Izzos is one of my guiltiest pleasures in Lafayette. My goodness, the food is good, fresh, and you get far too much, but that doesn’t seem to stop me. I try not to go to Izzos’s too often because I’ll be 800 lbs before long. I’ve had it all at this place, the steak is my personal favorite meat to get. My usual order is nachos with the chips on the side. Nobody likes soggy chips. It’s always interesting to me how fresh everything is at Izzos. I can’t speak for the beans and rice, but the meat is usually cooked right behind the ordering window and often the ingredients appear to be freshly chopped. I can usually tell this by the inconsistency in the cutting. Every once in awhile I’ll get a giant piece of jalapeno and the burn is usually pretty good. Overall though, the food at Izzo’s is surprisingly fresh and tastes great.
On a side note, the last few times I’ve been, they’ve been missing syrups in the Freestyle machine. Not too big a deal since I can often find something else I want, but the last couple visits have seen multiple missing syrups in the machine.
The eating area is surprisingly nice. I’m referring to the one on Johnston. The primary difference between the one on Johnston and the one facing Kaliste Saloom is an outdoor eating area. Plus the one on Johnston is a little bigger. But for the most part, they’re the exact same. The dining area is relatively well-spaced from table to table. The booths are solid wood, so it can get slightly uncomfortable if you sit for a while. The place is usually very clean, which is always a big plus. If you go after kids night though, it’s a bit of a mess.
Izzo’s is great about getting your food out to you quickly. It’s a “build your own” place where you move down the line with an employee and make your burrito, or nachos, etc. Everything gets made right in front of you, so timeliness isn’t a factor as much. That being said, when you order a quesadilla, they have to cook that for you and bring it to your table. This takes a little extra time, but it’s worth it because those quesadillas are wonderful. They’re cooked on a flat top instead of a press, so it takes time, but the flavor is outstanding. Get it with guacamole on the side.
If there was any shortcoming at Izzo’s, it’s the service. It’s inconsistent in my opinion. There have been times that the person that serviced me was friendly and made my meal well. There have been times that the person was kind of rude, but still made my meal well. Oddly enough, there have been times where the person has been friendly, but made my meal terribly. The worst combination would be a person who makes the meal badly AND is rude. I can take a rude person, but not if they make the meal wrongly as well. That’s just a shame.
It’s a simple fact that I love Izzo’s. It’s really one of my favorite places around Lafayette. If you’re looking to fill yourself to the brim, and likely take it too far, then get yourself a big burrito and call it a night. You won’t want to do much after. The experience is usually pretty good, aside from the occasional rude employee, but that doesn’t happen too often. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good.