Experience Isabel’s Cantina, where cultures are thoughtfully integrated to create irresistible, modern taste sensations. Traditional Latin and Asian cuisines come together here, giving sustenance to a new kind of soul food.
Self-taught owner, cookbook author and chef Isabel Cruz brings her culinary Latin heritage front and center, adding to it the Asian influence she absorbed while growing up in Los Angeles. You can feel the passion that goes into each surprising new flavor combination, resulting in the bold and exotic – and surprisingly healthy- menu choices she proudly serves. By incorporating ingredients that range from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, our guests enjoy a vegetarian’s delight as well as a meat-lover’s paradise for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Isabel’s Cantina is among the top breakfast places in town (served until 2:30 p.m.), with good reason, boasting Banana-Blackberry Pancakes, Breakfast Tamales, Scrambles and French Toast made with our house-made Cinnamon Bread. Lunch and dinner options include Ahi Wontons, Chicken Lettuce Wraps and fire-roasted Chile Relleno with house-made salsas. Escape from the rowdy Pacific Beach bars and end up at Isabel’s for desserts such as Coconut Flan and sin-free (sorta) Flourless Chocolate Cake. Our drink menu shimmers with enticing options, too, like Mexican Mochas and Kale Mimosas. Or, focus on your health with a Turmeric Latte or Green Dragon.
966 Felspar Stat St.
San Diego, Ca 92109
Daily 8 am –2:30 pm
Th-F-Sa 5 pm – close
about the chef
chef isabel cruz
Chef's philosophy “Our dishes have simple ingredients and are made from scratch, They’re healthy and simplified and allow for restrictions, like gluten free, low-fat, and paleo.”
Isabel’s family is Puerto Rican, and her dishes reflect that tropical origin story with a lot of produce and seafood. Starting out with clean food, has made it easier to lighten up and still keep flavor in each dish. She pointed out that Latin food doesn’t have a lot of dairy, such as butter sauces. She bakes instead of fries. And she switches out better oils for lard. Isabel also incorporates a lot of Asian culinary influences.
Growing up, what was often on the Isabel's family table were black beans and rice, roasted chicken and plantains, as well as salad. You’ll find them on the menu at Isabel’s Cantina, too. At home, Isabel loves a good roasted chicken, salt-brined for two days to create crispy bird on the outside and juicy inside, along with seasonal vegetables.
the latin table
Latin food doesn't take a ton of planning, it's very basic and simple, this is The Latin Table is all about, it's about enjoying yourself with friends, It shouldn't be stressful to put together even if it's an impromptu meal.
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