here are a few good places to eat in Syracuse and a
few diners i am familiar with
Dinosaur Bar-B-Q 246 West Willow St just up from downtown. a legend in the making. rated one of the best in America by some bar-b-que fanatics. Biker
owned and operated. their motto: "nothin' but Blues and Bar-B-Q" there is a sister place in Rochester
Doug's Fish Fry 6812 East Manlius Center Road, route 290, East Syracuse fresh fish delivered from the coast every day. his original store in Skaneatlas made news when he said he wouldn't serve food to Bill Clinton. i had a great fish fry here. there is another store in Dewitt somewhere.
Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grill Armory Square downtown Syracuse an "upscale" fast food Mexican
place with the best and only salsa i've ever enjoyed
the food is as good as what you will get in most "sit down" Mexican dinner places
The Little Gem Diner Spencer St Syracuse (1/2 half mile west off of Hiawatha Blvd which brackets the Carousel Mall) it's an old Stainless Steel diner. open 24 hrs. it's diner food. some of it is good, some isnt, the coffee is lousy. no half & half is available, just that fake creamer stuff and milk if you request it. very popular despite it's marginal food quality and rotten coffee. they seem to believe they are great or something. you'll never find a pretty waitress in this place either, they hire from Nags-R-Us. i still like the place and go there anyway. it's a crossroads of sorts.
Aunt Josie's Italian Restaurant 1110 Salina St, Rte 11 North about 1/2 mile from downtown. good food and a great atmosphere. like eating at a friend's house. i was talking with people i never met before. they also have an ice cream parlor next to the restaurant.
La Bamba Mexican dinner restaurant on Lakeland Ave
in Solvay good place, been there only once
Juanita's Mexican Kitchen 600 Court St an informal
more bohemian/hip Tex-Mex restaurant. good food. most popular place in town.
Coleman's Irish Pub 100 South Lowell Ave the "best"
Irish pub in Syracuse located on Tipperary Hill.
Leprechaun access if you know any. good pub grub. great bar. big place, as big as the pubs in Montreal.
live Irish music weekends.
Kitty Hoyne's in Armory Square, downtown. the best of the many Irish Pubs downtown in Armory Square, IMHO. a good place to meet and greet. good pub grub. nice atmosphere. live Irish and other "acoustic" music on weekends
"Unknown" Diner on Marshall Street at the Syracuse University Campus. i cant recall the name, but they have been around for ages. Marshall street is only one block long so you cant miss them. a friendly old fashioned place favored by students, alumni and working stiffs in the area. there are a host of other bars and eateries on and around Marshall street also.
i've eaten at all of the above places except Coleman's but i can safely say they will live up to their reputation.
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