Where or what to eat in Elmira, New York

Where to eat in Elmira, New York


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pudgies - Northside

This is a half-slice of stromboli.
Pudgie's Northside, PIZZA/ITALIAN, College Avenue, Elmira. Pudgie's is a local franchise. A real Elmiran will have eaten thousands of slices of Pudgie's pizza in his/her life time. No exaggeration. This is a new Pudgie's revamped from the original restaurant in a new location. Last visit 3/1/2014 - lunch, 2 guests - takeout. $.  The stromboli was not memorable - not much flavor and kind of skimpy on ingredients.


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

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maple Lawn Restaurant

Regular Fish Fry in front,
Broiled Fish Fry in back.
Maple Lawn Restaurant, AMERICAN, 3162 Lower Maple Avenue - see map on right for directions. All kinds of food - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Last visit 2/21/2014 with 2 guests.  Maple Lawn is the diner on the far outskirts of town in a direction that most of us don't travel. Go for the Friday Fish Fry - you won't be disappointed. $ - $$


Food 6 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 34 out of 50 points


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Friday, January 17, 2014

Pudgie's Pizza - Southside

There are days when Pudgie's makes the BEST subs -
and this was one of them.
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 roast beef sub. Fresh and delicious. Nice fresh roll - still hot from the oven. An Elmira institution. $. Last visit 1/17/2014 - 2 guests lunch - take out.


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 36 out of 50


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Pudgie's stromboli - probably the best thing on the menu!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

"Chicken Quesadilla Supreme" - the beans were perfect! 
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, MEXICAN, 2446 Corning Road - see map on right for directions. Last visit 1/6/2014 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 perfect the last 5 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 8 out of 10 
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 9 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 42 out of 50 points


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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 1/12/2014 - 2 guests - dinner.  Take-out please - not the best ambience for sitting. 


Food 7 out of 10
Service 9 out of 10 
Cleanliness 5 out of 10
Ambience 3 out of 10
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 32 out of 50 points




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Wonderfully fresh Moo Goo Gai Pan.



Saturday, December 28, 2013

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 12/27/2013 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. 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!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuna II, Tuna 2, Tuna Two

Top - 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 12/7/2013, 3 guests - lunch - 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. Wear a sweater - it can be chilly in there.

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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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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 11/8/2013 - 2 guests - lunch. Diner-style but with a nice twist of "great burger attitude" and the staff really hustles. A professional diner -- and their homemade potato chips are a treat.




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

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Picnic Pizza at Arnot Mall

The "Lunch Special"
The franchize only serves pizza at this location, Arnot Mall, I-86 in Big Flats - see map on right for directions. New York style pizza, perfect. Last visit 9/20/2013 - 2 guests - lunch. $. Yummy. Unlike other restaurants that we review, Picnic Pizza shares table space in the food court at the Arnot Mall. Picnic Pizza is our favorite choice. Considering it's a food court, the place is kept relatively clean by a roving band of elders who do a pretty good job. The floor show, fellow shoppers, moviegoers, anxious bathroom-seekers, and a steady stream of teenagers totally focused on only one thing - and that's not food or clothing. Bad taste abounds, but the PIZZA is great. We usually get 2 "lunch specials" and it's just right. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good.

Food 9 out of 10 
Service 8 out of 10 
Cleanliness 7 out of 10 
Ambience 6 out of 10 
Value 8 out of 10 
Total score 38 out of 50 points


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Fat Cats Brooklyn Deli


Their "Bensonhurst." Just look at the perfection
in the slices!
Fat Cats Brooklyn Deli, 1002 Walnut Street, 607-368-3790. We have a winner. The food is delicious. Top quality. There is something to be said for merchants who take great pride in their products and service. Thank you for moving to Elmira. Sandwiches are truly a work of art. The guy making the sandwiches is a "sandwich artist." He cuts the most perfect slices of meat we have ever seen. Huge sandwiches. It took two of us to eat a "Bensonhurst." "Boro Park" is great, too. Like the "Vickster" also. Last visit 9/5/2013 with 2 guests - takeout. Lunch only. One person makes sandwiches one at a time so expect to wait for your perfect sandwich. Don't worry - it's a nice wait. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good.


4 STARS - Easily, the best sandwiches in Elmira


 ** Food 10 out of 10 **
** Service 10 out of 10 **
**Cleanliness 10 out of 10**
Ambience 9.5 out of 10
Value 9.5 out of 10
Total score 49 out of 50 points


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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Horigan's

Reuben sandwich - dry and tough
Horigan's365 Davis Street - see map on right for directions. AMERICAN-IRISH, great food - which is great for Elmira, all kinds of daily specials, hey, you never know what it will be - but it will be good. Our last visit was 7/30/2013 with 4 guests - lunch. We regret to report that this was our THIRD "less than stellar" visit to Horigan's this summer. Usually, the food is exceptional, but all times our  Reuben and French Dip sandwiches were dry, tough, tasteless, and a disappointment. They are usually our favorites. The seafood chowder and cole slaw were excellent. We'll go back regardless of these 3 occurrences.  $ - $$. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has USUALLY been consistently good. Hoping that the last 3 visits were just a fluke.


Food 6 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 9 out of 10
Value 9 out of 10
Total score 39 out of 50 points




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M & M Red Hots

2 with everything - meat sauce and onions...
Our camera struggled with the fluorescent lights.
It tasted better than it looks.
M&M Red Hots, 212 Baldwin Street, Elmira - see map on right for directions. Hot dogs. Old Elmira kind of place. The meat sauce recipe dates from 1919. Last visit 7/29/2013 - 4 guests - lunch. In our last review of this restaurant, we made some disparaging remarks about the atmosphere of this beloved Elmira eatery. That was just our personal prejudice. Everybody else seems fine with the bad lighting, order shouting, and constant flow of clientele to the counter stools. $

Food 7 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 6.5 out of 10
Ambience 4.5 out of 10
Value 6.5 out of 10
Total score 32.5 out of 50 points

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vincenzo's Pizza

"Small" 12 inch pizza
Vincenzo's Pizza, ITALIAN and subs (submarine sandwiches), Langdon Plaza, 303 North Main Street - see map on right for directions. New York style pizza, perfect. Last visit 7/1/2013 - 2 guests - lunch takeout. We prefer the larger, thinner pies. This small one was a little too thick - the way Elmirans like them. $. In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good.

Food 8 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 31 out of 50 points


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Central Hots

Two with everything.
Central Hots, HOT DOGS, NEW location 2001 College Avenue - see map on right for directions. If you want hotdogs with hotdog ambience - this is it. Last visit 6/20/2013, 2 guests - lunch. Very good Elmira-style Texas hots. Tasty and succulent. Also the only place in Elmira that serves a Garbage Plate. Disappointed with food service french fries. Would love hand-cut, please. We took the cashier's recommendation and sat outside on a picnic table. $

Food 8 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 5 out of 10
Total score 34 out of 50 points

Sunday, May 12, 2013

McConnell's Hots

2 lunch specials with "spicy" sauce
McConnell's Hots, 1138 Lake Street (Pigeon Point) Elmira, NY. Hot dogs with a hot dog stand ambience. Interior design is befitting a hot dog stand at Pigeon Point. Real lemonade made fresh. It was all right  - we'll go back. 2 guests - lunch. Last visit 5/11/2013.




Food 7 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 4 out of 10
Ambience 9 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 34 out of 50


Monday, April 29, 2013

Picnic Pizza at Minier's Plaza

"Lunch Specials"
Picnic Pizza at Minier's Plaza84 Canal St, Big Flats, NY 14814 - ITALIAN, pizza and subs (submarine sandwiches), New York style pizza. We each had the "lunch special." Underwhelming compared to the other 2 Picnic Pizza locations. This location was uninteresting, a little gritty, and the food was just ok. Try harder, and clean the windowsills. $. Last visit 4/28/2013 - lunch.


Food 5 out of 10
Service 7 out of 10
Cleanliness 4 out of 10
Ambience 3 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 26 out of 50