Of course, there isn't.
It was blowing a fresh breeze and raining cats and dogs as a solo diner showed up a bit early without a reservation. A two-top near the entrance and a friendly greeting from the owner ("someone hasn't shown up for their reservation" she explained). It was clear from the repeated walkups that even on a night like this, reservations would be beneficial. She was, in the most friendly way, making reservations for two nights later for the walkups.
Make no mistake: this is not a casual Mexican island eatery. This is a first-rate, briskly (but comfortably) served, carefully prepared, attentively presented, eating establishment. I have never on Isla, and seldom anywhere, seen a staff so singularly focused and dedicated. From the chef in the open grill to the waiters to the bussers, this was a group that was ON THEIR GAME.
I took the recommendation for the red-by-the-glass and it was a good one. The Mediterranean appetizer (the baba ganoush a standout among the stewed carrots and tabouli) led to the spanakopita, a trip from North Africa to Greece.
A solo diner is sometimes ignored, sometimes rushed. I never felt either. The owner was unfailingly welcoming and kind to everyone she encountered. Her staff was involved and committed. This was really fine dining on a budget, in a place that you would never expect. Brava!
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