Sunday, January 15, 2012

Harry & Izzy's Date Night

My husband and I decided to try the new Harry & Izzy's on the Northside. Harry & Izzy's is a casual offshoot of St. Elmo's Steakhouse in downtown Indy, decorated in cool shades and art deco style. We went on a Sunday and tried the fixed price menu that is available for lunch or dinner for $30. It features a choice of salad, entree and dessert. We enjoyed sitting in the small mezzanine. It was cozy and romantic for two. Lighting was nice and service attentive. I started off with a glass of Chilean cabernet sauvignon that was good with mellow undertones. I had the "garbage salad" which aptly described all the things in it one could imagine - a single half of a shrimp it showcased with bits of Italian meat, over-ripened grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and cucumber on iceberg lettuce. We liked my husband's salad better with its sliced tart apples, red onions, and hunks of blue cheese, with romaine lettuce coated in a champagne rosemary viniagrette. The rolls served were oniony, buttery and crisp on the outside. We opted to have the 10 oz New York strip steak, which was a nice, juicy piece of meat, well-cooked but a little salty. The sides were somewhat gummy mashed potatoes with the skins, and green beans even my husband liked - with a hint of butter and shallots and perfectly cooked. The desserts were incredible - actually my husband's ice cream brownie (Dave's Brownie) was a 10! Rarely, do I leave creme brulee which in its own right was wonderful to go to some plebeian, ice cream thing, but WOW a 10! The brownie was rich, and oh so good with its caramel, toasted nuts and perfectly paired vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. All the food was served on cheap diner-type dishes, though. The food came a little too quickly throughout the evening but maybe it felt that way because we were dating :) All in all, I really did enjoy this restaurant.

Atmosphere- 9
Service - 9
Price - 8
Presentation - 6
Food quality - 8
Overall - 8.5

Overall score from other reviewer sites - 4/5 stars

Listen Up - Go for nicer plates!

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