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!
Mothers Cupboard steaming half-serving frittata.
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Mother’s Cupboard is a cozy mom and pop’s diner that serves classic breakfast comfort foods. Their small and friendly staff adds to the very casual and comforting atmosphere. Appropriately named, Mother’s Cupboard is a converted trailer that serves up big food.
Their claim to fame is the frittata. The frittata comes loaded with eggs, potatoes, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, and broccoli to weigh in at a massive six pounds (but don’t worry, for those with a smaller appetite you can order a half frittata.) The six-pound frittata is not just a meal, but also a challenge. In one sitting you must finish the whole six pounds, two pieces of Italian toast, and mind all of our manners while doing it. The challenge eventually attracted the attention of Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channels’ Man v. Food; a show were he takes on food challenges all across the country. Adam was among the few that successfully completed the challenge, and earned his picture on the wall and a Mother’s Cupboard t-shirt.
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!
Heid’s in Liverpool still holds true to its retro look and feel
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If you ask anyone in central New York where they can find the best hot dogs, chances are they will send you to Heid’s in Liverpool. Heid’s is home to the Hofmann Frank and the Coney, a pork, beef, and veal combination dog with spices. This fast food joint sets itself apart from the rest by not only serving one-of-a-kind hot dogs, but with its friendly and casual atmosphere. At Heid’s there is no rush, just a casual place to relax and enjoy some good food.
Heid’s was featured on the Food Networks show, Man v. Food. While host Adam Richman did not take on a challenge, he stopped to enjoy Heid’s signature mixed double; one red frankfurter and one white Coney on a single bun. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University’s head basketball coach, and Heid’s regular, also joined him for a bite to eat.
This wall of Funk n’ Waffles is a great representation of the groovy and funky atmosphere.
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The original outside wall of Eva’s European Sweets still greets customers as they enter the cozy delicatessen.
You don’t have to be Polish to enjoy the delicious home-style Polish food at Eva’s European Sweets. The comforting and casual atmosphere of Eva’s only adds to the dining experience.
Guy Fieri, host of the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, stopped by Eva’s to try some of their staple foods. Fieri dove in to some crispy potato pancakes with gravy, the diners’ most popular item.
A micro brewing vat similar to the ones you’ll find at Empire Brewing Company
Photo Credit: M. David Ford
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.
Dinosaur BBQ’s signature smothered ribs and chicken with a side of mac n’ cheese, seasoned rice, and corn bread.
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Dinosaur Barbeque is a classic biker stop for some of the best BBQ you can find in the northeast. The edgy, rocker atmosphere makes for the perfect setting to dive in to some messy meals. Dinosaur Barbeque is known for their original sauce and array of classic southern-style meals. The restaurant was featured on the Food Network Show Best Thing I Ever Ate, where former Syracuse University grad Adam Gertler dove in to his favorite menu item, the BBQ Half Chicken. This juicy chicken thy is smothered in homemade wango-tango sauce and served with two sides of your choice.
A falafel wrap from Byblos featured on the Food Network
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Byblos Mediterranean Café is a quality restaurant serving some of the best Lebanese and Middle Eastern food you can find in central New York. Opened and run by the Khabbaz family, you get a meal with a touch of home every time you stop in. Their authentic café drew the attention of Guy Fieri of the Food Network, and featured Byblos on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Fieri enjoyed their signature seasoned falafel wrap and seriously sweet baklava. This small café serves up some great food and attracts people from all over the area.
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Outside of Funk N Waffles.
Funk N Waffles
Is a restaurant/cafe that provides a quite study atmosphere throughout the day. At night it turns into a lounge where poetry, singing, and local/campus bands can be found performing and showcasing their talents. Funk N Waffles is located less than 5 minutes from Syracuse University’s main campus (it is located behind Marshall Street and Marshall Square Mall). It is one of the few restaurants that were started by Syracuse University students. Although the food is delicious, what is most impressive about Funk N’ Waffles are the performances that take place on its stage. The structure of Funk N’ Waffles during performances is similar to a retro living room. There are an assortment of couches, tables, and chairs all made from faded and old-patterned fabric. the audience. The night is usually full of performances by students and local artists who share their gift with the world. Perhaps it is the attractive advertising or simply by word of mouth, but Funk N’ Waffles has a huge following.