photo credit: Audrey Kuhn
When we get asked for suggestions for out of towners visiting SF, we often suggest places like Kokkari, State Bird, or Cotogna. But those places aren't for everyone. For the hardcore, red-blooded carnivores in your life, there's Izzy's Steakhouse.
Izzy's is for the old school people who want their bread with butter rather than olive oil, their steak to look like exactly like what it is (a large slab of animal meat), and to not have to ask any questions about the menu. It’s the kind of joint where, when the food comes out, everyone stops talking. Eating time.
Izzy’s has been around since the late 1980s, and it’s a classic Marina establishment in the vein of Marina Lounge (a.k.a. the Cheers of the Marina) and the tables are full basically every night of the week. Why? The friendly service makes you feel like a local no matter how long you’ve lived here, and the traditional steakhouse food is pretty damn good. Izzy’s is a place where bibs are fully acceptable and first dates are highly discouraged. You need to be very comfortable housing enormous portions with your dining companions.
The set up is pretty standard steakhouse - an entree with two sides. And the portions are not messing around. We usually go for the steamed broccoli and one of the potato options. The seating options are classic wood tables or cozy leather booths, where you can check out all the historical photos on the wall and observe the vast amount of sauces that surround pretty much every table. This is a place where your breadbaskets arrive with a butter basket, and that butter is wrapped in foil, not shaped into a lotus blossom. Dig in.
The main attraction here is a sauce you'll want to spoon up quick/mop your white bread in. Shrimp is pretty tasty too.
None of that grilled stuff up in here. A little spice, and not too greasy.
If vegetables could be al dente - this is it - and it’s delightful. The “mustard” sauce is a little light on the mustard flavor, but the fresh asparagus alone is worth ordering. It's also the only green things you’ll consume all night (hate to break this news, but creamed spinach isn’t healthy)
This is the pro move here. A teriyaki-esque marinade and a good cut of meat makes this our usual order.
Potatoes Izzy’s Way
Scalloped potatoes with the skins mixed in. Cream, butter, potatoes, YEAH.
A baked sweet potato. That is all.
Somehow they make this taste good. Show us your ways, Izzy.
This is the winning dessert for sure (we tried the key lime and chocolate mousse too). All-American cheesecake with a nice sturdy graham cracker crust and some strawberry sauce. Yum.