Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: Best BBQ north of the Mason Dixon
We were about an hour out of Syracuse and we drove in for this place and it was worth the drive. This is a blues place that does BBQ justice. We were there on a Saturday night and the wait was 1.5 hours long, and it was still worth it. Outstanding food and a cool atmosphere makes this a must stop.
Favorite Dish: I had the Ribs/beef brisket/chicken combo and it didn't disapoint. Outstanding ribs and brisket.
We also shared a great plate of fried green tomatos.
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L'Adour: Good French food
This place definitely wasn't the best French restaurant I've ever visited, but the food was mostly very good and the staff was definitely mostly French (or maybe they were acting students at SU?). We were doing some food sharing here, so I was able to try the escargots (Burgundy Snails), a warm goat cheese salad, a rack of lamb and some scallops served over Basmati rice. The snails and the lamb were both great, but honestly, the scallops and salad were mediocre. The clientele seemed to be mostly families and older people and the atmosphere was a bit dated (think Old Country Buffet with fine French wine). Without drinking wine, you coud spend under $40 per person, but you should expect to pay $40 and up.
Dinosaur Barbecue: Great barbecue
I've been here twice now on both of my visits (in 2005 and 2006) and both times the food and atmosphere have been great. The service was a little spotty, but the place is always very busy, so the servers are stretched a bit thin. Expect a wait of 20 or 30 minutes at all hours as this place is very crowded. The first time I was here, we had a sampler platter of wings and ribs and both were great. Last time, we ordered some delicious fried green tomatoes and I had a huge barbecue sandwich that had both slow cooked beef brisket and pulled pork. Yum. They have a few local beers that are worth trying too.
Movino's Pizza: Beer soaker-upper
Located in the bar and nightclub saturated Armory Square area of downtown, Movino's is the perfect place to go after bar hopping on the weekend. The pizza is good and is just the thing to soak up a bit of excess alcohol. Follow it up with plenty of water, a couple of aspirin and call me in the morning.
Delmonicos: Italian steakhouse with funky decor
I listed this as a steakhouse rather than Italian because they really are known for their steak. After all, they're home to the Delmonico Steak - 2 lbs for about $15. Huge steak for a tiny price -- what's not to love?
The dining room has a very relaxed and fun atmosphere: the waitstaff are dressed up in Italian themes, there are caricatures of famous people of Italian herigate.
The food is incredible and nearly impossible to finish in one sitting. One day I'll have to go back to try a desert.
Favorite Dish: I had the New York Strip Steak and could only eat half of it because it was so big! I substituted the garlic mashed potatoes for the pasta as my side, and they were amazing!
The bruscietta as an appetizer was definitely worth getting!!
My friend got the filet mignon, and she loved it.
The bread they give you is nothing spectacular, but the herbed butter is to die for!
Saratoga Steaks & Seafood: Good food in a friendly setting
This is a very warm & friendly restaurant in the former Tecumseh Golf Club building. In addition to steaks and seafood they have nice Italian dishes, including a daily pizza special. The service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Phoebe's Restaurant: A pioneer on East Genesee St.
In Phoebe's early days it was a bit of a frontier adventure to visit. But now that the University has spilled down the hill and Syracuse Stage has taken off and The Genesee Grande Hotel replaces the tired motel up the street, Phoebe's is ready to rock and roll!
The menu is not a long one, but the cuisine is delicious and well-prepared!
1060 Restaurant at Genesee Grande Hotel: Excellent food in an elegant setting
There are three parts to this restaurant. The Bistro, which is in the soaring lobby, the Lounge [the bar with wide screen TV] and the smaller Tuscan room. All are very attractive. The menu is classic American with options from under $10 to over $20.
Favorite Dish: The dinner options are excellent, but I'm a sucker for the perfectly toasted NY bagel with salmon and the usual "sides" of capers and red onions. Along with the excellent orange juice this was a superb breakfast!
The Main Dining Room at Lincklaen House: Why don't you "popover" to Cazenovia for a meal??
The most formal dining option at the Lincklaen House is The Main Dining Room.
Favorite Dish: The signature popover [pictured] They are right to warn you to be careful as you can get burned by the hot air that escapes when you break into it. It comes with a delicious honey-butter. And you can have all you can eat :))))
SANTANGELO'S RISTORANTE: GOOD ITALIAN CUISINE
Very popular with the locals. You will have to wait on a friday night ( say 30 to 40 minutes).
Good atmosphere with big tables. Food comes on big plates and there is a lot of food. The locals take leftovers home.
Stick to entres less than $ 20 and skip the appetizer.
Favorite Dish: Lots to choose from.
Hadddock Italiano ( $14) was , as the say ,Good Italian cooking.
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The Olive Garden: It's addictive!!!
The salad and breadsticks are awesome. The food is also great for the price. Watch out for dirty silverware, i've found it a few times
Favorite Dish: Chicken Alfredo, very moist and the sauce is so rich and creamy it is to die for
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Dinosaur Barbeque: Don't miss the Dinosaur
This restaurant has such an interesting atmosphere. It attracts an eclectic crowd from business men in suits to bikers in leather and everyone in between. The restaurant is divided into 2 rooms - one with the bar, a riser for live bands, tables, booths, etc. The other is more of "the bbq pit".
The Dinosaur is amazingly popular (the wait can sometimes be an hour or more on weekends), and rightfully so. The food is consistently superior and you meet such fun people there.
Favorite Dish: I've never had a bad meal there. Anything involving barbeque (ribs, particularly) is great. Go figure.
Their side dishes are also great - and made fresh. Try the cajun corn and mashed potatoes.
If you the type of person who can't decide what to eat, they have a bunch of samplers, so you can get 2 or 3 different dishes.
Pastabilities: not just pasta
This is a really neat restaurant. It's very busy at lunch, but they get people through quickly. It's a step up from a buffet. They have about 6 salad dishes every day, a few pasta dishes, and a couple soups. You can have 1, 2, or 3 dishes. They also have fresh breads. It's all set out in front of you so you can see what all it has in it - just tell them which dishes you want and they'll serve it.
Favorite Dish: The dishes change a lot, so you never really know what they're serving. All the ingredients are really fresh, and they have a good variety. I like the Thai curry pasta they make.
Tully's: Great Sports Bar and Grill
Tully's has four locations in the Syracuse area. One in Cicero, Salina Erie Blvd, and Camillus. I used to frequent the Erie Blvd Tully's when I was younger. I loved it there. You can have a great meal watching one of the many TV Screens and then afterward play games in the game room. Wonderful place to take a date or go out with a bunch of friends!
Favorite Dish: Chicken Tenders!
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Stella's Diner: Not your typical diner!
WOW! A friend said she was going to take me here for lunch and I was a little suspicious when she said it was a diner. I pictured a little place serving eggs and toast, or other typical diner fare. I was really wrong! The place is big, done up in retro-diner style, and the varied types of food they offer comes in HUGE portions!
They are open:
Mondays and Tuesdays: 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m
Favorite Dish: I ordered the turkey potpie, and I couldn't finish it. I took home the rest and it was a whole 2nd meal. I think I paid $6.95.
Service was quick and the people were nice.
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