Provisions Bakery is a small, friendly bakery that creates an atmosphere great for a quick stop or a break away from a busy day. It is located at 216 Walton Street and is open 7:30 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday and serves breakfast from 7:30 – 11:30 am and lunch from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Provisions Bakery has been at the same location since 1988 and takes pride in its made-from-scratch, day-to-day recipes at sweet prices. A neat part of this bakery is its changing artwork created by local artists that is switched every few months. The selection of goodies ranges from oversized cookies, bar cookies, breads, muffins, scones, danish, and samplings of desserts. During the holidays Provisions offers a special selection of added cookies and desserts. The bakery also has a special each day consisting of 2 eggs, toast, homefries and coffee, as well as an omelet of the day, whole wheat pancakes and other baked breakfast goods. For lunch there is something new everyday but includes a set menus of soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza. The best touch is the sandwiches are all made using fresh bread baked fresh each day right on premise.
Freedom of Espresso in Armory Square is a quaint and clean coffee shop located at 144 Walton St. The gold-ish bright walls and interesting bright artwork make for a relaxing but upbeat café, perfect for the college student. Freedom of Espresso has small tables and chairs along with a bar by the window. The stainless-steel touches of appliances add for a modern look. Its menu consists of a large variety of coffee, espresso and tea-related beverages including, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more. With many options of specific coffees, each cup is made perfectly for your individual want by their team of trained baristas. The beans Freedom of Espresso uses for its drinks are locally roasted and at the height of fresh flavor. The hours are Monday thru Friday 6 am – 7 pm, Saturday 7 am – 7 pm and Sunday 8 am – 6 pm. For that rare Syracuse sun, it also has outdoor seating on the front patio! Freedom of Espresso has 3 other locations around the Syracuse area including 403 First Street in Liverpool, 128 West Genesee Street in Fayetteville and 115 Solar Street in Franklin Square.
Elsbeth Rose is a boutique in historic Armory Square. Located at 191 Walton Street, Elsbeth Rose is around the corner from its previous location, but still next to Starbucks, just on the opposite side. The boutique is open from 11 am – 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and 11 am – 7 pm Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday. Armory Square itself is an exceptional place for shopping and dining, and Elsbeth Rose adds a wonderful touch. Located across from the museum of Science and Technology, this boutique is home to clothing labels – Ronen Chen, Cut Loose, and Hazel – that are not available in most department stores. There are also selections of styles from several small U.S. and European designers. Not just clothing, Elsbeth Rose offers vintage home goods, local hand-made jewelry, scarves, wraps, belts and shoes. The atmosphere at Elsbeth Rose is warm and welcoming, with a small and cozy layout. Elsbeth Rose specializes in current classics and attention to detail, and is geared more to women in their 30’s and 40’s. If you visit its website Elsbeth Rose also has a blog offering fashion hints for the upcoming season.
Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge is a bar located in the heart of downtown Syracuse. With all kinds of games to play and places to relax, Al’s is the perfect place to spend some time with a group of friends. A great place for just about all ages, Al’s features great live music and one of the most extensive wine and drink lists in Syracuse.
Telephone: 315-703-4773 Address: 321 S. Clinton Street, Armory Square
Entrance of the cozy Pastabilities.
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Pastabilities lives up to its name, with seemingly endless pasta and Italian food possibilities. The pasta, sauce, and topping combinations seem endless. The old brick walls creates a charming and casual atmosphere. Pastabilities is located in Syracuse’s Armory Square; the perfect location for this popular and busy restaurant.
While they have many quality sauces, toppings, and dishes, they are best known for their spicy hot tomato oil sauce. This dipping oil was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. The sauce is complimentary to customers and served with freshly baked bread before every meal. If the appetizer is not enough, you can also order the sauce on their assortment of different pasta and Italian dishes. It doesn’t end there, because they now package their sauce for purchase at the restaurant and in select grocery stores in the area so you can bring it home!
A picture of the Irish flag to represent the authenticity of Kitty Hoynes
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Kitty Hoynes is as close to a genuine Irish pub as you can get without traveling all the way to Ireland. Owner David Hoyne, a native to Thomastown, Ireland, opened the pub in 1999, with everything you might expect from an Irish pub; a pint of beer, Celtic music, and most importantly, delicious food.
Guy Fieri, host of the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, stopped in to try Kitty Hoyne’s signature Reuben Fritters and Irish Meatloaf. Rueben Fritters or “Irish Cannonballs”, are fried corned beef, swiss and cream cheeses, sauerkraut balls served with a mustard dipping sauce. The Irish Meatloaf, a favorite of many locals, is a combination of ground beef and lamb stuffed with white pudding and Irish cheddar, over a cabbage cream sauce; you can’t get any more authentic than that!
A micro brewing vat similar to the ones you’ll find at Empire Brewing Company
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Empire Brewing Company is a unique, contemporary restaurant that uses locally raised and grass fed beef, home-grown herbs, and on top of that has it’s own brewery right on the premises. The brewing facility is enclosed with class walls so diners can see the brewing process and vessels.
Guy Fieri, host of the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, stopped in to film their Land to Sea feature episode. Fieri tried Empire’s Fire Fajita and Feta Chicken Flatbread sandwich. He also talked to Empires brew master, Tim Butler, about pairing beer with food.
Freshly baked bread provided by the restaurant’s bakery across the street, Pastabilities is a one stop shop for fresh food made with fresh ingredients. Pastabilites is a hub for all things pasta and famous for their spicy hot tomato oil.
At Pastabilities there are separate and menus with salad, pasta, and pizza options. Lunch is cafeteria style with two cooks and a cashier. Wait in line to place an order and you can seat yourself inside or outside in the patio of the restaurant. In addition to soups, salads, and pastas, Pastabilities has beef to fish amongst their entree salads and dinner specials including a “Cuban” burger on the dinner menu.
The club has been around since 1985 and is considered to be one of the premier comedy club in the area of Syracuse. It has featured nationally known stars such as Andrew Dice Clay, Ray Romano, Kevin James and The Unknown Comic. Comedians have also been known to drop in and attend a show, often giving them positive reviews.
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, commonly referred to as The “M.O.S.T”, includes multiple hands on exhibits, a gift shop, planetarium and an IMAX movie theater. The M.O.S.T hosts a science playhouse with trajectory devices and sound tube bridges. There’s always something new to do and see because the M.O.S.T exhibits, movies and change regularly.
The M.O.S.T is a great place for children so bring all of the young ones Downtown Syracuse to this museum. The M.O.S.T is the ideal location if you are looking to host a children’s . Do not fret! The MOST is the ideal location for corporate receptions, networking events, and holiday parties.