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A spread of food from Isa in Portland, Maine.

Isa Bistro



$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good WineDate NightOutdoor/Patio SituationSmall Plates


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Yes, Isa is right behind the city’s post office, and yes they call their cuisine “eclectic.” What you really need to know is that there might be no restaurant in the area that’s better for a midday Friday lunch or a simple dinner that feels special. Their menu is updated daily but anything involving pastas or tortillas is good, specifically the brown butter lobster tostada and the eggplant lasagna. They also do solid renditions of bistro classics, hello steak and grilled pork chop, but you can also just order a plate of taquitos stuffed with potatoes and cheese and call it a day. No matter what you order, try and grab a seat by the windows that overlook Deering Oaks Park.

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