Lobster rolls on our mind and saved screen shots of Izzy’s Instagram posts led us to try the New England inspired restaurant recently. It was a Friday night at around 9pm when we entered the tiny Miami Beach eatery to find 2 other tables occupied, so we were seated immediately. The restaurant’s decor is quaint and nautical. I loved the murals on the white brick wall, their fish-shaped water pitchers, and the mix of accents like the antique pendant chandelier hanging in their entrance. Overall, the setting was pleasant and relaxing which was perfect after a stressful day at work.
Rising temperatures in Miami and the accompanying humidity (ugghhh) had us craving a light, refreshing drink so we ordered glasses of J.P. Chenet Rosé. It was delicious, crisp, with just the right amount of sweetness, and very well priced! Now that we were settled in, we ordered the Shrimp Cocktail from their raw bar menu.
Unfortunately, I found the shrimp very tough, very small, and just disappointing. However, we really liked the cocktail sauce that semi-made up for the lack luster shrimp.
We also wanted a salad to start with and at the waitress’ recommendation we had the Sugar Snap Pea Salad. It was definitely a more unique salad; it had Grana padano cheese, mint, & marcona almonds. However, I wouldn’t order it unless you are OBSESSED with sugar snap peas. I would’ve enjoyed it more if it had other elements along with the snap peas.
And for the grand finale, the Izzy’s Whole Maine Lobster Roll. It comes warm with lobster butter or cold with lobster mayo but we opted for the warm lobster roll with fries of course. I am definitely not an expert in lobster rolls but first off, I found the $28 lobster roll pretty tiny for the price. We dug into the fries first and they were very delish and extra crispy. I found the lobster roll to be pretty good. I really liked the bread; it was buttery, soft and toasty. The pieces of lobster meat though were on the smaller side and considering the price and their New England branding I would think it would have larger pieces of the actual lobster meat.
Overall, I would skip the shrimp cocktail and snap pea salad and opt for other menu items; maybe Izzy’s House Salad and one of their appetizers. The rosé was definitely a win! As for the lobster roll, it’s worth a try in this quaint and cute restaurant. Service-wise, our waitress was courteous but made us feel rushed the whole time.
423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139