Isla Pilipina

Like Goosefoot, this restaurant is in unexplored territory for me. And apparently this street is a gem.

We have “Foodie Dinners” monthly at my amazing place of work. This time, Isla was chosen and we were shown a great time and even greater food.

Located in an unassuming strip mall off Lawrence, this hole-in-the-wall is full of great food and fun. The staff was amazing, welcoming us with new dishes to try and plenty of leftovers to take home! We had a tasting menu that just didn’t end and Stone and Half Acre beer pairings flowing all night.

the lowdown:

  • who: you + friends. make a reso.
  • what: a filipino restaurant with huge portions and fantastic fare.
  • when: whenever you’re in the area or interested in trying some unique food
    • Tues – Sat 11 AM – 9 PM; Sun 11 AM – 7 PM
  • where: 2501 W Lawrence Ave, Unit D
  • why: it’s byob, fantastic staff, and impressive food. and always busy!

isla

photo credit: hide o.

photo credit: hide o.

Bicol Express: Slightly spicy combination of meat , shrimp, squid, and mussels drizzled in coconut milkphoto credit: hide o.

Bicol Express: Slightly spicy combination of meat , shrimp, squid, and mussels drizzled in coconut milk
photo credit: hide o.

Lechon Kawali: Deep fried pork belly served with Filipino style gravyphoto credit: hide o.

Lechon Kawali: Deep fried pork belly served with Filipino style gravy
photo credit: hide o.

lumpia

Lumpia Shanghai: Deep fried mini eggrolls served with sweet & sour sauce: pork, egg, jicama, green onions, carrots, soy sauce, love.
photo credit: hide o.

Pork BBQ: Grilled chunks of BBQ pork on a stickphoto credit: hide o.

Pork BBQ: Grilled chunks of BBQ pork on a stick
photo credit: hide o.

Crispy Pata: Deep fried pork knucklephoto credit: hide o.

Crispy Pata: Deep fried pork knuckle
photo credit: hide o.

isla pilipina

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