Chefs’ ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon to Isabel’s Cantina. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of anything on the dinner menu, served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weeknights and until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of anything on the breakfast and lunch menu, served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.<p>
When she’s not authoring her own cookbook, Chef Isabel Cruz busies herself by merging the Latin flavors of her heritage with Asian inspiration garnered from growing up in Los Angeles. Dinners begin with starters such as crispy shoestring plantains accompanied by chipotle cream ($7) before guests graduate to entrees, including the signature Buddha bowl, a pool of lemongrass, miso, and coconut milk filled with shiitaki mushrooms, veggies, noodles, and cilantro ($12 for dinner; $9.75 for lunch). Chefs marinate the sirloin steak before trimming it, like a caterer’s Christmas tree, with shoestring plantains, steamed greens, and cilantro lime sauce ($20).
All-day breakfast options include a variety of french-toast plates as well as unique morsels such as the crispy dragon potatoes, which culinary crew members season with rosemary before tossing the savory spuds atop a hot grill with jalapeños, avocado, cheese, and salsa ($8.50). Noontime diners can pair marinated chicken lettuce wraps ($11) with chips and salsa or sample the chicken burrito ($10), as the eatery’s 15-foot figure of Buddha peacefully wards off any loitering Statues of Liberty.
966 Felspar St.
San Diego, California 92109