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Mention Ziggy's Taco & Sub on Main Street near Eggert Road, and people will say one of three things:

1) I go there all the time!

2) I used to go there all the time!


3) My son/daughter/mailman etc. goes there all the time!

Ziggy's is the kind of place that gets to be a regular habit if it's in your orbit. The food and selection are good, the prices are gentle, and the place is clean and friendly.

In fact, during a visit on a recent freezing Tuesday, we had a single complaint: The heat seemed to be off and the chill seeped through the spacious windows, so the dining room was too darned cold. And we're not thin-blooded, icy-fingered types. But we nearly had to eat with our mittens on!

Anyway, the food. Ziggy's offfers all the Mexican basics, from nachos ($2.25) to taco salad ($4.35) to beef, chicken or steak chimichangas for $3.35 to $3.45. The nachos and chimis also have "Supreme" options for about a buck more, which adds salsa, sour cream, lettuce and tomato. There's even a tuna taco ($1.55) or burrito ($2.59)! On the non-Mexican side of the menu, you can select from a wide assortment of subs and a few burgers. No wings -- fingers, at $6.95 for five, with fries. Also, there's a deal every day -- the Tuesday deal is two ground beef tacos for $2. Sold!

The food delivered several pleasant surprises. First, the two tacos were made with soft, flour tortillas rather than the hard corn tortillas that shatter with the first bite. They were on the small side, but offered plenty of value for two bucks.

My Royal (grilled Italian sausage and cappicola) sub ($3.80) was darned near perfect. The toasted roll was fresh, the sausage patty was tender and delicious, and the cappicola was on the lean side. John's bean burrito ($2.59) was larger than expected, warm and tasty.

Now, the quibbles: Said burrito was, as John put it, "unevenly hot-sauced" so some bites were boring, others burning. The tacos, ordered mild, were aye carumba spicy. And my bowl of chili with cheese ($2.35) was mysteriously tepid. When I returned it to the counter to be nuked, the cashier showed me that the crock was steaming, but the stuff in my foam bowl was not.

As we buttoned the coats we'd never taken off, we understood why Ziggy's is so popular -- with a few misses, it offers good-to-excellent eats, cheap. Turn up the heat, and we'll be back!

Ziggy's Taco & Subs

3975 Main St. near Eggert Road, Amherst


Review: 3 pennies (Out of 4)

Winter hours at Ziggy's Taco & Sub are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Handicapped-accessible.

-- Anne Neville

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