Isla Vida is a spot in the Fillmore from the people behind Farmerbrown, but instead of Southern classics, the menu is mostly Afro-Caribbean and Cuban, with things like jerk chicken and black beans. The jerk chicken has a good amount of kick, and the congri (rice and beans) it comes with is good enough to get on its own, but the best thing here is the Cubano. It’s a casual spot with long tables, so you’re good coming in with a group, or just by yourself when you need a pick me up in the form of spicy chicken.
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