Family-owned for five generations and 116 years, Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply stocks residential and commercial kitchens with approximately 18,000 items, including a wide variety of food equipment. Patrons can paint egg-glaze masterpieces with a 1-inch boar-bristle pastry brush ($2.82) or don a chef’s hat ($8.99) to collect free sticky buns from passersby who mistake them for the Pillsbury Doughboy. Alternatively, customers can dunk dough in a 12-cup S/S deep fryer ($77.99) or dip delicacies in chocolate melted with a electric multi fondue set ($71.99) to craft homemade sweets. Hops and yeast from a True Brew Irish stout ingredient kit ($43.89) ferment into 5 gallons of full-bodied ale (equipment not included). Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply also hosts a substantial array of industrial service equipment for restaurants or wistful home kitchens dreaming of the big time.
Vitreous chocolate reservoirs and scratch-made desserts melt on tongues in Bittersweet Wine Bar & Desserts' romantic, subdued environs. Dining duos that opt for the Noah's Ark fondue shepherd morsels of cake, fruit, and brownies into pools of milk, white, or dark chocolate. Three or more friends gather around the Fun-Due's bountiful sugary basin and share dipped morsels along with tips for delivering leftover liquid chocolate into baggie-lined pockets. For un-dipped desserts, the peanut butter dream ($5.75) slathers a chocolate cookie crust in pillowy peanut ribbons, and the death by chocolate ($7.15) hints at penalties for Candy Land treason, as it enrobes spongy chocolate cake and mousse in a creamy chocolate ganache. Diners can take chewing breaks to admire hanging frosted lights that illuminate a marble bar as a pink paint ribbon bisects chocolate and cream walls.
Panini's specializes in a plenitude of made-to-order bready delights bedecked in a variety of high-quality meats, veggies, and sauces. Focaccia bread, specially made for Panini's paninis, serves as a crusty foundation for the aerodynamic Italian aliments ($6.89 each), which include bleu roast beef, chicken pesto, and mozzarella and tomato accessorized with baby greens, roasted red peppers, and pesto mayonnaise. Panini's showcases a variety of veggie-rich salads ($6.25+), and each weekday it creates a different housemade soup ($3.89). A symphony of sandwiches cradle fresh fillings between a bevy of breads, such as whole wheat, marble rye, onion poppyseed, and stretch—named for its tendency to compulsively lie about being a pita. Taste the diplomatic delicacy of the United Nations ($6.49), loaded with turkey, swiss cheese, and russian dressing, or satisfy spice cravings with the Cajun club ($6.89), a piquant bijou of mesquite chicken, pepper jack cheese, and Cajun mayo. The restaurant's polished wood-and-red-brick interior also houses a menu of beer, wine, and espresso drinks, as well as breakfast paninis, which are available until 10:30 a.m. each morning.
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.