Tuesday, November 8, 2016

880 South: Oakland, Izzy's Steak & Chop House


Izzy's Steak & Chop House  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
fresh strawberries and whipped cream at Izzy's Steak & Chop House in Oakland, California
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