella’s Café positive reviews. Urbanspooners currently list it No. 9 in the Talk of the Town section and 84% of voting users like it. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.