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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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  • “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. ★★★★★

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

    Katy Y ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★★

  • “We love this place. So glad it came to Ft. Wright. My 2-yr. old loves the pickles and almost makes a meal on them alone. The reubens are great but you owe it to yourself to experiment. The Spicy Delight is awesome and worth a try. ”

    Sam B. ★★★★★

  • “Was in the area shooting a wedding and wanted to eat something different then the same old stuff. Looked on Yelp and saw the great reviews so we tried it out. Food was great, staff was funny, and the price was perfect for what we got. Next time we are in Cincinnati we will have to stop by again. Give it a shot and go for the Ruben its great!”

    Tad C. ★★★★★

  • “I love the corned beef wraps and the Turkey wraps. Izzy's is delicious and busy weekdays at lunch. ”

    Emily C. ★★★★

  • “Best I've had in Cincinnati!”

    Starr 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. ★★★★

  • “We love Izzys. Took 6 jars if the pickles to Florida last winter because our God Daughter was expecting and craved pickles. She loved them. ”

    Georgia L. ★★★★★

  • “None Better…Anywhere!! ”

    DM H ★★★★★

  • “Absolutely fantastic pastrami Reuben on a pretzel bun!  Chicken noodle soup was fresh with Bowie pasta.  The potato pancakes were crispy pillows of heavenly goodness.  Oh, and the pickles were amazing and I dont usually like pickles!  I sure wish we had one in Toronto!! ”

    Lee M. ★★★★★

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

    Kevin M ★★★★★