Where or what to eat in Elmira, New York

Where to eat in Elmira, New York


Monday, May 25, 2015

Lights Coffee Shop Bakery

Patty melt in front, club sandwich behind
Lights Coffee Shop, very AMERICAN-COFFEE SHOP-DINER, 211 West Second Street - see map for directions, 

Diner type restaurant with a bakery. Half-moon cookies - yes. $. Last visit 5/23/2015, 2 guests. 



Food 6 out of 10 
Service 5 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 7 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 33 out of 50 points


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Curly's Chicken House

A Curly's Barbecue Sandwich - they forgot the chips.
Curly's Chicken House, very AMERICAN, 2100 Lake Road - see map on right for directions. Chicken, chicken, and more chicken. Broiled chicken, chicken sandwiches, etc. Curly's is an old Elmira kind of place. Stuck in the 1950s. Our last visit was 5/2/2015 with 2 guests - lunch. A true Elmira experience. Elmirans at their most "Elmiran." Sort of a diner. Surprising changes in quality! Cleaner, better presentation, overall experience was very positive.  For you out-of-towners if you order barbecued chicken, do not expect standard the tomato/barbecue-style recipe - this is "Curly's style" barbecue rotisserie chicken. Get fries with gravy. Welcome to Elmira. This is us. $ 

Food 7 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10 
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 36 out of 50 points

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The "Curly's Special" was delicious!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Diner

Cheeseburger 
The Diner, AMERICAN, 59 Old Ithaca Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845. Adorable! Authentic dining car. The ambience alone scores a perfect 10. Exactly what a diner should be. Original booths and stools. Small and cozy. Breakfast and lunch only. Burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials. I had a wonderful cheeseburger - only complaint was the the standard bagged and frozen french fries. Our first visit 4/14/2015 lunch with 2 guests - won't be our last. $.



Food 6 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
** Ambience 10 out of 10 **
Value 6 out of 10
Total score 37 out of 50
Small and cozy

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Picnic Pizza at Village Plaza

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The "Lunch Special"
Picnic Pizza, ITALIAN, Village Plaza Horseheads. By far, the best pizza in Elmira and Chemung County. They have many other things but we always get the Lunch Special - it is PERFECT. The pizza alone would score a perfect 50. Calzones, pizza, stromboli. Probably good, too. Last visit 4/11/2015 lunch with 2 guests. $. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good.


** Food 10 out of 10 **
Service 9 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 4 out of 10
Value 9 out of 10
Total score 42 out of 50



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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pudgie's Pizza - Southside

It's a "Super Sub." 
Pudgie's Pizza - Southside, ITALIAN and subs (submarine sandwiches), Southside location 350 South Main Street. Deep dish (Chicago) style pizza. Also try their "Italian Sausage Special," and their meatball sub, calzones and strombolis. We shared a large "Super Sub." Fresh and delicious. Nice fresh roll - still hot from the oven. An Elmira institution. $. Last visit 4/1/2015 - 2 guests lunch - takeout.


Food 9 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
Ambience 5 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 35 out of 50


Mmmm, stromboli.
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Classic Café

In front is a cheeseburger with provolone and homemade
chips. In back is an open-faced turkey with fries.
Classic Café, very AMERICAN, 805 Pennsylvania Avenue - see map on right for directions, 1950s theme - good hamburgers, onion rings, comfort food. $ -$$. Last visit 4/4/2015 - 2 guests - lunch. Diner-style but with a nice twist of "great burger attitude" and the staff really hustles. Good burgers. A professional diner -- and their homemade potato chips are a treat.




Food 7 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 6 out of 10
Ambience 7 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 34 out of 50 points

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Maple Lawn Restaurant

Fish & Chips
Maple Lawn Restaurant, AMERICAN, 3162 Lower Maple Avenue - see map on right for directions. All kinds of food - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Last visit 4/3/2015 dinner with 4 guests.   The "Friday Fish Fry" special was tough. Broiled fish was good.  Food service salad and bread. Friday nights are crazy. $ - $$


Food 6 out of 10
Service 4 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 6 out of 10
Total score 29 out of 50 points


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuna II, Tuna 2, Tuna Two

Top - Spicy Tuna Roll and Spicy Girl
2. Spicy Girl closeup
3. Spicy Tuna Roll and Shogun
Bottom - Spicy Tuna Roll, left and Spicy Girl, right
Tuna II, Tuna 2, Tuna Two, JAPANESE, 1900 Grand Central Avenue - see map on right for directions. 4-star perfection in Elmira Heights, New York. EXCELLENT and probably the healthiest choices in Chemung County. Beautiful presentation, attentive service, delicious food, reasonable prices. Don't be scared from the outside - it is not at all what you think - we promise. Be brave and walk right in. $ - $$$. Last visit 4/1/2015, 2 guests - dinner - takeout. SUPERB. "Order your sushi and when it comes to the table, put it in your mouth and close your eyes. ORGASMIC. This food could not be more perfect." Phoenix Roll, Shogun, Spicy Girl, Spicy Tuna Rolls, Summer Rolls, and Tuna sushi!!! Take out, too. Thank the chef on the way out. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good

4 STARS. Easily, the best restaurant in Elmira.

**Food 10 out of 10**
**Service 10 out of 10**
**Cleanliness 10 out of 10**
**Ambience 10 out of 10**
**Value 10 out of 10**
Total score 50 out of 50 points 
our HIGHEST score EVER!


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1900 Grand Central Avenue in Elmira Heights
Don't be shy - go on in.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

M & M Red Hots

4 with everything
M&M Red Hots, 212 Baldwin Street, Elmira - see map on right for directions. Hot dogs. Old Elmira kind of place. The delicious meat sauce recipe dates from 1919. Last visit 3/31/2015 - 2 guests - lunch. Smothered in meat sauce. $

Food 8 out of 10
Service 5 out of 10
Cleanliness 5 out of 10
Ambience 4 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 30 out of 50 points

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

This was a #5. Perfect
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, MEXICAN, 2446 Corning Road - see map on right for directions. Last visit 3/19/2015 with 2 guests - dinner. $-$$ This is the only Garcia's of the small chain that is located on a bowling alley. In fact, if you weren't a local your wouldn't even know it was there. Food has been absolutely perfect the last 6 times we visited. The hot and mild salsas were especially flavorful & spicy. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good.


**Food 10 out of 10**
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 9 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 44 out of 50 points


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Evergreen Express

Mongolian Beef
Evergreen Express, CHINESE, 505 North Main Street - see map on right for directions. Our Moo Goo was delightfully flavorful comfort food. $. Last visit 12/27/2014 - 2 guests - dinner.  Take-out please - not the best ambience for sitting. 


Food 6 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10 
Cleanliness 5 out of 10
Ambience 3 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 29 out of 50 points




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Wonderfully fresh Moo Goo Gai Pan.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Central Hots

3 with everything, one with sauerkraut.
Central Hots, HOT DOGS, 2001 College Avenue - see map on right for directions. If you want hotdogs with hotdog ambience - this is it. Last visit 12/13/2014, 2 guests - lunch - take out. Very good Elmira-style Texas hots. Tasty and succulent. Meat sauce was good, however, the sauerkraut was bland. Also the only place in Elmira that serves a Garbage Plate.  $

Food 7 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 7 out of 10
Value 4 out of 10
Total score 33 out of 50 points

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vincenzo's Pizza

Not quite done. Needed 3 more minutes.
Vincenzo's Pizza, ITALIAN and subs (submarine sandwiches), Langdon Plaza, 303 North Main Street - see map on right for directions. New York style pizza. Last visit 12/6/2014 - 2 guests - lunch takeout. 14-inch pizza. Could have used another 3 minutes in the oven. Not quite done. Let's just say the cook was not inspired. Usually better, must have been a bad day. $

Food 4 out of 10, 
Service 6 out of 10
Cleanliness 5 out of 10
Ambience 5 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 27 out of 50 points


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Moretti's Restaurant

Hamburger - I asked for no bread.
Moretti's, ITALIAN, 800 Hatch Street - see map on right for directions - Steaks, chops, consistently good. $ - $$. Last visit 10/25/2014 with 2 guests - dinner. Every town everywhere has a basic, old Italian restaurant. This is ours. Excellent meat, adequate pasta. An old Elmira kind of place. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistent.

Food 7 out of 10
Service 6 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 35 out of 50 points



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Ravioli with meatballs.