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Izzy’s Fish & Oyster Expands To Ft. Myers

Izzy's Lobster Poutine, photo by lee kleinIzzy's Whoopie Pie, photo by lee kleinIzzy's Miami Beach, photo by lee kleinIzzy's Fantastic Burger, photo by lee klein

Jamie DeRosa, in conjunction with Kearns Restaurant Group & Phoenix Holdings, has announced the expansion of Izzy’s Fish & Oyster to the brick-lined, historic First St. in downtown Ft. Myers. “I knew immediately that Fort Myers was going to be the home of the next Izzy’s, because our vision and the area perfectly aligned,” says DeRosa. As with the Izzy’s in South Beach, the new branch will serve straightforward, New England-inspired “seafood shack” fare. Or as DeRosa puts it: “Think unpretentious dining with ingredient-forward, comfort food and you have Izzy’s.” It opens June 7th at 11 am.

All the favorites from the popular South Beach anchor (423 Washington Avenue) will be on hand: Izzy’s New England Clam Chowda’; Point Judith Squid Fried Calamari; DeRosa’s riff on the Classic New England Clam Bake; and of course both the warm and cold renditions of the classic Maine Lobster Roll, a pound of lush, lump lobster meat stuffed in a butter-griddled roll (recognized by Zagat as one of the “14 Must-Try Lobster Rolls Across the U.S.”). I almost forgot another great sandwich, the Ipswich Clam Belly Roll. And the fantastic burger.

Izzy's Lobster Poutine, photo by lee klein

In the spirit of being a gussied-up seaside shack, the Ft. Myers Izzy’s will showcase an oversized raw bar with six Northeast Oysters varietals served on the half shell by the half dozen or dozen. Additional raw bar offerings include Little Neck Clams, PEI Mussels, New Bedford Connecticut Sea Scallops, Local Florida Gulf Shrimp, and Jonah Crab Claws.

Izzy’s Fort Myers venue, with a combined 200-seats, will offer its’ own exclusive menu items such as “a Fresh Catch of the Day, Classic Linguini & Clams, a Florida Meadow lake Farm Organic Chicken, Fort McCoy Farm Ribeye Steak, and sustainable, and wild-caught options like Long Line Caught Cobia, Local Flounder, Steamed or Grilled Lobsters, and Izzy's peerless rendition of Fish N’ Chips.

Izzy's Fantastic Burger, photo by lee klein

Nostalgia-soaked desserts include two family recipes: Grandma Celia’s Lemon Meringue Pie and Boston Cream Pie. The classic Whoopie Pies will be on hand too, as will Del’s Lemonade, a specialty from Rhode Island that will be served frozen.

Izzy's Whoopie Pie, photo by lee klein

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster Fort Myers will be located at 2228 First St. and will be open Monday through Sunday from 11 am. to 11 pm.  A bottomless Rosé Brunch with live jazz will run from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, a “Shuck it, Suck it, Eat it Raw” Happy Hour will run daily from 4 to 7 pm. Monday to Friday and will include “Buck-a-Shuck” oysters and specially-priced drinks. Shucks, that's all I've got to say.

Izzy's Miami Beach, photo by lee klein