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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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2529 James Street
Syracuse
Situated next to A Taste of Philadelphia and a few blocks away from The Palace Theater, Chadwicks is your resident James Street sports bar. In addition to booze and screens to watch the game, it offers customers all the grilled food staples, prepared right in front of your eyes at a window across from the bar. There’s plenty of room inside to mingle during half time, and the drink specials will...
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1370 Burnet Avenue
Syracuse
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....
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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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135 Marshall Street
Syracuse
The closest Chinatown to Syracuse University may be 246 miles away in New York City, but you can sample a taste of Chinatown with a quick jaunt to Marshall Street At Panda West Chinese Seafood Restaurant, the staff strives to appease the appetites of SU students by bringing the diverse delicacies of Asian cuisine to the outskirts of campus, going as far as strategically placing the slogan “...
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144 Walton Street
Syracuse
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.
Syracuse
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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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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125 E. Water St.
Syracuse
“Shut up and eat your burger,” says the slogan of Bull & Bear Pub. Which burger, you ask? Take your pick of one of many made at the pub, located in Hanover Square. You may have heard the phrase “fresh, never frozen” at a burger joint before, but at this “burger company,” their mission is serious: to provide you with a fresh half-pound Angus beef or a hand-trimmed chicken burger that is never...
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300 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse
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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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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1121 East Fayette Street
Syracuse
Don't be put off by the standalone brick building and the vines so thick this time of year they obscure the windows and the "Open" sign. This 10-year-old restaurant serves authentic Korean specialties ranging from boiled snails to kimchi to stir-fried chicken gizzards to raw tilapia. There's also an abundance of chicken, beef, tofu and pork for the less adventurous. When to Go: Hours are 11:30 a....
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215 Walton Street
Syracuse
Namu offers an extensive menu of Thai, Korean and Japanese flavors complemented by Asian beers and wines and a full bar. The atmosphere and food presentation will impress your date, and the generous portions will leave you more than satisfied.  When to Go: If you don't mind parking far away and walking through the snow, Namu is great for a weekend date....
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123 Marshall Street
Syracuse
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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321 S. Clinton St.
Syracuse
Picture this: your dad’s favorite armchair meets funky New York swank.  It’s that unique hybrid that puts Al’s Wine & Whiskey at the top of our list.  If you’re not feeling up for the crowded Beerfest at Chuck’s or the underage dance party at Maggie’s, Al’s offers a refreshing change from the norm.  A hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match.  Now...
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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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311 S Franklin St.
Syracuse
What two things are guaranteed to make every Syracuse University student drool? Pastabilities’ fresh, warm bread and hot tomato oil dipping sauce. Sold all over Syracuse and Central New York, the restaurant’s famous bread and dipping sauce is the perfect way to start a meal, especially if you’re eating in the warm, inviting, and usually hopping, dining room of Pastabilities. When to Go:...
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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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900 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse
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...