Where or what to eat in Elmira, New York

Where to eat in Elmira, New York


Friday, November 7, 2014

Evergreen Express

Mongolian Beef
Evergreen Express, CHINESE, 505 North Main Street - see map on right for directions. Our Moo Goo was delightfully flavorful. $. Last visit 11/7/2014 - 2 guests - dinner.  Take-out please - not the best ambience for sitting. 


Food 7 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 30 out of 50 points




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Wonderfully fresh Moo Goo Gai Pan.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

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 11/4/2014 - 2 guests - lunch. Smothered in meat sauce. $

Food 8 out of 10
Service 5 out of 10
Cleanliness 5 out of 10
Ambience 4.5 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 30.5 out of 50 points

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Vincenzo's Pizza

Sorry, it was DRY and lackluster.
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 10/3/2014 - 2 guests - lunch takeout. "Lunch Special." Not sure how pizza can be DRY but this was. Not overcooked, just dry. 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.

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 10/24/2014 - 2 guests - lunch. Diner-style but with a nice twist of "great burger attitude" and the staff really hustles. Was disappointed with the roll - too dry. A professional diner -- and their homemade potato chips are a treat.




Food 6 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 33 out of 50 points

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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 9/27/2014, 4 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!


tuna 2 japanese sushi sashimi elmira food restaurants restaurant best place to eat
1900 Grand Central Avenue in Elmira Heights
Don't be shy - go on in.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

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 9/26/2014 dinner with 4 guests.  A disappointment, as was our last experience here. Their "famous" mac & cheese has a whole different recipe - and it's not as good. The "Friday Fish Fry" special was overcooked and dry. Food was edible but lackluster. Food service salad and bread. Service polite but sluggish. Friday nights are crazy. $ - $$


Food 4 out of 10
Service 5 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 6 out of 10
Total score 28 out of 50 points


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Wednesday, July 23, 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 7/21/2014, 2 guests - lunch. 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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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 7/12/2014 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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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 7/11/2014 - 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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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Los Panchos

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Quesadilla, beans and rice. Lackluster.
Los Panchos, MEXICAN, 250 West Water Street - see map on right for directions. Last visit was 6/9/2014 with 4 guests - dinner. Meals were big and looked gorgeous - but very bland. Even salsa was bland. $ - $$.

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

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Horigan's

Steak salad was exceptionally salty, and had
way too many ingredients.
Horigan's365 Davis Street - see map on right for directions. AMERICAN-IRISH, great food - which is great for Elmira, all kinds of daily specials. Our last visit was 6/3/2014 with 3 guests - lunch. The onion soup and cole slaw were excellent.  $ - $$



Food 5 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 36 out of 50 points




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Monday, June 2, 2014

Charlie's Cafe

Charlie's Café's Fish & Chips
Charlie's Cafe, diverse menu, in the WOHO district- west of Hoffman Street, 205 Hoffman - see map on right for directions. Visited on 5/26/2014, 3 guests - lunch. Waldorf Salad Wrap was excellent. Homemade chips were excellent Beautiful place. Service could have been a little more attentive. $ - $$

Food 8 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 9 out of 10
Ambience 9 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10

Total score 41 out of 50 points



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Grand Central Creamery

grand central creamery
Grand Central Creamery
This isn't really a "restaurant" so it will not be included in the same way as the others. We call it a "dessert destination."

Grand Central Creamery (formerly Big Nine) 1687 Grand Central Avenue, ElmiraNY - see map on right for directions. Perry's ice cream. Last visit 4/23/2014 with 2 guests - ice cream run!  Ice cream was "ample, cold, and delicious." $

Food 8 out of 10
Service 9 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 39 out of 50 points

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 4/26/2014 with 4 guests - dinner. 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. Welcome to Elmira. This is us. $ 

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

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The "Curly's Special" was delicious!