Izzy's Spices Up Summer With Seasonal Cocktails & Outdoor Dining

Susan C. Schena

SAN CARLOS, CA — As California restaurants deal with indoor-dining crackdowns during the coronavirus pandemic, many are heading outside to keep business going — including Izzy's Steakhouse in San Carlos.

The family-owned establishment on Skyway Road recently launched al-fresco dining on its new outdoor patio, with seating for 26, and also amped up its summer offerings with a slew of signature sips and a variety of gourmet meal kits to-go.

The eatery's Summer Cocktail Menu boasts impressive, innovative concoctions, with credit going to Peggy Boston, Izzy’s beverage coordinator. Batched Cocktail Kits, which serve four to six, also are available.

"I hope our Summer Cocktail Menu and Batched Cocktail Kits will allow customers to bring that feeling of camaraderie and escape to wherever they might be enjoying an Izzy’s cocktail,” said Boston. “I truly enjoy the creative process and this work allows me to express myself on many levels, both personally and professionally.”

Among her 10 newly added offerings are: "Bourbon-Bonal Breeze" with Four Roses Bourbon whiskey, Bonal Gentiane-Quina, fresh orange juice, cane syrup and mint; and the "Naked and Famous" with Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse liqueur, Aperol and lime juice.

Boston honed her mixology skills after decades of international industry experience. Due to San Francisco's charm and history, she eventually was drawn to the city and then to Izzy's in San Francisco, the sister restaurant of Izzy's San Carlos.

Izzy's SF has attained near legendary status after more than 30 years in the Marina District, at 3345 Steiner St., with roots that can be traced back even further to its Barbary Coast saloon days.

On-site, patio dining is only available at the San Carlos locale, at 525 Skyway, but both locations offer curbside pick-up and delivery options. Izzy's SF patrons can order online or call (415) 563-0487 for takeout. San Carlos customers can call (650) 654-2822 or order online here.

Izzy’s San Carlos' outdoor-dining service is open daily 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or advance reservations can be made. View the menu here.

To-go offerings, from San Carlos and San Francisco, include batch and specialty cocktails, beer, wine and a menu of starters, salads, steaks, chops, seafood, kids' entrees, sides, desserts and meal kits.

The ready-to-grill kits come in such options as: the $48 "Burgers For Four," with four, raw 8-ounce, Angus beef patties, tomato, Vermont cheddar, lettuce, housemade potato chips, caramelized onion jam and four Boudin Brioche buns; or the $100 "Filet For Four," featuring two large Caesar salads, four 6-ounce, Black Angus filet mignons, plus a choice of four sides and Izzy’s Cajun-spice butter. See details here..

This article originally appeared on the San Mateo Patch

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