Famous Syracuse Restaurants

Perhaps you’ve been bingeing on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” or Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”? Many mouthwatering dishes from Syracuse have found their way into the spotlight and we can assure you they taste as good as they look. Food Network star and Central New York native Anne Burrell has been spotted dining in the area, and hand-selected local restaurants for her upcoming nuptials.

Savor Syracuse by visiting the joints you’ve seen on television — but don't stop there! Take your own tour of the Syracuse food scene and discover your next favorite spot. 

 

Byblos Mediterranean Cafe

Guy Fieri made a stop in to this Lebanese restaurant for the Triple D episode "Authentic Eats". The segment featured the Falafel Sandwich and of course some baklava to satisfy Fieri's sweet tooth. 

 

 

DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE

“Man v. Food” host Adam Richman checked out the home of the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and tried out the Pork-Sket Platter — beef brisket and pickled jalapeños topped with a pile of pulled pork, melted cheese and coleslaw. 

 

 

EVA’S EUROPEAN SWEETS

The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” episode “Eurocentric”: The segment highlighted owner Eva Zaczynski preparing her recipe for Hungarian Placki, potato pancakes topped with lightly spiced ground beef and tomato sauce. Host Guy Fieri sampled the crispy potato pancakes with gravy during the episode.

 

 

FUNK ‘N WAFFLES

The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” episode “Far Out”: Host Guy Fieri tried two savory waffles at Funk 'n Waffles — the Chicken & Waffles (buttermilk waffles with a half dozen organic wings and hot sauce) and the Jive Turkey (stuffing waffle with smoked turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy). The downtown location was also featured in an episode of the Food Network’s “Guilty Pleasures”, as well as a remote reprisal on Guy Fieri's Triple D show during the coronavirus pandemic in the summer of 2020.

 

 

HEID’S OF LIVERPOOL

Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food”: Host Adam Richman tried Heid’s Double Frank, which consists of two franks together in one split-top bun, slathered with Heid’s original mustard.

 

 

KITTY HOYNES

The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” episode “Turn On Traditional”: Kitty Hoynes a local-favorite Irish pub, host Guy Fieri tried out the Reuben fritters with honey mustard horseradish and the Irish meatloaf with cabbage cream sauce and champ potatoes.

 

 

MOTHER’S CUPBOARD

Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food”: Host Adam Richman chose this location for his challenge during his Syracuse-centric episode. He took on the Frittata Challenge — a 6-pound scramble of eggs, sausage, pepperoni and hash browns — and won. Ninety-five percent of those who have taken on this challenge have failed.

 

 

PASTABILITIES

Also featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," Fieri raved about the Hot Tomato Oil, which has since become a Syracuse staple. He also sampled another popular regional item, the Wicked Chicken Riggies, as well as the Duck Bacon Flatbread Pizza. The Hot Tomato Oil reappeared on one of Triple D's creative coronavirus episodes in 2020, "America's Favorites", which featured viewer video-nominated favorites from past episodes. 

 

 

CHOCOLATE PIZZA COMPANY

Featured on the Food Network, Chocolate Pizza Company has created handcrafted, gourmet chocolate specialties in Central New York for over 25 years. Chocolate Pizza Company annually transforms over 100,000 pounds of premium chocolate into over 100 unique and delicious confections for business and personal occasions.