Izzy's Steak & Chop House CLOSED 59 Grand Ave./Webster St., (510) 452-2822. D daily; $$$.
Located two blocks west of Lake Merritt, this expansive--the restaurant spreads through three large rooms--yet cozy venue serves quality steaks at competitive prices. Dining room decor includes a collection of antique pub mirrors, beer trays, and ceramic whiskey bottles, as well as a few elk horns.
|dining room at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
The inviting full bar in front features a high ceiling, slow-spinning fans, and a lighted honey onyx bar with a granite top.
|bar at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
In addition to corn-fed USDA Choice Midwestern beef, the menu includes premium pork chops and fresh fish. Portions are generous. Drink choices include a California-centric wine list (we chose a smooth Franciscan cabernet that paired well with our steaks), craft beers, and both classic and original cocktails such as the Izzy’s Manhattan, Dragon Fruit Cosmo, and Hemingway Daiquiri.
|wine-opening at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
Appetizers include salads, a soup, and roasted mussels, as well as sautéed button mushrooms that are more like mushrooms in soup broth (still, we ate them all). Sourdough bread is complimentary. For my main course, I ordered the signature New York sirloin steak, which is aged 21-plus days. It was well-seasoned and cooked to perfection--in my case that is medium.
|New York steak at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
More beef cuts include slow-roasted prime rib, filet mignon (which my dining partner chose and indicated was very tender), and filet medallions au poivre with pepper cream sauce.
|filet mignon steak at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
Each meal comes with a choice of two sides. We both chose a baked potato with sour cream, and he added carrots with onions while I added naked steamed broccoli (it needed some flavoring). More sides include creamed spinach, the chefs’ signature potatoes au gratin, and French fries cut in house. Housemade desserts are generally rich--New York cheese cake, chocolate mousse cake, and a refreshing Key lime pie--
|Key lime pie at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
but I found a lighter option, seasonal fresh strawberries with whipped cream.
|fresh strawberries and whipped cream at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California|
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