From Our Editors
La Isla: A User’s Guide
- Appetizer: empanadillas stuffed with garlic-and-onion mashed potatoes
- Sandwich: pernil—marinated and slow-cooked pork shoulder
- Entree: pollo guisado—chicken thighs that are slow-cooked in sofrito with olives, capers, and potatoes
What to Drink: Though La Isla’s main draw is its 60-plus varieties of rum, they also excel with tropical cocktails such as piña coladas, daiquiris, margaritas. It’s also tough to resist $3 mojitos during the late-night happy hour.
When to Go: Swing by for the weekly Rum Club (Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Seattle, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Redmond). For $25, you get a flight of three or more exotic rums with food pairings. But no matter when you visit, the restaurant stays open until at least midnight—or until the mayor declares it’s bedtime for the whole town.
Where to Sit: If you’re at the Seattle location during the summer months, grab a spot on the dog-friendly patio. All well-behaved (and leashed) pups are welcome.
Sofrito: a Caribbean and Latin American sauce that blends roasted garlic, onions, cilantro, aji peppers, spices, and the Caribbean herb, recao. Sometimes tomatoes are included.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.