Ever heard the phrase “love at first site?” Or maybe it’s like when you go on a dating website and even before you meet that person, you know they are going to be someone who changes your life. That’s how I felt upon looking at Izzy’s Fish & Oyster‘s menu and seeing “Lobster Poutine.” I’ll repeat. LOBSTER. POUTINE. In case you don’t know yet, I’m obsessed with french fries. Poutine are french fries dressed in cheese curds and gravy. And then – add lobster. I’ll give you a minute to divorce your significant other, because that’s what I would have done had I had one. Except you can’t marry Lobster Poutine, because I already have and we’re very happy without you, thankyouverymuch.
But I digress. Izzy’s is much more than just one dish, and I need to tell you about them ALL. Shaina from Take A Bite Out Of Boca, my EPIC (That’s Eating Partner In Crime) and I went there for Miami Spice and were treated to a whole heck of a lot of seafood heaven. The Miami Spice deal included a three course meal, plus one cocktail and their Parker House Rolls.
Let’s talk about Parker House rolls. These things are so delicious that if you told me I could have them every day for a week, but I would have to wear Crocs for a year, I’d do it. They’re warm and doughy and served with cinnamon honey butter that could make anyone turn savage. OMG.
Our next dish was our first course of the Miami Spice menu – Bangor Maine Scallops served with grapefruit and chili pepper over corn. Not only did this dish look fashionable, but it had a tasty array of flavors – I never would have thought to pair grapefruit with this, but it really completed the dish. And for me, there’s no better seafood than a perfectly seared scallop – there’s something about that taste and consistency that gives me all of the fuzzier inside. Izzy’s definitely got this one right.
We also sampled 6 different kinds of oysters – Moonrise, Avery, Dunbar, Big Rock, West Bay and Wiley Point. I’m not a huge oyster connoisseur – typically I just use them as the vehicle to eat cocktail sauce and load them up with that and enough horseradish that I’ll probably end up burning my nostrils off one day. So it was interesting to see how many different flavors there could be! I especially loved the yuzu ponzo sauce and ended up using the on most of my oysters instead of the cocktail sauce – it was that good that it stole my heart away from the cocktail sauce.
Another appetizer that we just had to try was the Salmon Crudo with pickled pineapple, ginger leche de tigre and basil. I’m probably one of the only Jews on the planet who doesn’t eat lox, but in the past 6 months or so I’ve grown to love certain smoked salmons. This salmon wasn’t smoked, but definitely falls into the category of salmons that I love! I also love pickled anything, so the pineapple in this dish really appealed to me and went nicely with the salmon.
For our main dish, we chose the local catch from the Miami Spice menu, which was a Snapper served with sherry blistered tomatoes, orange, tarragon and softened shallots. Just like the scallops, this dish was cooked so, so perfectly. The skin was as crisp as a fresh $100 bill, and I loved it almost as much as I love money. Almost – I mean hey, think of how many Miami Spice dishes I could buy with $100!
For dessert, we went with Fireman Derek’s Krack Pie. There is 110% a reason why they call this Krack Pie – because it has me happily admitting that I’m an addict. Seriously – this pie is my drug of choice and you won’t catch me trying to sober up from it anytime soon. It’s like a chewy cookie meets ducal de leche meets pecan pie meets my mouth! It’s hard to pinpoint one flavor, and they are all delicious. I honestly almost ended my friendship with Shaina right then and there because I wanted to fight her hand, nail and tooth for every bite of this. Next time, I’m ordering the whole damn pie.
Of course, you didn’t think I’d leave out talking about the Lobster Poutine, did you? It’s called a sales tactic – I gotta make you read to the end of this blog. Okay, so Lobster Poutine. What else do you want me to say? LOBSTER POUTINE. ENOUGH SAID.
(Seriously though – it was every bit as amazing as I had hoped. You guys NEED to try this at least once in your life – though I recommend weekly, maybe even daily).
To learn more about Izzy’s Fish and Oyster, visit: http://izzysmiami.com
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.