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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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  • “If you love good old fashioned corned beef (and a variety of things related to it) you can't go wrong with Izzy's. Awesome potato pancakes and their pickles are my favorite anywhere. They even have some really good vegetarian options.”

    Meta S. ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★★

  • “2nd time to dine at Izzys.  THIS PLACE IS OFF THE CHAIN!  The "Famous Reuben" is amazing!  This place is a MUST STOP when in the Florence area. The service was good and my beverage stayed full - even brought a to go cup without asking. ”

    Philip S. ★★★★★

  • “Best I've had in Cincinnati!”

    Starr P. ★★★★★

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

    Amanda W ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★

  • “Not only was the service fast but friendly. The Izzy special..on point. Thank you so much ”

    Tamilyn E. ★★★★★

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

    Joe P. ★★★★★

  • “If you’re a fan of deli sandwiches, this is the place!”

    Kevin M ★★★★★

  • “Awesome server! Beef and barley soup was great even by itself. Ruben and potato cakes were nice going with it. Also enjoyed the carrot cake. Recommended to anyone passing through the Cincinnati area! ”

    Frank Andrews ★★★★★

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

    James M. ★★★★★