The cooks at The Stagecoach Cafe plate up a full menu of classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, then fry fish on Thursday and Friday evenings. Eggs, pancakes, and biscuits with gravy appease bellies in the morning, and a wide variety of burgers and grilled sandwiches can be worn as warm earmuffs at lunchtime. In addition to seafood selections, the dinner hour also boasts down-home entrees such as meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, and New York strip steak.
Located at the Syracuse Kickball Park, Jim and Rocks' Super Sub Shop helps fuel friendly competition amongst the players at the park's newly renovated 18-hole mini-golf course. Whole or half-sized cold subs are built upon a choice of a white or wheat roll, which is then piled high with homemade chicken salad, pastrami and provolone, or smoked turkey or ham. Those looking for a warm meal can peruse a selection of hot subs including a grilled cheesesteak and a chili dog smothered in cheddar cheese and sauerkraut, while light lunchers can enjoy their favorite sub meats and cheeses sans bun in a custom salad served with a choice of dressing. The sub shop also encourages snacking between rounds with munchies such as onion rings, fried mushrooms, and popcorn chicken carved right off the cob.
Head sushi chef and owner Chang Jiang stocks Kawa Japanese Cuisine’s concise menu with a blend of the familiarly authentic and the novel. Simple cuts of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail harmonize with miso soup and seaweed salad, whereas unconventional flavor combinations run riot on a list of signature rolls. The Crazy Monkey roll pairs tempura shrimp with fried banana and jungle vines, and the fried seafood roll enfolds five different kinds of fish. Chefs also slow-cook beef, shrimp, chicken, and tofu after marinating them in teriyaki sauce, and they flash-fry heaping platters of tempura seafood and vegetables.
When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began perfecting their bagel recipe with the help of a professional NYC bagel maker in 1983, the bagel was still an anomaly in the food world—it was geographically and culturally still isolated in New York City. Fueled by a desire to change that, the duo opened up the first Bruegger's deli with the hope of eventually introducing the rest of the country to the bagel. Brue and Dressell have since realized their dream, sharing their distinctive recipes and culinary traditions at 300 locations spread across 26 states. To this day, they oven-bake their centerless bread rolls every morning and afternoon, populating counter displays that also brim with daily made breads, Vermont cream cheese, and custom-roasted coffee.
Executive Chef Phillip Smith and his network of chefs still use the original five-ingredient recipe for their dough, which they shape into more than 20 bagel varieties. Because they draw from each region's local recipes and from dialogue and Pictionary games with local consumers, certain menu items may vary from store to store across the country. The bagels are often served with Bruegger's eclectic cream cheeses such as bacon scallion or pumpkin, or as sandwiches with meats, cheeses, and veggies often sourced from local or organic produce. Coffe gets just as much attention, with house blends of 100% arabica coffee.
Rich, tomato-based sauces, yogurt marinades, and mango chutneys ensure each of Bombay Thali’s dishes bursts with flavor. The BYOB restaurant’s chefs use them to season chicken, lamb, and goat, preparing Indian entrees as time tested as the subcontinent’s fondness for watching cricket played by crickets. In addition to the tandoori and biryani classics, seafood curries beckon with shrimp and swordfish. A full array of naan, including a version brightened with mint, can carry the curries and sweet dipping sauces to tongues.
The chefs at Nick's Pizzeria & Deli draw on 30 years of experience to spin New York–style pies and craft specialty Italian pastas and sandwiches. They use their hands to knead each Neapolitan-style thin crust and Sicilian-style thick crust before ladling on a spiral of sauce made with fresh tomatoes and basil. A newly remodeled dining space accommodates up to 25 diners, or friendly deliverymen ferry piping-hot meals for free to doorsteps or secret entrances to bat caves. For a minimum of 50 people, Nick's catering staff will tote trays to parties.