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 weekend you can stop by from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — but keep in mind it tends to be a bit more crowded on the weekends. The bottom line: If you're up early enough, stop by for some great eats.
On Tap: Mom's Diner does not serve any alcoholic beverages. You can, however, pour yourself (that's right, pour yourself) a nice cup of coffee, so it's always exactly to your taste. If you don't want coffee, you can grab yourself a soda, orange juice or Vitamin Water from the fridge up front. The bottom line: If you were expecting kegs and eggs, keep on moving.
Blue Plate Special: If you're in the mood for breakfast, try Mom's Spicy Sunrise. A Middle Eastern take on a traditional breakfast, it's served with two eggs with signature spices and a choice of meat with potatoes and toast — all for just $6.99. If you're feeling a bit more conventional, try the fluffy and delicious French toast with your choice of sides. But of course, if you're craving your traditional diner grub, pig out on a nice burger and fries. The bottom line: With an array of breakfast foods and traditional diner grub, there's nothing on the menu that won't make your mouth water.
The Scene: Like most diners, Mom's Diner is nothing fancy. You'll feel right at home at this small and cozy eatery, with its comfy green booths, posters of Syracuse University athletics and pictures of the staff hanging on the wall. The bottom line: It's no five-star restaurant, but it sure is a great place to eat.
The Crew: Once you walk into Mom's Diner, you will be greeted by a smiling member of the Essi family, the owners and operators of the diner. They want to make you feel welcome and at home. The bottom line: You will feel like a member of the Essi family.
The Crowd: Mom's Diner attracts a mixed group of people. At any given time, you can find college students mixed with the local regulars and families. The bottom line: Whether you're a hungover frat boy or a parent of three, you're welcome at Mom's Diner.
The Deets: If you're a hungry college student looking to stuff your face while also keeping your wallet stuffed, Mom's Diner is the place for you. Choose from a wide-ranging breakfast menu. You can pig out on some old-fashioned eggs and bacon or even build your own omelet for about $7. If eggs aren't your thing, you can get pancakes or French toast for less than $5. For lunch, choose from different wraps, sandwiches or salads, all for about $7. If it's the burger and fries you're craving, forget McDonald's. The burgers here aren't just cheap, they are also delicious. The bottom line: If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, Mom's Diner is the place for you.
Profile by Scott Simone