The top restaurant and sandwich shop, followed by the best fishmonger, brewery, creamery, bakeries, coffee roasters, specialty markets, wine shops, grocery stores, and liquor stores.
1. Lemon Grass
Paul M: Lemon Grass consistently serves the best food in town. They source extraordinary ingredients – and though they don't make a big fuss about it – many local ingredients.
Paul M: The best sandwiches in Central New York.
3. Middle Ages Brewing Company
Dan Campis: Start tasting from beer one and go right down the list. They order them from most mild to most hoppy. Once your done tasting, definitely grab a growler.
4. Fins & Tails
5. Central NY Regional Market
Jill H-W: A place where you can buy local produce, eggs, meat, pasta, soap and more! Not all vendors are selling local stuff, so ask and/or be aware of what is in season.
6. Downtown Syracuse Farmers' Market
7. Columbus Bakery And Deli
Todd Engel: Best fresh hot Italian bread.
8. Pasta's Daily Bread
emma tangoren: pasta's sells bread and the famous hot tomato oil sauce served at pastabilities. get there early, bread can sell out by the evening.
9. Nino's Italian Bakery
Paul M: Try the cannoli, which are filled to order and put to shame the ones from Biscotti's.
10. Gannon's Isle
David Lankes: Best ice cream in town.
11. Lune Chocolat
Paul M: A foodie's chocolatier. Many inventive items made from local ingredients, and nothing too sweet or too salty.
12. Lombardi's Imports
13. Samir's Imported Foods
Paul M: Great prices on bulk olives and cheese.
14. Syracuse Real Food Co-Op
Paul M: Member-owners get 10% off, once a month, on a day of their choosing. Discount applies to beer, too!
15. Han's Oriental Grocery
Paul M: Take home some kimchee
16. Kashmir International Market
Paul M: Get a samosa to take home!
17. Smith Restaurant Supply
Sunny: Some items priced a little higher than other retail stores, BUT lots of specialty items here & high quality!
18. Kind Coffee Company
jon propper: By far the Best coffee in syracuse. Roasted the day you drink. Both brewed and beans available
19. Café Kubal
Paul M: Enjoy a (for-here) pour-over, which is drip coffee brewed to order. Takes just a couple minutes, and absolutely delicious.
20. Café Kubal
Bill: Remodeled for more room & seating. Friendly baristas, outstanding coffee. Local business. Get there.
21. Green Hills Farms
Paul M: One of Syracuse's only independent grocers, Green Hills also carries a surprising number of hard-to-find and high-end products.
22. Decker's Wine & Spirits
Paul M: Owner's recommendations are consistent and helpful.
Paul M: Frequent free tastings, right in the store.
24. Harbor View Liquors
Paul M: Good prices, and a great place to look for hard-to-find items.
25. Liquor City
Paul M: Best prices in town for a wide selection of top shelf booze. Big whiskey selection.
Paul M: A good place for herbal medicine, sport nutrition, and some hard-to-find bulk items.
Christopher Beaudet: Best place in the area to purchase just about anything. You name it, they have it, more likely than not. Great customer service, high quality store brand products, bakery fresh foods to die for!
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