Isot is a wonderful local Mediterranean restaurant in the low-key Queen Village neighborhood of Philly. This is definitely the number one place to go for quality Turkish cuisine in the Philly metro region. Because of its' hidden location, it remains an undiscovered gem. The best time to plan your visit is during the fabulous weekday lunch special.
Visit Isot Monday-Friday between 12 and 4 for a wonderful Turkish dining experience. The food is fresh, flavorful, and made from scratch.
The lunch special here is one of the best deals in town. For just 12 bucks, you get to choose a soup, entree, and 2 sides. Served alongside your meal is a tasty antep salad and an onion parsley salad. Fresh pita bread is brought out with your soup. You are also treated to a light appetizer and complimentary drink while you are waiting for your meal.
The meal ends with your choice between Turkish tea or coffee. Go with the coffee if you have never tried it before. Turkish coffee is bold and flavorful, while still being incredibly smooth. It's hard to go back to drinking drip after tasting this incredible coffee which dates back to the 1500's.
I recommend enjoying a cup of lentil soup. This is one of the best soups I've ever tasted - really incredible! As far as entrees go, the Veggie Kabob is a nice healthy choice. Bulgur rice and sauteed vegetables make for a nice side.
On a side note, Isot is a BYOB.
Service at Isot is A+ all the way. The host and waiters are all so courteous and professional. The food is timed perfectly and well presented. The great service is definitely the highlight of the dining experience here.
The decor is upscale casual, modern, and inviting. The dining room offers a nice romantic vibe, thus making it one of the best choices in Philly for an afternoon lunch date.
Stop by Isot for a wonderful authentic Turkish meal. You will not find a better choice in Philly. Fortunately, reservations are usually not necessary for lunch so you can stop by on a whim. Lunchtime is really the best value as you have the unique opportunity to try numerous foods without spending an arm and a leg.