Izzy's South is Gone

I've always suspected that the corporate chefs at Izzy's and other chain buffets, purposely make there food to be perfectly just below average tasting. The customer is lured into the restaurant by advertising that depicts the food as hot and colorful, with a variety of choices to please the whole family. When they actually walk the buffet line, nothing really stands out as looking very good. The customer tries some fried chicken or a slice of pizza knowning that they can get better food almost anywhere else. For a buffet we seem to lower our standards because we think we're getting a good deal. Not really. Because the food is flavorless, one pass through the food trough is about all anyone can stomach. Even the deserts are mediocre. The brownies were inedible and the cinnamon rolls were hard around the edges. An Eat Salem insider called the Izzy's around town and here's what she found out.
"I called the Izzy's on S. Commercial. The number was disconnected. Hmmmm…… You'd think they'd have a message as to the closure on there, or perhaps something on the marquee. I called Lancaster location they said they lost their lease and have no plans on relocating. Hmmmm......."

Thanks for doing the leg work. Is anyone out there going to miss this place?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good! That's the second uninteresting restaurant on Commercial to close. Commercial needs better eateries.

I do hope that these workers can find work...

Anonymous said...

Buster's, Lefty's, and Izzy's all closing within a week or so. That is quite a change for that block!

Salem Man said...

Is Lefty's gone for sure?

Anonymous said...

I did enjoy their cinnamon rolls. The rest of their food was crap.

Anonymous said...

Lefty's closed again? The pizza was not very good there. Just go to SFNY or Christo's for really good pizza in Salem.

Salem Man said...

Lefty's was great pizza. It's always better for customers to have competition.

Anonymous said...

SFNY appears to be moving into Lefty's on Commercial or just opening up another store. There was a small sign on the front door saying they were coming soon.

Dsperin said...

I, for one, will not miss Izzy's at all. It's all too true that you're lured there with the idea of good hot food and a great salad bar, but I've only ever been faced with horrid eats. I'm really tired of trying to find a decent lunch on Commercial as well...

Alex said...

I live a mile from that location and in the 8 years I've been in Salem I never set foot in that Izzy's - so no, I won't miss it.

Come to think of it, in the 15 years I've been in Oregon, I've only eaten at an Izzy's once and I don't recall anything memorable about it either way.

The only buffet place I go to (rarely), is the newish Chinese place near that Izzy's - I don't recall the name. The food's good, but like a lot of buffets, unless you're really hungry, it's overpriced.

Lisa Anne said...

I used to love Izzy's when I was in grade school. I liked being able to choose 4 different types of pizza at once and getting a large helping of whatever jello like desert was offered.

Anonymous said...

Anytime my kids would bring home a coupon from Izzy's for a free kid's buffet they would be so excited and I would groan. UGH...I loathed going to Izzy's, even when I didn't have to pay for it!

Lisa Anne said...

So maybe it was a kid thing. I know I havn't been in an Izzy's for over 10 years. The last time I did go I remember thinking it wasn't much better than a trip to TGI Fridays or Applebee's. (not places I enjoy going due to service and food)

Hayley said...

The last time I went to that Izzy's was six years ago with my aunt and young cousins. The smears on the sneeze guard were so offputting that I didn't eat a thing. I even found spots that had been missed on the inside of my glass. Ok, I take that back. I had some cottage cheese (which I managed to get to right after it was brought out). Needless to say I'm glad to see this one go! I'm sorry to hear about Busters though, I never got the chance to try them.

Anonymous said...

The last few years the cleanliness of the place has been a real issue. The wife and I walked in a few months ago and not only did the floors looked unswept, they had the dirt buildup that takes weeks of mopping with dirty water to achieve. We walked around the place and right out the door. The place was busy, too.

We're always amazed how the people in Salem will eat just about anything - no matter the conditions - as long as the pricepoint is right.