Izzy's is located off the beaten path in Cambridge,on the corners of Harvard Street and Windsor Street near the MIT campus. We took a scenic route to get to it as our jerk off cab driver had a "selective memory" and forgot where it was. So if you can walk to get there you probably should do so...or hope you get an honest cabbie. From the outside Izzy's looks like the neighborhood family owned convenience store, and the inside is small with lots of Decor from the owners native Puerto Rico. There are only a few employees including the owners but they seem to know almost everyone by first name. This is definitely a place the caters to locals. We were a little unsure what to order so we decided to sample a few different appetizers. My wife Simone was suffering from a sore throat so she decided to try the Chicken Soup (Pollo Guizada). Our first app was a Chicken and Cheese Patty (Enpanada De Pollo Y Queso).This wasn't actually a patty whatsoever but a huge Deep Fried Empanada filled generously with diced chicken and sharp melty cheese. It was crispy, yet flaky and good. We then tried the Sweet Plantains (Platanos Maduros). In the future I would go with the fried as the sweet kinda just reminded me of a mushy banana. They were naturally caramelized but a little slimy and stringy for my tastes. Next up was the fried pork (Chicarron De Puerco). This was your basic roasted pork, simply seasoned and lightly breaded and fried until a nice crispy amber crust forms. Bacon like in flavor, this was my favorite part of the meal and also the most filling. As a side for all this food we went with a Rice and Beans combo with Red Beans and Yellow Rice (Arroz Y Habichuelas) The beans had a mild smokey flavor and were very good and the rice had tomato saffron overtones and was also delicious. Simones soup was noteworthy as it contained entire pieces of bone in chicken, good size vegetables in a light broth. Unfortunately she did fine a few shards of bones in the soup..opps. Overall we enjoyed Izzy's. Some items were definitely better then others but all seemed authentic. At just over twenty dollars, the prices were also some of the best that we found all weekend .
Overall... 3 stars for Izzy's Restaurant and Sub Shop.
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