1. Experience Epic Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
246 W Willow St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 476-4937
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 623 reviews The Dinosaur BBQ love has been spreading further south in recent years, but the famous barbeque originated in Syracuse, and locals are reasonably proud of the joint’s mouth-watering brisket, creamy mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes.

2. Grab A Brew And A Burger At Empire Brewing Company

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Empire Brewing Company
120 Walton St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-2337
Yelp: 4 stars, 174 reviews Aside from being one of the best brew pubs in town, Empire offers a huge range of burgers: the tumbleweed beef burger gets rave reviews, but there’s also burgers made of pork, lamb, and elk. Pair a beer sample flight with your burger of choice and sweet potato fries.

3. Try A Syracuse Classic: Pastabilities

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Pastabilities
311 S Franklin St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 474-1153
Yelp: 4 stars, 175 reviews Joke of a name aside, Pastabilities is the oldest restaurant in Armory Square, and offers delicious, Italian-influenced American fare. Their famous spicy hot tomato oil served with stretch bread is the only way to start a meal at this local favorite.

4. Share Delicious Small Plates At Laci’s Tapas Bar

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Laci’s Tapas Bar
304 Hawley Ave
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 218-5903
Yelp: 4 stars, 68 reviews Laci’s wonderful small plates are internationally inspired, although there is naturally a large offering of Spanish cuisine. They have great vegetarian options as well as “carnivorous tapas”—check out the pow shrimp for a spicy pop.

5. Snag A Delicious Deli Sandwich At Brooklyn Pickle

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Brooklyn Pickle
2222 Burnet Ave
Syracuse, NY 13206
(315) 463-1851
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 28 reviews Select from among your choice of house made pickles to accompany the best subs in town. Try the signature sandwich, which showcases corned beef, pastrami, and Swiss on dark rye, topped with a tangy Russian dressing. The Pickle also offers great homemade dessert options.

6. Try Out The Savory Waffles At Funk ‘n’ Waffles

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Funk ‘n’ Waffles
727 S Crouse Ave Ste 8
Syracuse NY 13210
(315) 477-9700
Yelp: 4 stars, 116 reviews This hippie joint offers up live music and a stupendous selection of waffles: there’s a Thanksgiving dinner waffle with smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy and the bacon brie and basil waffle are stand-outs, as well as their sweet waffle selection.

7. Dive Into Craft Beer At The Blue Tusk

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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The Blue Tusk
165 Walton St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 472-1934
Yelp: 4 stars, 80 reviews The centerpoint of craft beer in the region, The Blue Tusk offers an impressive 69 beers on tap. You can pair one or two of these with everything from their delicious meat and cheese boards to their famous lobster BLT.

8. Enjoy Traditional Irish Fare At Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub
100 S Lowell Ave
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 476-1933
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 37 reviews Offering Irish pub classics like corned beef and cabbage (the house specialty), chicken pub pie in a puff pastry, and Guinness onion rings, Coleman’s menu also contains tasty non-traditional items like scallops wrapped in bacon and fried brie—what goes best with your pint is up to you.

9. Go For Breakfast At Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry & Diner

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry & Diner
3709 James St
Syracuse, NY 13206
(315) 432-0942
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 77 reviews Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry & Diner is a great classic diner. Aside from the eponymous fried fish, this is one of the best spots in town for breakfast, including their Southern-style biscuits and gravy, crispy home fries, and enormous chocolate chip pancakes.

10. Experience Thai Cuisine At Lemon Grass Restaurant

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Lemon Grass Restaurant
238 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 79 reviews Lemon Grass and sister restaurant Bistro Elephant are some of the best dining establishments in town. Explore the Thai menu at Lemon Grass—the caramelized tamarind fish is excellent, as are Thai classics like prig pow and massaman curry. This also just might be the best spot for oysters in Syracuse.

11. Get Your Red Meat Fix At Bistro Elephant Steakhouse

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Bistro Elephant Steakhouse
238 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-1111
Yelp: 4 stars, 8 reviews Bistro Elephant may share a kitchen with Lemon Grass, but this place deserves its own spot on the list. Clearly a great place for a steak, this spot should also be recognized for its mussels and spectacular dessert options.

12. Get ‘50’s-Style Tastiness At A La Mode Café and Catering

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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A La Mode Café and Catering
331 Nottingham Rd
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 446-6716
Yelp: 3 stars, 22 reviews This little sandwich shop and ice cream parlor offers a range of housemade treats in a ‘50s style setting. Start off with the loaded potato bites and high-end deli sandwiches. The whole meal can end in an ice cream cone or a fresh-baked cookie—what more can you ask for?

13. Go Vegan At The Strong Hearts Café

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Strong Hearts Café
719 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 478-0000
Yelp: 4 stars, 165 reviews This friendly, warm vegan joint can convert even the most die hard meat-lover. Offering dozens of fun flavored vegan milkshakes (everything from green tea to pumpkin to cherry-coconut flavor) and an inventive menu with everything from delicious Cajun seitan sandwiches to a delicious vegan grilled cheese.

14. Go For The Best Night Out At bc Restaurant

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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bc Restaurant
247 W Fayette St, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 701-0636
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 50 reviews One of the best fine dining establishments in Syracuse, bc restaurant offers beautifully designed dishes like locally-raised duck breasts, lobster risotto, and roasted vegetable vol-au-vent.  The wine list is excellent and the $30 prix fixe is a great deal.

15. Pay Homage To Italy Frankie’s Piccolo Bistro

These 15 Syracuse Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of You Mouth
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Frankie’s Piccolo Bistro
656 N Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13208
(315) 479-8797
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 15 reviews Frankie’s Piccolo Bistro is an excellent spot for Italian classics. Their chicken parmigiana is stellar, as are the old-world meatballs, calamari fritti, and classic Italian soups. Be sure to save room for dessert—the cannoli is not to be missed. Feature image source: Strong Hearts Cafe via Facebook What’s your go-to for great grub in Syracuse? Tell us in the comments below!