Where or what to eat in Elmira, New York

Where to eat in Elmira, New York


Monday, January 25, 2016

M & M Red Hots

Four 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 1/12/2016 - 2 guests - lunch. Smothered in meat sauce and PERFECT. $


Food 8 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 7 out of 10
** Ambience 9 out of 10 **
Value 8 out of 10
Total score 40 out of 50 points



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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tag's


Philly Steak Wrap.
Tag'sOn Rt. 352 Big Flats - AMERICAN, once in a while you find a place that you will never go back to, ever - this was one of them. Our last and only visit was 12/22/2015 with 2 guests - lunch. Mother swore by this place. She loved coming here with her crones. So we decided to try it. It was clean enough, not too busy. After waiting too long for our meal, it arrived wrong and was not what we ordered. Waitress made fundamental errors. A disappointment. 




** Food 3 out of 10 **
** Service 2 out of 10 **
Cleanliness 6 out of 10
Ambience 4 out of 10
Value 4 out of 10
Total score 24 out of 50 points



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Horigan's

Philly Cheese
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 12/5/2014 with 2 guests - lunch. OMG get the "Horigan's Benedict" poached eggs over corned beef hash over croissants with Hollandaise sauce. Possibly the best item on any menu with the city limits. Spectacular. The onion soup and cole slaw were excellent.  $ - $$In the many times we have reviewed this restaurant the food has been consistently good



** Food 10 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 41 out of 50 points




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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hill Top Inn

Hill Top Inn, 171 Jerusalem Hill - see map on right for directions, AMERICAN-IRISH. The view is SPECTACULAR, unfortunately the food is not.  Their Angus burger was lackluster. Bun was dry. Fries were Sysco. Have a glass of wine and enjoy the view. Last visit 11/30/2015 with 2 guests - dinner.  $$-$$$

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Food 3 out of 10
Service 6 out of 10
** Ambience 10 out of 10 **
Cleanliness 8 out of 10
Value 3 out of 10
Total 30 out of 50 points


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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Curly's Chicken House

The Curly's Special needed help with its presentation.
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 7/16/2015 with 3 guests - dinner. A true Elmira experience. Elmirans at their most "Elmiran." Sort of a diner. We picked a bad day to go, huge party in the back. Waitresses were flustered - 1 1/2 hour wait - lost order. 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. $ 

A Curly's Barbecue Sandwich - they forgot the chips.
Food 6 out of 10
Service 5 out of 10 
Cleanliness 8 out of 10 
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 32 out of 50 points

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Los Panchos

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Quesadilla, beans and rice.
Los Panchos, MEXICAN, 250 West Water Street - see map on right for directions. Last visit was 9/17/2015 with 5 guests - dinner. Delicious! $ - $$.

Food 8 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 38 out of 50 points

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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 9/17/2015, 3 guests - dinner. The best cooked shrimp I have eaten this far inland. Excellent. $ - $$

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

Total score 44 out of 50 points



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Classic Café

The fish sandwich was too big for one person.
I took the bread off.
Classic Café, very AMERICAN, 805 Pennsylvania Avenue - see map on right for directions, 1950s theme - good hamburgers, onion rings, comfort food. $ -$$. Last visit 9/18/2015 - 3 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 8 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 35 out of 50 points

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

D-'s Pierogy Place

6 potato/sauerkraut pierogies and a Kielbasa

D-'s Pierogy Place, Polish, 810 East Church Street, Elmira - in the car wash building. "Like being in Poland." Last visit - 9/11/2015 - 2 guests - lunch. $.

Food 6.5 out of 10
Service 6 out of 10
Cleanliness 9 out of 10
Ambience 6 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 34.5 out of 50 points


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tanino's Ristorante

"Tour of Italy" alfredo, chicken parmesan, and a manicotti.
Tanino's Ristorante, ITALIAN, just off Hanover Square in Horseheads.
Upscale Italian, trendy, lots of choices, good service. Last visit - 7/27/2015 - 4 guests - dinner. $$.

Food 7 out of 10
Service 8 out of 10
Cleanliness 9 out of 10
Ambience 9 out of 10
Value 7 out of 10
Total score 40 out of 50 points


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Central Hots

3 with everything, one with sauerkraut.
Central Hots, HOT DOGS, 220 Roe Avenue - see map on right for directions. If you want hotdogs with hotdog ambience - this is it. Last visit 7/13/2015, 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

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 7/20/2015, 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!


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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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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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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