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Chicken Soup Cook-Off

Chicken Soup Cook-Off

John Geisen shared some of Izzy's strategies to try to win this weekend's Eleventh Annual Cincinnati Chicken Soup Cook-off at the Wise Temple, having proudly and humbly won the past 8 years!

The theme of the competition is Have Fun, Feed the Hungry and Support Charitable Works.  Professional competitors will include: 

McAllister's Deli, Belterra Park, Seasons Retirement Community,Kroger  Market Place Anderson, Kroger Market Place Blue Ash, Kroger Market Place Independence, Bravo’s in Mason, Bravo’s in West Chester, Stone Creek in Montgomery, Brown Dog Cafe,  Coopers Hawk Winery, The Wich on Sycamore, Garnish Catering, Maggiano’s, Health Savor, Jewish Hospital, Health Savor, Café Mediterranean, Trio’s and 10 other entrants!

Nonprofits organizations that will benefit from the event include:

  • The Lighthouse which labors to rehabilitate troubled juveniles
  • The Interfaith Hospitality Network which provides shelter to the homeless.
  • Scholarships for local youth to go to college and GUCI Summer Camp
  • Books and educational equipment.
  • Health seminars for the community and more.

Last year more than 941 attendees ate over 221 gallons of soup in 2 ½ hours!

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  • “Recently got a couple sandwiches to go from Izzys after hearing about how good it is. I REALLY enjoyed the Turkey Reuben, and loved the fact that they purposely include a small container of their delicious pickles and thousand island dressing. It also came with a giant and deliciously chewy potato pancake! The staff was quick, and the sandwiches were put together just right. ”

    Shannon D. ★★★★

  • “Best tuna salad around.. which u might not expect.. and Luv their cabbage soup !! ”

    Katy Y ★★★★★

  • “Love Izzy's Reuben's and Potato Cakes. This is the closest to my house. I live in Goshen but it's worth the drive. Had to make a special trip there for St. Paddy's Day. Great customer service. And great food. They have the best Potato Cakes in town.”

    Adrienne J. ★★★★★

  • “Delicious toasted sandwiches and high-quality meats.  So tasty and hits the spot every time. ”

    Jordan W. ★★★★

  • “Mmm Reubens! I come here for a quick lunch and they are super friendly and prompt. I like to get the reuben salad. It is quite large and a very cool take on the traditional sandwich. It is jam packed with "good" lettuce, sauerkraut, grated swiss cheese, corned beef, chopped pickles, and topped with their homemade thousand island dressing. The cool finishing touch is rye bread croutons which seem to be homemade. They also have good sweet tea! ”

    Heather L ★★★★

  • “I first started going to Izzys over 40 years ago. I remember Izzy working behind the counter across the street from WLWT. The food I had tonight was as good as when Izzy would hand me my sandwich in the 70s! ”

    Arch G. ★★★★★

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

    Joe P. ★★★★★

  • “Longtime fans "love" this landmark Cincinnati deli with locations throughout the city serving "hearty", "overstuffed" sandwiches (particularly the "terrific" Reuben) along with "famous" pickles and "second-to-none" potato pancakes; although the decor reminds some of a grade-school lunchroom, it's affordable and the staff is "a hoot."

    Zagat Reviewed – 4.5 Food/ 4.4 Service

  • “Top of the list if you are visiting or live in Cincy. The reubens and potato pancakes are awesome! The turkey wraps are fantastic too. I’m hungry just talking about it…”

    Byron S. ★★★★★

  • “Great Soups, sandwiches, and beers. ”

    Ronald D. ★★★★★

  • “Great little downtown spot for family...Very friendly staff and good food!”

    Sharon Z. ★★★★★

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

    Amanda W ★★★★★