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Good Eats Near Hofstra?

I am a new professor at Hofstra, and wondered if anyone had any good suggestions for lunch places around here. Thanks!

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  1. We like Mama T(h?)eresa's, east of Hofstra, north side of Hempstead Tpk in East Meadow. A little further east, on the south side is Pastrami Plus.

    1. If you have an hour or so and want a nice sit down lunch, Runyons across from the hospital is our favorite. Great wings, steak and everything else.

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      1. re: coll

        Runyons has a Smoked Cheese and Mushroom Appetizer!!! My all time favorite appteizier. So good!!!

      2. My favorite in the area is Cafe Baci, on Old Country Road at the NW corner of Eisenhower Park. The pastas are great, although it might be a bit heavy for lunch. If you go for dinner, arrive early, as there is often a long wait.

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        1. on the southside and west is Popeyes for good fried chicken and sides, and its a short jaunt from Hofstra 'cause traffic can be heavy especially at noon during the summer

          1. There is a good Dominican place on the nw corner of Front Street and Uniondale Ave. I like their Cuban Sandwich and the steam table has great chicken and roast pork just to name a couple of dishes they offer. I always order the avacado salad. Huge.

            1. Congrats on the new job! As an Alumnus of Hofstra, I wonder if Rose's Pizza in East Meadow is still there? It was in a plaza with Walbaums. From Hempstead Turnpike, take Cal Ave to the end. Take a left (don't remember this street) and Rose's WAS in a small strip mall. GREAT NY style pizza and garlic knots to die for. Nothing in Boston comes close. :) Nothing fancy but very tasty. I hope it's still there!

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              1. re: bostonfoodie111

                Rose's Pizza is long gone. They tore down the whole strip and put in a "super Waldbaums". I see this is an old thread. Should have picked up on it sooner. Hope the job is going well. BTW the street in question is Front Street, just for the record.

                1. re: MKS

                  OH so sad. :( I loved their pizza and garlic knots. (sigh)....

              2. I'm also a Hofstra alumnnus! Cafe Bacci in Westbury is the best! You must try it. Down the road, closer to Roosevelt Field, is another Italian place (used to be the same owner) called Spazzo (not sure of the spelling). We always preferred Bacci though (back then Spazzo was cash only...hopefully that has changed). Bacci has the best mussels appetizer you'll ever eat! Also in Westbury is the Cheesecake Factory. I used to really like it there too before moving to CT.

                Best of luck with the new job!

                1. You must also try Jim's Deli in Uniondale. I used to go there while at Hofstra but also while teaching at California Avenue Elementary school in Uniondale.

                  1. Spasso has closed; the new name is Cafe Formaggio. I heard it's the same owners.

                    1. I work at Hofstra now, and I am a frequent customer of a few places for certain things. A Turkish place diagonally across the street from Nassau Medical Center for Steak Kebab over Greek Salad. I've also found myself venturing to American Burger Company in Hicksville for a good burger, Singas Pizza also in Hicksville for the Queens pizza itch, Marios in Westbury for their Buffalo Chicken Slice, Jim's Deli for a good lunch sandwich, Popeye's for some good old Fried chicken (wings and things ain't bad either), Moes opened up last year for decent fast food mexican, Panera is a good standby for a sandwich (if you drive up a little further you'll find a Quiznos as well.)

                      That should keep you busy for a while. Good luck on finding parking when you get back. Darn students always park in our lots. :(

                      1. I like Potter's Pub, especially around October for the Octoberfest German specialties. It is east on Hempstead Tpk on the north side of the street.


                        1. I grew up in the area and I have to second all those who said Runyon's, Mama Theresa's, and Potters Pub. Can't go wrong with any of these Hemstead Tpke joints for solid food. There used to be a White Castle by Home Depot for the guilty pleasure days, but alas it is gone. The Colony Diner across the street from the Depot is actually a darned good diner if I remember correctly.

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                            1. re: Justpaula

                              Taking me back to MY Hofstra days ...
                              If you want your White Castle fix, just go west through Hemp-head on the Turnpike and there is a White Castle in West Hempstead. Can't miss it.
                              Mmmmmmm .... Sliders .....
                              The Coliseum Deli across from the Mausoleum is good for a quick fix.

                              1. re: dw438

                                In the same strip mall on Old Country Rd next to the park is Azerbajian Grill (like Greek, kinda) and Laguna Grille (Nuevo Latino). Both very good.

                                A little futher west is a big Nathan's, Not bad, but it also has a Burritoville in there. Love those things.

                                1. re: GCGuy

                                  I work in the area, and both Azerbaijan and Laguna Grill are staples for me. Also Yuki's Palate on Old Country Road for sushi and other good Japanese lunch specials.

                                  1. re: Shawn

                                    Two places for excellent "soul food" are very close to Hofstra ( my wife is a grad from the law school so I have spent some time in the area)

                                    1. Riddick's at 213 Front Street, good traditional stuff, cheap with large portions of tasty food. A little run down inside, but clean and the staff are really nice.

                                    2.L.L. Dent in the strip mall across the street from the main entrance to Roosevelt Field on Old Country Road. A modern interior, they serve some classics ( ie. fried chicken,mac and cheese and cornbred) as well as steak, fish and chicken with a southern twist The chef is a culinary school grad and former personal chef to her fellow Roosevelt H.S. alum, Eddie Murphey. Her mom runs the front and the atmosphere and service are warm and friendly.

                                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                                      Oh, I'd forgotten about LL Dent. That's a good choice, too.

                            2. There is a place called Carmelita's on Hempstead Turnpike, across from the Supermarket in that new strip of stores that has Subway and a pizza place. The food is fresh and wonderful; Columbian/Honduran/Salvadorean. The mixed seafood soup is outrageously good!!

                              1. On Old Country Rd across from the Source is a great diner called The Majestic Diner (498 Old Country Rd) Large portions good food

                                1. There's a place Tasty Crepes at 333 oak street in uniondale(about 3 minutes away from hofstra) which is good. In that same shopping center there is a good place for Jamaican food with great lunch specials as well as a good pizza place.

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                                  1. re: jnab121

                                    Tasty Crepes moved to the Country Glen Center (Old Country and Glen Cove Rd.).