A well-cooked meal creates the comforting feeling of being home, with flavors hugging your tongue and finishing your social-studies project for you before gently pushing you toward the digestion bus. Treasure mouth-based memories with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at La Casa de Isaac in Highland Park. La Casa de Isaac serves up authentic home-cooked Mexican fare in a family-friendly atmosphere. Early birds can quiet still-snoring stomachs with breakfast selections such as the huevos a la Mexicana, featuring eggs scrambled with seasoned beef, onions, tomato, and jalapeno ($6.50). Dinnertime diners can tease taste buds into alertness with the starter of picaditas estilo Huitzuco, a plated port of three masa boats crewed with your choice of guajillo or green-tomatillo sauce and fresco cheese ($8). Seductively succulent entrees include the rico suave, a broiled hanger steak sporting a clinging robe of poblano-cream sauce ($16.95), and flavorful finishers include the oxymoronic but delicious helado frito, or fried ice cream ($6).
La Casa de Isaac was named one of the Great Neighborhood Restaurants by LTHForum in 2007 and it was featured in Chicago magazine. Eighty-eight percent of more than 150 Urbanspooners recommend it and Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
- Start with vegetarian picaditas estilo Huitzuco—masa boats layered with red or green salsa, sour cream, onion, and fresco cheese... Isaac's casa is the new darling of the North Shore. – D.R.W., Chicago
- Casa de Isaac stands out for it's delicious quality food. I had the portobello quesadillas and OH MAN, so good. Make sure you ask for extra guacamole. The service was great and the prices weren't too bad; I'm definitely coming back. – Adam Shenberg, Urbanspoon
La Casa De Isaac
When Isaac and Moishe Nava decided to open a Mexican restaurant, they flew in their mother, Florencia, all the way from their hometown of Huitzuco, just south of Mexico City. She brought her time-tested recipes with her so she could tutor Isaac and Moishe in preparing authentic dishes such as skirt steak and whole red snapper. Today, the Navas continue serving Florencia's dishes while also evolving their menu through ongoing experimentation and studying which dishes guests like most. To further demonstrate their commitment to their family and heritage, Isaac and Moishe opened a grocery store in Highwood, honoring their father's and grandfather's careers as grocers and famous avocado jugglers. The store supplies most of the restaurants' produce, meat, and fish, keeping the stock at optimal freshness.