Izzy's - World's Greatest Reubens

History

Izzy, David, and Rose Kadetz

Our story starts in the late 1800’s when a couple of Jewish immigrants left behind an economic depression and oppression politics of the Czar from Russia. Like many at that time they felt the New World offered them a real chance to succeed and be free. Settling in Cincinnati Mr. Kadetz offered his flair for cooking at the renowned Sinton St. Nicolas Hotel in Cincinnati. With his confidence in culinary expertise and not being afraid of taking risk he opened the first kosher style delicatessen West of the Alleghenies. His legacy has lived on tracing back to the start in 1901.

The stiff-necked and stubborn character of Izzy often left people with many memories. Whether it was the shouting back and forth between himself and his wife Rose, or the price of food that varied depending on what you were wearing and if you looked like you had extra money to spend. Izzy's boisterous style coupled along with the savoring food left many Cincinnatians with great food and good memories.

Izzy Kadetz

In 1980 Izzy's son David began running the restaurant. David carried much of the same qualities possessed by Izzy and soon grew the reputation and business of Izzy's tremendously. In 1982 David opened a second restaurant on Sixth and Main Street in downtown Cincinnati, and he asked trusted friend John Geisen, then a skilled tradesman, to manage the location. 

John worked closely with the Kadetz family, who took him under their wing and began to instill their family and business values.  John came to understand that the secret to Izzy’s success was rooted in offering superior quality along with the highest level of customer service.
Together John and David helped grow the business over the years and John Geisen became the President and CEO.

John embarked on a mission to instill his passion for quality on everyone at Izzy’s—from the store managers to the front line staff.  This "can-do" culture can be seen everyday at all Izzy's locations, whether John Geisen it's a simple request for a special sandwich, or catering a party for 200 guests, Izzy's employees understand that the customer is King. This passion for pleasing patrons easily explains the fierce loyalty shared by so many fans of Izzy’s.

Consistently ranked as the "best deli in Cincinnati", visitors to this tri-state tradition soon realize that Izzy's offers a unique experience that blends great food with friendly and attentive staff, all while maintaining the highest in quality and value.

But the Izzy's family is not content to rest on their laurels; from serving on old pickle barrels with wood crates as chairs to the latest location having a drive-thru, modern lighting, comfortable seating and the latest innovative cooking equipment still serving the same homemade recipes Izzy Kadetz was handed down from his father dating back to 1901. Red Bank

The future of Izzy’s will undoubtedly bring John’s passion for value and service beyond the tri-state. He remains eternally grateful for his fortunate relationship with Izzy, David, Rose, and the entire Kadetz Family. Upon reflecting on his time with them, John recalls back to the 80’s when he asked them, "Do you know what you get when you mix a Jew and a Catholic?”

The answer was a simple reply: “Success!” 

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  • “Great Soups, sandwiches, and beers. ”

    Ronald D. ★★★★★

  • “Slightly different take on a deli. A small place where customers and food are shown lots of care. I had corned beef w eggs on top; all sandwiches come with large potato cake. Our staff was in town for a convention and ate there often. We were never disappointed.”

    Colette F. ★★★★★

  • “Great place! I love Rubens and they are the best Ive had. The kosher pickles and the potato cakes are wonderful. We buy the jar pickles when ever we can find them. When in Cincinnati, find an Izzys! ”

    Kent F. ★★★★★

  • “Izzys always has good sandwiches, particularly any Reuben variation because the sauerkraut is always crisp and tart. The pickles are the real star though, and we inhale as many as possible every time we visit. The potato pancakes are unique and definitely worth a try - particularly if you are expecting something like a hash brown patty or a soft doughy cake. ”

    Paul W. ★★★★

  • “Mmm, Izzys. This location is our go-to and has always had consistency friendly and quick service. I love me some pickles, goetta reuben, and potato pancake. ”

    Stacey D. ★★★

  • “Good, quick service and delicious food. Sort of a New York deli menu with a diner feel. Famous for Reubens. Their potato pancakes are the real winner though, don't miss them! Their soups are always good too.”

    Alanna T. ★★★★

  • “Had some quests from Columbus area and Andrian, MI and wanted to take them to a "local" restaurant. My grandson and I decided Izzy's in Forest Park was the choice. They LOVED it. First the delicious pickles and then the famous Ruben and potato pancake. The waitress was great, very friendly and we enjoyed her conversation with our questions. They were very impressed with the food and her. I wish I knew her name but she was the only waitress there. Then even bought a jar of pickles to take home.”

    Glyn H. ★★★★★

  • “Goetta Rueben and potato pancakes!! And those crisp, cold pickles! Yummy ”

    Amanda W ★★★★★

  • “Pickles!!  Potato Cakes!!  Pastrami!!  Paradise!! There is just NOT a better sandwich shop to be found!! ”

    Matthew B. ★★★★★

  • “One of the best restaurants in the city. Hands down the best Reubens around. ”

    James M. ★★★★★

  • “Greatest grilled reubens. Great corned beef sandwiches. All around great food.”

    Joe P. ★★★★★

  • “Has the best reuben of my life (thus far)!!  Nothing fancy about this joint - very laid back and casual.  Staff was friendly and I could tell that they have a lot of regulars that come in for lunch.  I ordered a reuben and fell in LOVE!  Not greasy, not soggy, lots of awesome corned beef and sauerkraut, and the bread was super fresh. Izzys is on our list of places to eat when we are in Cincy.   Top 3 for sure! ”

    Melissa D. ★★★★