It's official: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was chosen as the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 1 draft pick during last week's first NFL remote draft. And folks in the Queen City are pretty pumped about it.
A few local eateries have even dedicated menu items to honor the highly anticipated addition to the team — including Cincinnati-based deli chain Izzy's.
The deli is now offering a limited-time sandwich called "The Bengal King," an overstuffed reuben with Izzy's famous corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, 1000 Island Dressing and melted Swiss cheese on grilled marble rye served with a potato pancake and pickles for $11.99.
“Joe finished his collegiate career as a Bayou Bengal and is ready to start his professional career as a Cincinnati Bengal,” says Izzy's President John Geisen in a press release. “Izzy’s and the City of Cincinnati are excited to welcome Joe and what better way to do so than by having one of Cincinnati’s longest standing restaurants giving him his own sandwich."
And Izzy's isn't the only restaurant paying homage to the new Tiger King.
Milford's recently opened restaurant The Governor is also serving a Friday night special called the "Joe Burrow-ito," with Cajun pork and Cincinnati-style chili, "Tiger Sauce," lime crema and black mole.
And over the winter, Jeff Ruby's offered "The Steak Burrow," a 16 oz. blackened prime ribeye with Creole crawfish sauce, a nod to Burrow's star-making two years playing college ball in Louisiana, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the football player's hometown Athens County Food Pantry. Jeff Ruby's ended up donating $10,000 to the pantry.
Izzy's is offering online ordering and carry-out. Find your nearest location by visiting their website.