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246 W Willow St
Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the first. That knee-jerk pour of sauce onto your ribs will probably spill onto your new khakis. But you won’t care. The excitement is natural. Instead of reaching for the napkins — and delaying your meal — you’ll continue to pig out. After all, that’s what a fluorescent sign says in the window of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: “Pig In, Pig Out.” The rib experience at this go-to...
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161 Marshall Street
If you’re looking for a laid-back place to watch the big game while enjoying New York style wings and pizza with your favorite draft, then head to DJ’s on the Hill during one of Syracuse University’s basketball games. When to Go: Take your pick of the night. Open till 2 a.m. every night, DJ’s always has a drink special, and the kitchen is open till close. DJ’s will soon feature a lunch...
Your rating: None Average: 1.8 (4 votes)
907 E. Genesee St.
Don't let the Italian name fool you, the Dolce Vita World Bistro, which means the "beautiful life," is not just Italian. It's the entire world, served up on a plate. Here, you will see everything from European to Asian to American, depending on when you come in. After a favorable review in The Post-Standard, Dolce Vita made its mark in Syracuse as a place for foodies whose pastimes include eating...
Your rating: None Average: 5 (2 votes)
1370 Burnet Avenue
Dominick’s Restaurant is a casual, friendly setting for an inexpensive yet enjoyable Italian lunch or dinner. Located on Burnet Avenue in downtown Syracuse, its incredibly extensive selection of food appeals to those who love Italian food and those tagging along for a good meal and conversation. When to Go: The very large dining room area is ready to accommodate you between 11 a.m. and 11 p....
Your rating: None Average: 3 (6 votes)
534 Westcott Street
If someone were to tell you that 12 Greek gods resided in a restaurant in Syracuse, you might not believe it. At Dorian’s Gourmet Pizza & Deli, the large variety of fresh, tasty food is a godsend. Dorian's serves Greek, Italian and American food and stays open late for delivery every day. From gyros to calzones, from pizza to wings, Dorian’s is great for a quick bite or a nice sit-down meal....
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120 Walton St
Empire Brewing Company has made an impression with its garden-grown menu, green mindset and carefully crafted brews. And its location at the heart of Armory Square doesn’t mean its Cajun-influenced cuisine is too pricey for a night out with friends. The atmosphere is casual, cozy and modern, and the food has a kick. Above all, Empire is approachable; you don’t have to be a microbrew connoisseur...
Your rating: None Average: 4.4 (9 votes)
734 S. Crouse Avenue
 Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”  So if you a) like beer or b) want to be happy, head down to Faegan’s, one of our personal faves.  A top-notch gastro pub, filling up glasses since 1978.  A place where the mouth-watering menu is only topped by the extensive list of microbrews on tap.  You can thank Ben later.When to...
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144 Walton Street
At Freedom of Espresso, you have the right to a strong cappuccino and free Internet access. You also have the right to make small talk with the man behind the counter and ask questions about the 27 different flavors of syrup or the artwork on the walls. This Armory Square café (one of four Freedom of Espressos in the area) has everything people love about local joints — coffee named after a town...
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727 S. Crouse Ave. Suite 8
Located in the alley way of the Marshall Street Mall, Funk N’ Waffles provides a getaway from the hustle and bustle of college life.  With Belgian waffles ranging from the classic blueberry to fried chicken waffles, you can get just about anything put on top of your favorite breakfast meal.  Not in the mood for waffles?  They serve grilled Panini sandwiches and smoothies as well....
Your rating: None Average: 3 (1 vote)
207, Walton Street
Update: Closed in late 2011. With a modern design and upscale feel, Armory Square's newest sports bar has all the ingredients to make sports fans happy: two pool tables, shuffleboard, darts and an indoor basketball game. On top of it, it has five 82-inch projection screens and a choice of 120 beers, which make this place a great one to watch the games.When to Go: Gio’s Tavern is open every...
Your rating: None Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
123 Marshall Street
Nothing beats the combination of a gooey, freshly baked cookie and some milk to top off a great night. Insomnia Cookies appeals to the midnight snack cravers, the families visiting their kids at ‘Cuse, and the nightly crowd coming out of Chucks. Basically, this M-Street staple works for everyone. The 'Dessert': Cookies are just a buck, but if you’re feeling really zealous, try a large cookie...
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253 E. Water Street
Consider it a playground for beer connoisseurs with an unquenchable thirst for variety. Beat your brew boredom with one of the 69 different beers on tap at J Ryan’s Pub in downtown Syracuse. Stop in for insanely affordable prices paired with good food and a cozy atmosphere. What more could a college student ask for? When to Go: J Ryan’s is a good alternative when the more well-known bars are...
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103 Marshall Street
If you are craving a sandwich like mom used to make, or want to indulge in a sandwich fit for a Super Bowl party, Jimmy John’s has it. From Italian clubs to vegetarian specials, this sandwich shop has it all. Jimmy John's offers a friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices, and delicious subs. When to Go: Jimmy John’s is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-3 a.m., which allows customers to enjoy lunch,...
Your rating: None Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
129 Marshall St. # 1
UPDATE: King David's is moving upstairs from its previous location, now residing above Chipotle. The restaurant plans to reopen in September 2011. King David’s is as synonymous with Middle Eastern cuisine as it gets in Syracuse. The original restaurant is tucked away among the hustle and bustle of Marshal Street near the SU campus, but it offers a drastic alternative to what else is in the...
Your rating: None Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
300 W. Fayette St.
Kitty Hoynes isn’t your typical Irish pub, instead it boasts a small candle lit hangout that makes the perfect spot for long conversations and good laughs. Best of all, it's in the cultural epicenter of Syracuse---Armory Square. When to Go:  At this non-assuming hide-away spot, there will be older Syracuse locals, but on the weekends, college students swing by to start the night off...
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727 S. Crouse Ave.
Komachi Japanese Restaurant is the newest addition to the list of eateries atop The Hill. Originally located downtown, the authentic Japanese restaurant relocated in May, and is now tucked around the corner from the university’s bustling Marshall Street. From sake to teriyaki, sushi to any type of roll you can imagine, Komachi is the place to go for a great Japanese meal. When to go: Komachi is...
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304 Hawley Ave.
In June 2010, Laci's Tapas Bar became the first Tapas restaurant in the Syracuse area. Tapas cuisine is inherently Spanish and is usually an assortment of smaller dishes sometimes meant for sharing. The bar's location is a bit isolated from downtown. But Laci's has become so popular to customers, it's rare to get a table on its busiest days. Reservations are recommended.  When to Go: The...
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238 W. Jefferson St.
If you are looking for authentic Thai food, a plate of decent sushi, or a place that promises a memorable and exquisite family outing, check out Lemon Grass. The American-Thai restaurant located in Armory Square offers all of the above. When to Go: Lunchtime at Lemon Grass is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:...
Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (2 votes)
727 S. Crouse Ave. Suite 3
Update: Life is a Piece of Cake has closed. The exterior of Life is a piece of Cake looks like it’s been slathered with bubblegum pink icing, and once you walk through the door, the pink, black and white interior just screams “cute, cozy bakery.” The food case sits between a retro pink refrigerator and a pink and white counter. Every accent, from the white chandelier, to the coffee mugs...
Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (6 votes)
721 S. Crouse Ave.
Step into another climate as you enter Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar just down the street from Syracuse University. As soon as you take a seat at a table made out of a surfboard and sip on your Corona with lime, your goose bumps from the perpetual winter outside will melt away. The West Coast-inspired décor provides plenty to gawk at. From movie posters dating back to the 1950's to license plates...