By Sam Ritter
Since my last review of Isa’s Bistro, we have been back a number of times for both lunches and dinners. I am thrilled to note that, if possible, it has simply gotten better!!
Chef Duane Fernandes has not rested on his laurels and has truly kicked it up a number of notches. The menu continues to change with the season and the availability of farm-to-table fresh ingredients and fare.
We had dinner most recently.
Southern Fried Calamari with smoked guanciale and capers in romanesco sauce
Char-grilled day boat Spanish octopus with fried artichokes and white bean purée and chorizo crumble (you just gotta taste this!!)
Strawberry and burrata salad (a truly spectacular addition: tastes even better than it looks!!)
Anson Mills Farro “Risotto” with wild mushrooms and artichoke sauce (“WOW!!”)
Local goat cheese and arugula stuffed pork tenderloin with red wine poached figs, candied walnuts (THIS was to die for!!)
Desserts were incredible…..
…and quite edible
It too often is the case that initial success of a restaurant is followed by ho-hum sit-back-and-relax mediocrity-driven same ol’/same ol’.
Go. Go back. Go often and be delighted each time!!