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103 Marshall Street
Syracuse
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,...
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331 Nottingham Road
Syracuse
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
Syracuse
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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530 Westcott St
Syracuse
The Jordanian family that owns and runs this restaurant prides itself on bringing its homeland dining culture to the 'Cuse. The Essi family says its recipes, which originated in Lebanon, make up "the best diet in the world." Meals here are made up mostly of beans, grains, vegetables and lots of herbs and spices, which the family says hold medicinal powers. The 90 percent vegan menu features...
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320 South Clinton Street
Syracuse
Syracuse Suds Factory isn’t a typical downtown bar full of townies. Known as “Syracuse’s first brewery since 1962,” Syracuse Suds Factory brews its beers on the premises. You can watch them make the beer as you drink it by the pint. But the Suds Factory isn’t just a pub, as its food provides an awesome complement to any beverage selection. Whether your favorite team is playing at home or on...
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143 Marshall Street
Syracuse
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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165 Walton St.
Syracuse
In Armory Square, the calm quiet of the day transforms itself into a lively night atmosphere. The same can be said about the Blue Tusk. It’s a dimly lit space with bar stools and booths, seemingly limitless beer choices and refreshingly unique menu options. Early in the day, customers trickle in and out on their lunch hour, returning again to relax and enjoy their surroundings with an ice-cold...
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121 W. Fayette Street
Syracuse
  With a name like Bittersweet Wine and Dessert Bar, this West Fayette Street restaurant makes it clear to patrons what parts of the meal they are going to remember. Indeed, the wine list and dessert menu offer enough to leave only the snobbiest of eaters unsatisfied. But you might also be surprised at how much you enjoy the stuff that comes in between. When to Go: Bittersweet, which opened...
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801 University Avenue
Syracuse
Update: The bar has since been renamed "Sitrus on the Hill."   You know it’s there, but you have never checked it out. After all, you attend Syracuse University, so why would you need to go inside the Sheraton Hotel? Make the two-minute trip from Marshall Street, though, and you’ll find out what you’ve been missing. The hotel’s bar and grill, Sitrus on the Hill, and restaurant, Rachel’...
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214 West Water Street
Syracuse
If you're looking for a new place to cheer on your Syracuse Orange, look no further than the recently opened Saltine Warrior Sports Pub located just west of Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. The name comes from Syracuse University's old mascot. Owned and operated by John Shahin, the same guy behind Harry's Bar right by campus, this new sports bar offers reasonably priced sports-viewing fare...
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137 Marshall Street
Syracuse
Update: Closed in May 2012. Like many of the other restaurants that populate Marshall Street, just off of the SU campus, Pita El Saha gives the immediate impression of a college spot.  However, don’t let the rundown overhang sign fool you.  For an alternative to the predominantly pizza and sandwich spots, El Saha is a refreshing taste to the Marshall Street line up.  It is forced...
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253 E. Water Street
Syracuse
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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3106 James Street
Syracuse
If you’re tired of calling a jaunt to Sbarro in Schine an authentic Italian meal, then look no further than Siciliano’s Italian Eatery for a quality spaghetti fix. Located less than five miles from campus at 6380 Thompson Road, Siciliano’s is nestled between East Wok and Jreck Subs in a small strip mall. The Carrier towers are next door, and the bustle of Carrier Circle is close enough to be...
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727 South Crouse Street Suite 6 Campus Plaza
Syracuse
On the small street behind Marshall, hidden in the shadow of Chuck’s, is a healthy gem of sandwiches, soups and salads. Roly Poly’s relaxing, refreshing, and quaint atmosphere makes the restaurant an ideal place for someone who is searching for a healthy option, one different from your average Freshman-15 pizza for lunch, booze for dinner diet. This restaurant offers decent prices - you can find...
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167 Marshall Street
Syracuse
In the mood for a truly savory salad? At Acropolis, they leave the boring boxed-up salads to McDonald’s. It’s nothing but fork-fulls of fresh lettuce leafs tossed with dices of ripe tomato, sprinkles of feta cheese, and homemade Greek dressing here. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, they’ll even top it off with steamy slices of freshly-grilled chicken. At Acropolis, you’re guaranteed fresh...
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731 S. Crouse Ave.
Syracuse
Hours: Monday—Friday: 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. • Saturday, Sunday: 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. At the heart of Bruegger's Bagel Bakery is the atmosphere of a small-town restaurant with the affordability of a fast-food conglomerate. Bruegger's genius is specializing in one basic breakfast item. It's like Krispy Kreme, but for bagels. The bakery offers dozens of freshly baked bagels and home-made...
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534 Westcott Street
Syracuse
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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719 East Genesee St
Syracuse
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
Syracuse
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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2943 Erie Blvd. East
Syracuse
With over 70 TVs lining the walls playing every and any sports game that's on, Tully's is sure to provide a good time - and great food. The 10-minute drive from the Syracuse University campus to its location on Erie Boulevard is an easy trip for some all-American eats and friendly company. You'll be surprised how tasty the burgers are and how much grub they fit onto one plate at a place that...