Liehs & Steigerwald has been handcrafting sausages and meats in Syracuse since 1936, when its German-immigrant founders first began sharing their traditional recipes and culinary methods. Current owner Chuck Madonna, who began working at the shop at age 15, and co-owner Jeff Steigerwald now run an expanded operation that keeps butchery simple. Butchers custom-cut top-grade meats on request, grind chuck fresh several times a day, and craft sausages of all sorts, from traditional kielbasa to specialty cheddar and chicken-wing bratwurst.
Savory sausages reside in all-natural casings, free of additives and fillers, and acquire a smoky flavor and a husky timbre in an old-fashioned smokehouse. At-home delivery service ferries the shop’s meats directly to customers’ abodes, though some specialties, such as corned beef, take a little extra time to prepare. Profiled by the Post-Standard, the Irish-American staple takes three weeks to perfect, and Liehs & Steigerwald’s butchers carefully marinate the corned beef in brine, spices, and fresh four-leaf clovers, creating succulent slices that require no extra seasoning before cooking.
Named Syracuse's best independent pizzeria, Peppino's specializes in pizzas piled with fresh toppings and comforting Italian favorites. The menu showcases a vast variety of victuals, including pasta, calzones, wraps, and breakfast items. With carefully constructed dough as their canvas, pizza Picassos can customize crusts with sauce, cheese, meatballs, caramelized onions, and an array of other toppings tapestries ($10.50–$12.50). Pre-conceptualized specialty pies include chicken alfredo, hawaiian, eggplant parmesan, and an avant-garde white pie that challenges diners to find their own meaning in its austerity ($14.95–$18.95). This deal is valid for dine-in, takeout, delivery, or teleportation.
The chefs at The Change of Pace assemble scrumptious sandwiches and spin succulent wings in garlic sauce, earning them the 2011 Syracuse.com title of Best Specialty Wings. The eatery’s menu plays matchmaker between taste buds and tangy pulled-pork sandwiches ($5.50) or 6-ounce burgers topped with lettuce, tomato, and onions ($5.95). Diners can coat hands in edible finger paint with a dozen wings ($6.95) available in seven flavors, including hot barbecue and specialty Italian-style garlic wings. Divvy up a 16-inch garlic-vegetable pizza featuring broccoli, red onions, and mushrooms ($15.95), or rebel against a strict kindergarten curriculum of sharing by hoarding a 12-inch cheese pizza for yourself ($7.95). Fourteen TVs facilitate sports spectatorship as bartenders pour draft and bottled beers to cheering patrons.
Set in genteel Manchester Village in the Green Mountains, Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant is a charming retreat with superb views of Mount Equinox, a delightful restaurant with an excellent reputation for fine dining, stylish rooms and suites and above all, a pampering atmosphere. The rooms and suites are impeccably styled and decorated with wonderfully comfortable beds specifically designed to make you feel as relaxed and at home as possible. Every suite has a fireplace and a number have mountain views. Whether you stay here in winter or summer, there are numerous activities from a round of golf at the nearby Gleneagles course, hiking and cycling trails throughout the valley, to skiing at Bromley and Stratton Mountain. Spend a day at Manchester Designer Outlets before a well deserved nightcap in the atmospheric hotel bar. The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.
Junk King’s red trucks travel to houses around the country to clear homes of clutter while maintaining environmentally safe practices. Friendly haulers give customers a call when they're en route, then cart away anything except hazardous materials, including garden clippings, outmoded furnishings, and cursed Cadillac trunks. The refuse rangers sort through everything they take away, donating what they can to charity, recycling what they can’t, and even sweeping up when the job is done. So far, Junk King has saved 908 tons from entering landfills by striving to recycle more than 60% of what they collect. All appointments are scheduled within two-hour time frames, often with same- or next-day service.