I was down in Hot Springs over the weekend and had an unremarkable conversation with a local who was raging on and on about Izzy’s tamales. I did research via Yelping, Urbanspooning, and FoodSpotting and came to the conclusion that this place was worth a trip out to dreadful WLR. 30 minutes later in way the fuck out Hwy 10 and arrive.
Izzy’s is a quintessential family restaurant, not a place to go on a date or have a beer. The staff is cheesy, the atmosphere is weak and they push tea on you. Ok whatevs. I was there for tamales. FYI did you know tamales in singular for is tamal?
I ordered salsa to start this party. I’m thinking this is going to be legit and I could ha e never been more wrong. It literally looked and tasted like the genius chef opened a can of tomatoes and dumped it in a bowl with some cilantro. Probably the shittiest salsa in town or at least the Tri-Star area.
After my expectations were crushed I. The salsa department I ordered the Tamale Platter. It came out with two tamales, a small bowl of queso and bowl of chili. The chili was unremarkable, just a solid chili. Next I tried the queso which was no fucking joke. I’m ranking it top 3 in LR, right below Dizzy’s. Now for the crescendo, the tamales. I sliced in and took a bite. The masa was tender but kept its form. The shredded beef was mild but flavorful. The combination was good but a little too much masa:beef ratio. Overall I thought it was the best in town… except mine. I would definitely eat these again but you can bet I’m not going into cheesy Izzy’s for a dinner.
My final thought is they could seriously cook with more love. The salsa is trash and the chili a waste of potential. Eat the tamales, get extra queso, and for the love of crunkness, take this ish home to eat!!!
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