2601 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Directions
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  • Cuisine
    Mexican, Tex Mex, Cafe



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Nataliya K.
Report | 10 months ago
Try the pozole!
Tammy D.
Report | 2 years ago
Everything was delicious, the server very knowledgeable and consistent, very nice guy!!!!
Wanda W.
Report | 2 years ago
Excellent service, good prices and BYOB The key lime pie was out of this world. The fried banana on the cochinita pibil Was a great touch.
Valerie W.
Report | 2 years ago
I often enjoy the leftovers the day after even more...
Leigh P.
Report | 2 years ago
We live in the neighborhood and have a choice of many good restaurants. This is a favorite.
Jon S.
Report | 2 years ago
i just wish the bathrooms weren't so far away, but there's nothing that can be done about that. everything else was fantastic.
La'Kesha B.
Report | 2 years ago
I would definitely recommend to my friends!
Ted S.
Report | 2 years ago
very attentive service,
Jill F.
Report | 2 years ago
The staff was incredibly kind and accommodating (particularly as we asked if we could get take-out rather than eat in the restaurant). I will definitely be back!
Amy B.
Report | 2 years ago
We would definately return to Isabel's, and we would bring guests.
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From Our Editors

Christened after the identically named daughter and niece of owners Michael Poole and Van Chau, Isabel is flooded with light to emulate the little girls’ smiles. Palm fronds catch natural light that streams in from full-wall windows and guest appearances from the sun itself, which is rumored to love the empanadas. Seated next to the dappled orange walls and brick-colored tiles, guests dip crispy tortilla chips into guacamole or queso fundido studded with chorizo and mushrooms before servers shuttle heaping plates of spiced meats from the bustling kitchen. The chefs draw inspiration from the bright, intense flavors of Mexican and Californian recipes to create brunch and dinner dishes such as drunken chicken in pasilla chili tequila sauce. The proprietors' eclectic spirit keeps them from falling into predictable flavor patterns, however—they'll just as readily cover prosciutto-style duck in chocolate sauce as bake a dish of huevos rancheros, relying on a talent for fusion also seen at their other restaurant, the pan-Asian Trio.

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Philadelphia Restaurant Guide

While Philadelphia will always be known as the home of the cheesesteak, it has a wide variety of cuisines that can be found in places other than a typical sandwich shop. From romantic French cuisine to traditional Mexican food, Philadelphia restaurants provide an assortment of foods and experiences that can delight even the most dedicated foodie.

People who enjoy French food, attentive service and an incredible ambiance should stop by Parc Restaurant, Bistro & Cafe. The valet service and outdoor seating at Parc will provide a carefree, relaxing evening, which is perfect for romance. Hidden away on 8th Street, the popular restaurant Bibou brings French charm to Philadelphia. Customers eating at Bibou who want to enjoy wine with their dinner should prepare to bring their own bottle.

Diners interested in modern Asian fusions should visit one of four popular spots. Old City Asian Bistro and Buddakan are both located in Olde City. Chifa, which serves Peruvian/Asian fusions, and Sampan, a small-plate restaurant, are both located in the Market East neighborhood. They both have chef's tasting menus, which is a great way for those dining alone to experience a variety of menu options.

For a complete departure from standard Philadelphia food, diners should consider one of the great Mexican restaurants in the area. Those dining in Philadelphia who are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine should try Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria. El Jarocho is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves beef tongue tacos and cemitas. Diners interested in authentic tortillas should stop by Tortilleria San Roman to sample some amazing tortillas, chips and salsa.

Customers who are looking for delicious food at locations other than sandwich shops, pizzerias or burger joints will be happy to know that Philadelphia is a city that will meet their dining needs.

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