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Jul 23, 2009 09:32 PM

Dear Elmhurstians, please hear my call

we people of elmhurst need to stick together. we have to, the place is a food desert outside the asian cuisine cosmos as FAR as i know. the reason im making this post is because i really dont want to believe that elmhurst is a food sahara. so what i ask of us is that whenever someone goes out to eat strictly in elmhurst and has a memorable dish they share the knowledge. any cuisine as long as its in elmz.

my personal favorite dishes in elmhurst-

Mango Salad with Salted Crab from Ayada(woodside and 78 i think)

steamed tongue tacos from Coatizingo (82nd just off roosevelt)

yeah...thats about it im sure there's so much more im forgetting you can see why i ask for ur help.

thank you guys

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  1. Jeez, I feel your pain. Yeah, now that I think about it, you're right. I don't go to Elmhurst unless I want Asian, around the Broadway area, b/c it's closer to Jackson Heights, and it's reluctantly b/c I know better Asian can be found in Flushing. As for anything outside Asian food, I really don't know what I would go to Elmhurst for. For Spanish, a much larger selection can be found in Jackson Heights.

    Here's one. Chinese/Spanish restaurant called Estrella something (or something Estrella). Under the 7 train, near 89th Street, give or take a block. That's Elmhurst, right? They have good old-school American-style pork fried rice. Had their oxtail but that was just okay. Didn't have a lot of flavor. Their coffee's not bad though.

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    1. re: nooyawka

      I think Mi Estrella is Jackson Heights b/c it's on the North side of Roosevelt ave.

      I think Elmhurst has great food - and the asian cosmos is huge, so who is complaining?

      You want non-Asian? how about sicilian slices and mini pan pizzas at Ginos.
      other than that, you have an awesome pizzeria in John's Pizzeria on Grand ave.

      I don't even know where start wtih this thread.

      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        i'm with you jeff; plenty of good choices abound and well-documented; and OP has left off their list what seems like a very good find of their own!

        whitney will do you right for various SE asian eats, agreed that the salt crab over papaya salad is great at ayada but that's also falling into the asian category.

        if you wanna get a little silly I do like the garlic knots at that pizzeria right above the grand ave subway exit near queens boulevard.

      2. re: nooyawka

        jeffs right about the north of roos i believe

      3. Elmhurst is predominately asian, family oriented, working class neighborhood and the resturants reflect that. Most people cook at home and do not eat out as often as people in the city. And when they do eat out, they tend to stay close to their culture. Good bulk of the people are immigrants and they tend to work long hours for little pay and/or own their own business. They really don't have time do brunch or expense acct lunch.

        Of course, I would love to have a place like Nick's Pizza or Cannelle Patisserie Elmhurst but there just isn't enough traffic to support that type of business. You really need younger, white collar workers. People with no kids, at home by 6 and have free weekends with disposable income.

        You can always walk over to Jackson Heights (37th ave & northern) and explore the food scene there. It's only 4 or 5 blocks away. Not that far really. We trek to Cannelle in East Elmhurst once in a while to satisfy our pastry cravings and Legends for decent bbq and chili. Trek along Roosevelt for various latin food.

        Also, explore Woodside for pub burgers, mom & pop Korean & Thai operations. I hear the Stop Inn has a tasty cheap breakfast combo. Queens center for chains like Outback and Applebees. Georgia Diner has decent food and a killer cole slaw. I pretty much go there for cole slaw and half sour pickles. Elmhurst hopsital has Au Bon Pain and other fast food options. All these places are within walking distance.

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        1. re: tokimoki

          i totally agree with what your saying about elm thats why i live here. im just a dreamer

          1. re: tokimoki

            @toki- hate to say this but i worked at georgia diner for 3 days, dont eat and my wife used to eat there whenever we went to target or the mall u know, but the actions i saw in the kitchen were real bad. for example- the head grill guy had seriously only the two bottom buttons on his shirt buttoned, chest hair right out there you know....also the lady that 'trained' me, a piece of toast dropped out of the toasting machine straight into the adjacent trash can and she just picked it out without skipping a beat!

          2. Elmhurst (and adjacent Corona) might also be the heart of NYC's Argentine community, since there are many good places to choose from. There's also a plethora of other South American cuisine to be had, like Chilean, Ecuadorian, Colombian, Peruvian, which are worth visiting. Besides the linked places, I'd say the Colombian pan de bono shop on 82nd St is also worth a stop. My favorite truck for cemitas, Tia Julia, is parked in Elmhurst, on Benham St at Roosevelt.

            La Fusta
            80-32 Baxter Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            El Gauchito
            94-60 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            Taqueria Coatzingo
            40-18 82nd St, Queens, NY 11373

            Boca Junior
            81-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

            Los Arrieros
            76-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

            Rio de la Plata
            94-65 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            El Arrayan
            91-06 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            77-14 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

            Mi Tio
            89-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

            Chifa La Union
            91-28 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

            Hornado Ecuatoriano
            81-10 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

            85-35 Grand Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            Miracali Bakery
            76-04 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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              1. re: E Eto

                thank you! im going to check out these spots. i go to coatzingos at least 2xs a week. also, grandstand is great for enjoying a nice bout of peep watching