By Karen Head

Isabella’s Cafe opened a few months ago in the Decatur/Oakhurst/Kirkwood area along College Avenue.

I’ve visited Isabella’s twice, a note that they must have done things well the first time. The decor is open, albeit a little dark, and an easy place to have dinner AND conversation. The space is as friendly for someone dining alone as it is for a large group. The cafe is also family-friendly.

The menu is what I would call “Northern African meets Southern.” There are some lovely curry dishes along with some surprises like Sweet Potato Tater Tots. The tots themselves are worth the trip!

On the first evening, I was there with my regular dining partner (a.k.a. the hubbie). He had the special, a wonderful plate of beef medallions with chunky smashed potatoes. I had the Grilled Vegetable Panini, which was a little messy but tasted great.

On the second evening, we added two friends to the mix. We began by splitting an order of the Sweet Potato Tater Tots. Have I mentioned how yummy those are?

The men folk (Colin and Mickey) had the Turkey Meatloaf served with Pepper-Jack Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. I sampled it, and wished I’d made the same selection. The mac & cheese is some of the best I’ve had, and the turkey meatloaf wasn’t mushy the way it sometimes can be. Next time I’m having this.

Friend, Jessica, had the Grilled Veggie Salad (Zucchini, Red Onion, Tomatoes, & Bell Peppers) served over Salad Greens with an add-on bit of chicken. I sneaked a taste of a couple of the veggies, and this was another good choice.

I opted for the Spicy Asian Orange Beef served over Basmati Rice, but was a bit disappointed. The “spicy” was just that, without much additional flavor. I really love spicy food, but the spice has to be there for a reason other than being hot.

The portions are generous, so none of us had dessert, but several of the choices were being eaten by other diners who were quick to comment out loud about how good they were.

The beer and wine list is good, but on both visits the cafe was still waiting for their shipment of Tusker Premium Lager from Kenya. We were assured that it would be available very soon.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable.

910 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue – Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

www.isabellascafe.com

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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