Nestled behind the Stanley Theatre, Thornberry's Backstage concocts delectable cuisine that sates theatergoers chowing down before or after a show. Originally called Thornberry's upon its 1995 opening, father-and-son team Robert Sullivan, Sr. and Rob Sullivan, Jr. dispensed lunch and dinnertime cuisine until 2010. After a one-year hiatus, the restaurant reopened in November 2011 with an updated name, refurbished décor, brand-new toilet paper, and a revamped menu. Doors open to welcome feasters at 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as the aroma of homemade desserts wafts through the dining quarters. Thornberry's Backstage also cooks up grub on holidays such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day as well as any night that the Stanley Theatre hosts an event, which has included performances from Beatlemania and Lord of the Dance.
Every week, one of Broadway Café’s baristas scrawls the weekly coffee special on the pastel chalkboard menu, eking out space alongside specialty pizzas, deli-style sandwiches, and salads. In addition to classic pies, such as meat lovers or margarita, cooks bake inventive iterations that include the buffalo chicken and the Rueben pizza, topped with shredded corn beef, swiss cheese, and kraut with a russian dressing sauce. Guests can also saunter in for breakfast sandwiches and wraps, all of which are available for catered events, such as birthdays, bat mitzvahs, and upscale bee attacks.
Outside, under a mammoth ice-cream cone, Arctic Island stands at the ready to sate sweet teeth and cool down overheated palates. Broadway Cafe's sister business slings soft-serve cones, scoops Premium Homemade Ice Cream flavors such as peppermint patty, and sprays whipped cream onto banana splits.
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.
Syracuse New Times readers named Strong Heart Cafe Best Vegetarian Restaurant. It was also mentioned in USA Today as one of New York's healthy restaurants and featured in NewsHouse. Yelpers give it a 4.5 star average. Nearly 1,900 Facebookers are fans of the restaurant.