Souper Finger Lakes Food: The American Hotel, Lima NY

February 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm 3 comments


Sit down and enjoy a drink and some soup

After an afternoon spent exploring in the chilly, eastern Finger Lakes region, we needed a quick thaw. As we drove through the town of Lima we we were greeted by the friendly sign in front of The American Hotel.

The American Hotel sits “at the Crossroads of Western NY … and at the Center of the World”. As you sit at the bar watching Turner Classic Movies and chat with the friendly bartender about whiskey and sports, you can understand why. The vintage ice box, and ringing cash register, take you back to a simpler time.

The dining area of the American Hotel

This hotel, restaurant, and tavern has been in operation longer than Lima has “been” (circa 1861). There has been an American Hotel on this site since about 1790. The first two were made of wood. The present day building was built in 1840.

American Hotel, Lima
This is the original ice box

The hotel has been owned and operated by the Reynolds family since 1920. It is still operated as a hotel, the second floor rooms are available for rent. The Reynolds family has always resided on the third floor of the hotel. Rose Reynolds continues to keep The American Hotel a destination with her more than 100 varieties of delicious homemade soups.


American Hotel, Lima

I don't know what this is, except for the room keys.

I could say more about the charm of the hotel, the friendly and accommodating staff and the great food, but I though it more fun to share the soup list with you:

  1. Oriental Beef
  2. Broccoli Cheddar
  3. Chinese Chicken with corn
  4. Cold Blueberry
  5. Chicken Victoria
  6. Crab & Broccoli Bisque
  7. Beef Stew
  8. Butternut Squash
  9. Chili Macaroni
  10. Stracatelli
  11. Potato-Leek
  12. Cream of Broccoli
  13. Escarole & Sausage
  14. Beef-Barley
  15. Clam Chowder (New England)
  16. Cauliflower Cheddar
  17. Split Pea
  18. Navy Bean
  19. Chicken Noodle
  20. Vegetable
  21. Mushroom Wild Rice
  22. Zucchini & Spicy Sausage
  23. Mushroom – Barley
  24. Cock-a-Leeky
  25. Gazpacho
  26. Tortellini
  27. Chicken Cacciatore
  28. Corn Chowder
  29. French Onion
  30. Cabbage & Spicy Sausage
  31. Cheeseburger Chowder
  32. Sweet & Sour Cabbage
  33. Curried Crab Bisque
  34. Italian Sausage
  35. Tortilla Soup
  36. Butternut & Apple Bisque
  37. Spicy Thai Peanut
  38. Minestrone
  39. Spanish Rice
  40. Goulash
  41. Bacon & Tomato Bisque
  42. Double Squash with Pesto
  43. Lentil & Franks
  44. Chicken Romano
  45. Russian Potato
  46. Dutch Meatball
  47. Salmon & Mushroom Bisque
  48. Sauerkraut & Franks
  49. Ham Florentine
  50. Mexican Rice with Chicken
  51. Sweet Potato & Leek with Bacon
  52. Mushroom Bisque
  53. Beef Burgundy
  54. Dijon Beef
  55. Iced Melon
  56. Banana Bisque
  57. Pasta Fagiolia
  58. Prime Rib
  59. Tomato & Rice
  60. Hotel Chili (available from October to May)
  61. Spicy 15-Bean
  62. Cabbage & Spicy Sausage
  63. Chicken Broccoli-Tortellini
  64. Mulligatawny
  65. Vegetable Beef
  66. Italian Vegetable
  67. Leek Chowder
  68. Sunday Supper
  69. Black Bean & Kielbasa
  70. Spinach Meatball
  71. Aruba Bean
  72. Lentil & Pasta
  73. Creamy Vidalia Onion
  74. Chicken Divan
  75. Garden Goulash
  76. Hamburger & Vegetable
  77. Clam & Sausage
  78. Lasagna Soup
  79. Sweet Potato & Bean
  80. Potato Horseradish
  81. Taco Pronto
  82. Spaghetti & Meatball Soup
  83. Creamy French Onion
  84. Puff Ball


Reviews: YELP “The wraps are delicious, but for something different their liverwurst or fried bologna were winners. Small little restaurant- they only serve lunch. Everyone is very friendly. And homemade cookies with your check!”

URBAN SPOON “Snobs need not apply, they won’t “get” this place.”

American Hotel
7304 E Main St.
Lima, NY‎
(585) 624-9464‎

Dining Hours

Noon-8 pm
Mon, Tues, Wed
11:30 am-3 pm &
5-9 pm
11:30 am-3 pm
11:30 am-3 pm &
5-9 pm
11:30 am-9 pm

Where does the name “Lima” come from?  The town, organized in 1789 was named Lima to reflect the residents that came from Old Lyme CT. In the early 1800s Lima was considered the educational center of New York State.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Manoj jain  |  April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Mail me

  • 2. Manoj jain  |  April 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    We love to stay with u soon

  • 3. Rose Reynolds  |  July 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    actually, Rose has made over 300 kinds of soup and offers 6-8 daily-they are never frozen and don’t sit in a steam table all day-they are heated on a gas stove when ordered so the pasta and veggies are not soggy-she has also written a cookbook with 50 soup recipes and 50 stories about the Hotel and her family


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