Syracuse, NY Restaurants: Affordable, Fine Dining, Fresh Food

Restaurants in Syracuse serve up breakfast dishes as well as fine dining and wine options.

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On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:07
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Brooklyn Pickle serves up more than 20 sandwiches at a reasonable price. Be sure to order one of their famous pickles on the side.

It might be easy to drive right by Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry & Diner’s small shack, but it’s a must-eat stop. This local favorite is known for their affordable and huge plates, like 1-foot-wide waffles for less than $5. The restaurant has been featured on Man vs. Food for their frittata challenge.

Funk’n Waffles is a good place to try unusual waffle combinations while chilling on college students' former furniture and jamming to live music in the evening. Try a sweet waffle, like blueberry or The Jersey Shore, which is two buttermilk pancakes topped with ice cream. Savoury waffles include the Falafel Waffle – a waffle topped with baked falafel, Israeli couscous, and tahini sauce – and a Bootsy Brunch – a bacon stuffed waffle over two fried eggs and topped with cheese. To make Funk’n Waffles even better, all of their food is locally sourced.

Special Occasions

Syracuse may have an affordable student dining scene, but there are also fine-dining options in areas such as Armory Square. Choose from a selection of fine wines at bc Restaurant, or check out the upscale Thai restaurant, Lemon Grass, where the lobster and firecracker roll is sure to please.

Ethnic Food

Classic Italian dishes get a twist at Gentile’s Restaurant. Various Italian items line the menu, such as Duck Cake, dressed with bacon and a jalapeno-blueberry marmalade, and the untouched classics, like fettucini. Pastabilities also makes it possible for you to enjoy delicious and affordable Italian food.

If pasta isn’t your thing, try a rack of lamb or a crepe at L’Adour’s fine dining French bistro, or enjoy Polish dishes at Eva’s European Sweets.

Finish off your virtual European experience at Coleman’s Irish Pub, which has been showing Syracuse a good time since 1933.

Farmers Markets

Syracuse has farmers markets scattered throughout the city. The Central New York Regional Market offers boutiques, concerts, numerous restaurants and, of course, fresh produce.


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