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Just tried L'Adour - new French restaurant in Syracuse

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Just tried L'Adour - new French restaurant in Syracuse

Owen O'Neill | Feb 5, 2002 01:30 PM

I'm a native of the 'Cuse but have been chowing down in NYC for the past few years. Was just up in Syracuse for the weekend and tried L'Adour, next to City Hall on E. Washington Street. It's run by a young French couple who opened the first floor bar area in July with a bistro menu - $6-9 appetizers, $15-17 entrees and $5-6 desserts. We had escargots, salmon selection, roast leg of lamb w/Northern white beans, marinated "game style" beef tenderloin w/baby string beans and then creme brulee and chocolate mousse for dessert. Exceptional food - a great value and very friendly down to earth staff. That and the truly beautiful detailing of the interior has resulted in much popularity so be sure to reserve for weekends. We were walk-ins on a Saturday night and opted to eat at the bar rather than face a two hour wait. Weekend before last they opened the upstairs dining room - it's offering a more comprehensive menu - greater selection of items and more elaborate preparations. Starter, entree and dessert w/coffee or tea for $38 price fixe. if the quality is anything like what we experienced downstairs it will be a real bargain. It's been years since Syracuse had a REAL French restaurant (still mourning the loss of Cafe de Paris). L'Adour is a blessing in this somewhat limited culinary landscape. We had dinner on Friday at The Mission - Southwestern, South American and "pan-Asian" influenced. Fun atmosphere but not exceptional - just good. Had lunch Saturday at Alto Cinco - Mexican bistro on Westcott Street (my old stomping grounds!). This is my second time visiting there and I'm highly impressed - excellent Mexican food and great NYC style bistro atmosphere.

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