Syracuse’s unique restaurants make the location worth the snow

Despite the cold weather and heavy snowfall, there are many wonderful things about living in Syracuse, one being the range of restaurants located just outside of our campus. These unique restaurants make life at Syracuse University that much better.

One of the first restaurants I went to in downtown Syracuse was Pastabilities for a friend’s birthday dinner. Because pasta is my favorite food, the variety of pasta dishes was very appealing. As in many Italian restaurants, the waitress brought bread to the table, but the sauce that came with it was mouth-watering – I couldn’t get enough of it. Our waitress was very friendly and happily took a bunch of group photos of us that night. If you love pasta and are looking for a fun night out at a restaurant with friends, I highly recommend trying Pastablities.

Breakfast foods are another of my favorite things to eat, no matter the time of day. Funk ‘n Waffles stays open until midnight, so it’s a go-to spot for college students who like to hang out late. The first time I tried their waffles was for a 11pm breakfast for dinner with my friends, and the restaurant was busy and full of people who had the same idea for their late night snack.

Their menu is varied, with many types of waffles, savory and sweet. My favorite is called ‘Crepe Expectations’, a nutella and banana waffle, but if you’re looking for a savory and sweet combo, a popular menu item is chicken and waffles. In addition to their menu, Funk ‘n’ Waffles is well known in the Syracuse community for their live music, which I have yet to personally experience. On their website there is a concert calendar where you can check upcoming performances as well as a link to buy tickets.

Speaking of the downtown music scene, one of my favorite things about Syracuse other than the restaurants are the many live music events and theme nights all over town. Last semester on Halloween, many Syracuse students attended a Halloween party at the Westcott Theater, which has a huge stage and open space where they host live music events and ticketed parties throughout the semester. ‘year. One of their nights that I unfortunately missed was the one with Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo music only. They post their events online well in advance, so students should definitely check them out if they’re looking for something fun to do besides dining out.

But getting back to delicious Syracuse food, XO Taco and Margaritas Mexican Cantina are two more of my favorite restaurants in Syracuse. XO Taco gets booked up quickly on weekends, so it’s a great spot for special occasions. Margaritas are similar, but have more of a party vibe, usually with loud music and filled with SU students. Both are wonderful options with a fun atmosphere, good service and, of course, delicious food.

It would be a mistake on my part to list some of the most interesting restaurants in Syracuse without mentioning Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, my favorite. I went there for the first time a few weeks ago and after trying the food I was shocked that I had never been there before. I went with another person on a Wednesday night and it was only a 15 minute wait, but since they don’t take reservations, I recommend getting there early if you choose to go with a big group.

The rustic interior and cool signs on the walls made this an experience like no other. Although BBQ isn’t my favorite type of food, I could eat at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que any day – it was unlike any BBQ I’ve ever eaten. The menu offers a wide variety of options including chicken wings, sandwiches, sliders, BBQ nachos, ribs, bowls and a huge selection of exquisite sides that you need to add to perfectly complement your meal. .

As SU students, we are fortunate to have our campus so close to bustling Syracuse with plenty of restaurants to eat and places to go. In Syracuse, weekend plans never have to be boring, and if you don’t have a lot of work to do during the week, going out to dinner downtown is a great way to pass your time. It’s easy for students to stay within the confines of the SU campus, but students are missing out if they don’t venture into the city. They should enjoy Syracuse with their friends as the city does a great job of making the most of the coldest and snowiest winters with these fun and unique options to enjoy!

Jean Aiello is a freshman magazine, specializing in news and digital journalism. His column appears every two weeks. She can be reached at [email protected].

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