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Isabel's Cantina Restaurant Review: Isabel's Cantina is our favorite Isabel Cruz (a.k.a. Food Girl) restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are hearty, yet healthy. Much like the menus at her Mission Café locations, they are chock full of black beans, brown rice and tofu brought to life by ingredients like zesty salsa, luscious coconut milk and wasabi cream. The real attraction here is dinner. Self taught, Cruz creates a fusion cuisine from the influences in her life, with lovely Thai, Puerto Rican, Korean, Mexican and Japanese touches. For starters, we suggest the Asian grilled vegetable plate. Cruz plates sweet, teriyaki-style mushrooms, crispy sweet potatoes, crunchy steamed beans and grilled Japanese eggplant with fiery dipping sauces that will make your eyes water. When it comes to lettuce wraps, the steak-chicken combo is the way to go. Tender, soy-glazed meat plus refreshing iceberg lettuce and nutty peanut sauce equals happy taste buds. Entrées range from tofu noodle bowls to skirt steak, and desserts often contain tropical ingredients such as coconut and plantains. It's hard to appreciate the ambience of the space unless it's dark---candles, towering ceilings, and a 12-foot Buddha lend a mystical mood.