Sexy but not overbearing, festive yet not cliché, La Isla is a sensory escape for those yearning for a latin feel with pirate roots. Pirate roots? Yes, pirate roots. This Puerto Rican restaurant, located on NW 45th in Ballard, boasts delightful Puerto Rican traditional fair and an extensive and varied aged Rum selection that is sure to suit any palate, regardless of how in touch with your sea faring spirit you are. We recommend coming for the late night happy hour (10pm-1am), the $4 Mojito is a refreshing mint masquerade for our thirsty sailor souls.
We set sail for La Isla often for happy hour, two people can get their fill on a festival of fried fascinations for cheap. $2 Empanadillas are filled with your choice of seasoned meats, potatoes, veggies, or even pizza. Each little dough pocket is fried to a crisp. We suggest the pork—marinated in orange juice and spices then slow roasted for days, it is a handheld, crispy fried portable version of their most popular dish: one was enough to nibble at the whole night. We wouldn’t dream of stopping in and not ordering the Chicharrones de Pollo, crispy adobo seasoned fried chicken bites—a $4 plate is always too generous a portion which is fine because we adore the leftovers.
If substance is in your cards and you’ve got some booty to blow, try the Pechuga de Pollo sandwich or keep it regional with Salmon a la Parilla. Whatever you are in the mood for, however much you are trying to spend—La Isla, with its turquoise walls, candlelit tables, and optional outdoor dining in warmer months, is a vacation for romantics, foodies, and rum-guzzling pirates and wenches alike.
2320 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107