Indpls. Hound Visiting Syracuse end of July
Syracuse Hounds, I need your help. My 17 year old son and I will be visiting Syracuse for a college tour at the end of July and need rec for evening nice meal. We're both adventurous but not necessarily looking for highest end joint in town -- just good food (ethnic or otherwise) reflective of Syracuse. Please advise! Thanks.
My favorite place in Syracuse is Lemon Grass/238 Bistro. These are different rooms that share the same kitchen. The Lemon Grass side is Thai-Pacific Rim (sushi, coconut shrimp; goong makham) and the 238 side is more toward steaks, chops, etc. This restaurant is high end, but at least you get a good value for your buck. Probably the best desserts in town. I also like BC and L'Adour, but they are also high end.
For a fun place and good barbeque, Dinosaur would be a much less expensive alternative. It's sort of a mixed crowd of office types and bikers, but everybody gets along and has a good time. If you go late they usually have some kind of blues band playing.
If you like steak, don't get it in Syracuse. I regularly buy better steaks at the local Price Chopper market than I have ever gotten at either Scotch and Sirloin or Saratoga Steaks. Aunt Josie's is OK for basic red sauce Italian, but nothing to write home about.