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.
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.
Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.