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331 Nottingham Road
Walking into A La Mode Café and Catering, you’ll find it hard to ignore the sweet bacon aroma that fills every corner of the room. But don’t let the fried fragrance fool you – this South Campus sandwich shop caters to the health-conscious as well as the hearty eater. Tucked away in Nottingham Plaza, A La Mode serves wraps, salads, and sandwiches with fresh Boar’s Head meat and a choice of bread...
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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....
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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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143 Marshall Street
Cosmos, a kitschy '50s diner, is a Marshall Street gem hidden behind a pizzeria facade. While most eateries on The Hill cater to a specific taste, Cosmos serves everything from loaded cheesesteak sandwiches to mocha-flavored malts to pizza omelets. They open early for breakfast and crank out diner classics and hybrids until the early hours of the morning. Cosmos opened in the late 1950s, and...
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900 E. Genesee St.
For dinner, Phoebe’s Restaurant & Coffee Lounge is enticingly arranged and delicious-tasting fine dining, just around the corner from Syracuse University on East Genesee Street. Prior to noon, Phoebe’s is a cozy coffee lounge. If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere, you can order your favorite Phoebe’s specialty to go. A Syracuse tradition, which has been around since...
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3521 James Street
You know the feeling. The immediate, involuntary response — almost too subtle to notice — but there in the greedy inhalation, fluttering eyelids and chest-held clutch as you watch the steam uncurl from the aromatic brew. A ritual familiar to all those who pay respect to the beverage that puts an extra pep in one’s step and provides that spare zap of energy to keep you going for that one last hour...
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324 Burnet Ave
"A Funky Place to Meet and Eat." Specialty coffee, art shows, live concerts, healthy and affordable food...What's not to love? Whether you're looking for a tasty variety of vegetarian food or just need a break from the less-than-healthy college diet, Sparky Town is exactly what you're looking for. When To Go: Sparky Town is open Mon-Fri from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Lunchtime...
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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...
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719 East Genesee St
Strong Hearts Cafe offers earth-friendly comfort food that’s kind to animals and humans alike. The 100 percent vegan menu satisfies the strictest diet, without disappointing a hearty appetite or ravenous sweet tooth. Carnivores are likely to lick their plates clean before realizing what’s “missing” from their meal (animal products of any kind). The hip, relaxed atmosphere inspires fruitful...
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802 S. Crouse Avenue
Whether it's game day or Wednesday afternoon, it seems like there is someone always in Varsity chowing down on a slice of cheese pizza or a famous steak sandwich. Everything from chicken wings to salads, the Hill would not be the same without the famous Varsity restaurant. Game day for basketball or football is always a popular choice (especially on the recently rare occasion when the SU football...
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501 Westcott St.
If you are searching for mouthwatering food, cheap prices and a cozy place to eat, look no further than Mom's Diner. Almost hidden in plain view on Westcott Street, Mom's Diner serves traditional diner grub, while mixing in some Middle Eastern flair. When to Go: Mom's Diner isn't exactly your 24-hour diner dive. During the week, you can eat at Mom's Diner from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on the...
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110 Harvard Place
If it weren’t for the sign hanging from the second-floor balcony, or the fliers for local events hanging in the windows, you might think the Recess Coffee House and Roastery is just another house. Situated on a residential block just off Westcott Street, Recess looks unassuming and modest. But once inside, your nose will be greeted with the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee and just-out-of-the-...
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550 Westcott Street
Though 2nd Story's name comes directly from its location on the second story of its Westcott Street home, this straightforward attribution belies the aesthetic delights and array of items offered in this low-key coffee shop and former bookstore. Whether you're craving a crispy panini or crumbly pastry, 2nd Story will provide and have you lounging around in its cozy nooks for hours with a treat in...