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Plan your visit. We do not like to wait, so if you are like us, you will need to plan. Isalita is open Tuesday-Sunday at 4pm, and it is best to get there as close to 4pm as possible. If you can’t make it there early, call 20 minutes before you plan to arrive 734.213.7400 and they will put your name on the list to give you a jump on your wait. Be aware though, if you come between 6pm and 9pm on a weekend, there is a good chance you will be camping out for over an hour.
Hit happy hour. If you are looking to save some cash but still want to give Isalita a try, go Tuesday-Friday between 4pm and 6pm for good deals on special items…Tuesday: $2 tacos, Wednesday: guacamole discount, Thursday: nacho deals, Friday: fundito (a cheezy chorizo or mushroom concoction that is a customer favorite) on special. There are also drink specials during these hours, but you must sit in the bar area.
Go as a group. I think the only way to enjoy tapas is to go as a group, order a bunch of small plates and eat family style. An added bonus is that they take reservations for parties of 6 or more.
Order only the best. We went to Isalita with a large group and were able to try many of the items that are on the menu, so if I were to go back,
I would definitely order:
- The truffle or mango guacamole ($9). Choose one or the other or if you have a big table, get both. It is fresh and delicious and the tortilla chips are crunchy and addictive. Don’t let them take it away until it is licked clean, you will want it to garnish other items…guac is good on everything.
- The salsa trio ($5). There are levels of taste and heat in each one and I loved mixing them together and into my guacamole. Who can go to Mexican food without chips and salsa?
- Duck Confit Flautas ($9). I am not usually a duck fan, but I wanted to eat everyone of these without sharing. Sweet and savory and just delicious.
- Sweet Plantians ($4). These are a mix between a french fry and a south of the border dessert. I could not get enough of the crispy sweetness. Order more than one plate or be prepared to fight.
- Al Pastor Tacos ($10). This glazed pork belly and pickled pineapple literally melts together inside your mouth. Everyone was crazy about them.
- Enchilada Roja ($6). These mild chicken, coconut and poblano enchiladas were a table pleaser and a real warm, rich comfort dish.
- Black beans and rice ($3). If it doesn’t feel like Mexican food without beans and rice you won’t be disappointed in this offering; it just wasn’t as special as the other items on the menu.
- Enchilada verde ($7). This crab, shrimp and cheese dish was good, but the flavors weren’t nearly as remarkable as the the Enchilada Roja.
- Baja Fish Tacos ($12). So deeply fried, you cannot even taste the fish and it’s not garnished with anything especially flavorful or tasty. A disappointing dud.
- Salmon Ceviche ($12). In all fairness, I do not generally enjoy raw fish, but this was especially unpleasant to me. My husband, on the other hand, thought it was great, so it’s up to you.