Since I haven't seen anything posted about this new St Elmo's spin-off, I thought I'd relate my expereinces at Harry & Izzy's this past week. I actually made two visits. I had scheduled a lunch meeting there and my husband got jealous when he heard. So, we ended up there for dinner a couple of days before my scheduled luncheon.
We went on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - about 7pm on RaceDay. The place seemed pretty empty. The atmosphere is great. Unlike St Elmo's (of which I am not a huge fan), it feels open and airy. Great for people watching - if there are people there to watch.
We both started with the St Elmo's shrimp cocktail and Martinis. It's great that they offer this cornerstone of the St Elmo's menu here. Thanksfully, it is the exact same product - incredibly hot and spicy with all the fresh horseradish in the cocktail sauce. The Kettle one martini's were perfect - and served in an icy glass.
For main course, I had the Harry and Izzy's strip with a really great sauce. Indianapolis Monthly had described the sauce as "exactly what A1 wants to be." It was the perfect description. The steak was cooker perfectly, but I could only eat about 1/3 of it (I think it weighed in at 16oz!). My husband had the filet, which was 10oz and excellent. He had potatoe panckake and I had veggies as a side. The veggies, were fresh and perfectly sauteed ; his pancake was also good.
We then split the brownie dessert Iexcellent brownie, ice cream, whipped cream, candied pecans) and couldn't finish it all despite our best efforts. The only downfall was the coffee - rather bland.
I had the prime rib sandwich. Perhaps I should have known better, but after reassurances from our server I ordered it anyway. It was way too fatty. It seemed like I was eating all fat, no meat. In fact, after a couple of bites, I just couldn't stomach it. So, I ate the veggies (same side as I'd had with the steak) and called it quits. My fellow diners had the pizze (looked wonderful, had rave reviews, and was big enough for 2 to split), the fish sandwich (too bland and with too much breading by report), and a salad (good review).
All in all, the dinner experience was much better.
As for service - both times it was very attentive (almost too much so, but neither visit was crowded) but not at all pretentious They are knowledable and gracious.
Given some time and menu adjustments, I imagine that this will be a hit. It's traditional type fair isn't creative or inventive, but ideal for the unadventurous steak lovers.
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