At Kathy's Cakes and Specialty Treats, artistic confectioners whip together an array of made-from-scratch sweets to sate cravings for classic or fruity tastes. Cupcake flavors include vanilla, chocolate, almond, and marble alongside colorful treats such as lemon, orange, and pineapple. Customers can choose to have their cupcakes filled in the middle with a dollop of strawberry cream, raspberry cream, whipped cream, or frosting that's as sweet and alluring as a chocolate-covered love letter. The three tables at Kathy's let partakers of dessert sit as they dip into their delicious rewards, and the nearby Oswego River makes for a relaxing place to fuse the cupcake-eating experience with a stroll, some fresh air, and a session of bare-footed water skiing.
Tina Corso Hess and her team of bakers follow their own special recipe to craft artful cookie bouquets. Her signature cookie is a modified version of the classic shortbread with a softer texture that melts in your mouth. The Syracuse-based team bedecks 5–12 cookies with royal frosting, with a variety of designs that are ideal for birthdays, holidays, or a friend who just found out he's not the heir to a famous candy factory. Each 4- to 5-inch cookie is individually wrapped to preserve its design, keeping it fresh for up to 90 days without refrigeration.
A student of the baking arts for most of his life, Mario has more than 40 years of experience in the field, stretching back to when he learned the subtle art of yeast fermentation from a European immigrant. The same “from scratch” mentality still pervades his recipes for cakes, breads, rolls, and cookies made each day at Mario’s Bakery, Inc. Here, curved-glass display cases protect a colorful collection of delectables hewing to that from-scratch m.o.: traditional Italian cookies, buttery rugula, and flaky, honey-kissed baklava. Along with freshly baked bread and rolls, the shop also serves cakes with edible images, pastries and other specialties for various occasions.
Channeling the artistic vision she developed as a graphic designer, Dessert Muse owner Melissa Port devises cupcakes that please both the eyes and the mouth. She crafts each made-to-order cupcake using secret recipes handed down from her grandmother and infuses them with one of 17 everyday flavors or 12 seasonal flavors that rotate monthly. Among the collection of everyday flavors are the classic red velvet with roasted-pecan cream-cheese frosting and the unique margarita, which features a citrus cupcake topped with lime buttercream and pinches of sea salt and lime zest. If you want a souvenir version of the cupcake you just ate, Dessert Muse also offers bite-sized miniature 'cakes available in all 29 flavors.
Dedicated to providing hearty meals at affordable prices for Syracuse's working people, Cosmo's Cafe's owner and his dedicated staff plate ample portions of classic American breakfast and lunch fare. Cosmo documents his culinary adventures online, making evident his passion for cooking and love for the café. Breakfast feasts sizzle in skillets throughout the day, served to-go or at tables under the pleasant glare of the café's hanging plants and richly hued green walls, and lunch-box specials allow diners to pair deli sandwiches with salads or homemade soups. On Fridays, fish sandwiches served with slaw and fries satisfy dietary requirements for cuisine often misconstrued as vegetarian cuisine, preventing diners from having to eat vintage hot rods or the innards of pinball machines.
The Deli Downtown keeps it simple. They serve comforting American cuisine of baked-daily bagels, as well as inventive sandwiches made with tangy balsamic dressing, fresh mozzarella, smoked turkey, and homemade focaccia bread. An air of nostalgia permeates the restaurant, with its chessboard linoleum floors, silver-and-vinyl soda-fountain stools, and red-neon accents. The savory smells of toasted reuben and turkey-club sandwiches fill the remaining air as chefs labor at the panini press. For those who refuse to conform, diners can plot out their meal to perfect specificity with the build-your-own-sandwich menu.