Dining Guide: Cliff’s Elbow Too!

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owner Cliff Saunders (from left), chef Mark Gray, bartender Jacquie Weigle, and waiter John Van Etten.

Owner(s): The Saunders family

Year established: 1946

Location: 1085 Franklinville Road, Laurel

Phone: 631-298-3262

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner; closed Monday

Website: elbowroomli.com

Cliff’s Elbow Too! is a third-generation restaurant catering to both visitors and locals. Established by Cliff Saunders Sr. in 1946 as Laurel Inn, the name was changed to Elbow Too! in 1969. The restaurant was bought by Cliff Jr. in 1970 and is now run by Cliff III and his family.

Cliff’s serves local produce and seafood as often as possible, and offers local wines. Known to generations for its marinated steaks and fresh-ground burgers, Elbow Too! offers award-winning New England or Long Island clam chowders, baked clams, fried calamari and seafood choices including flounder, shrimp, soft shelled crabs and, in season, whole lobster.

Cliff’s motto is “Where everyone is treated like a local!” and the pub-style setting invites both visitors and locals to feel at home. There are regular daily and weekly specials, as well as the signature Elbow Room chicken. But according to the Saunders family, the backbone of this North Fork landmark is undoubtedly the top-quality in-house hand-trimmed steaks with Cliff’s own secret marinade. “Steak this well done is rare!” the family proudly and justifiably claims.

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