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Syracuse as Seen on TV

Have you been feasting your eyes on tasty Lebanese cuisine from celebrity chef Julie Tabouli? 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.

Savor Syracuse by visiting the joints you’ve seen on television — stop into Empire Brewing Company, where Guy Fieri enjoyed the Sweet Fire Fajitas with andouille sausage, grilled onions and peppers with cheddar jack cheese.

Then venture over to Dinosaur BBQ where “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman checked out the Pork-Sket Platter — beef brisket and pickled jalapeños topped with a pile of pulled pork, melted cheese and coleslaw.  

Food Network star and Central New York native Anne Burrell is frequently spotted dining in Armory Square, where you’ll find Pastabilities, also seen on television. After you dine on the epic, hot tomato oil and fresh stretch bread, you’ll want to try some other small-screen favorites:


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.


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 new downtown location was also featured in an episode of the Food Network’s “Guilty Pleasures” which aired Thanksgiving week of 2015.


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.


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.


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.


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.