Driving north on I-81, my brother and I decided to pull off during the evening for a quick bite. We weren't too enthusiastic believing we would be met with the usual suspects upon exiting the highway. Much to our surprise, we drove only about 5 minutes and found ourselves in the heart of the city. We encountered this gem at the first set of traffic lights.
This is not a fancy place (to put it mildly) and it appeared that most of the patrons were regulars. In any case, we examined the choices behind the glass and made our selections. The very friendly server refused to sell us chicken as she explained that, at that hour, it was mostly bones that remained in the pan. Fair enough. We elected to feast on beef, rice, vegetables and noodles. Each dish was better than the last. We cleaned our plates.
Our bill was a whopping $20 for both meals. I am no expert on Cuban or Dominican dishes and neither is my brother. All I can say is that we were very, very pleased with La Isla and will be making it a point to eat there again when heading up the 81.