There are a lot of restaurants in Syracuse, NY, but not enough time to try them all. To save you the effort and calories, here is a list of the absolute must-haves.

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Baby got back.

2. The Stella at Stella’s Diner

Recommended at 10 AM hung-over, or 10 PM sober. It’s that good.

3. Catfish Burrito at Alto Cinco


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Fried catfish wrapped up in a hot tortilla? It’s positively purrrfect.

4. Conveyer Belt Sushi at Sakana-Ya


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Be sure to remember Half-Off Mondays and All You Can Eat Wednesdays.

5. Spicy Tomato Oil at Pastabilities


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So many have tried to recreate you and so many have failed. I’m looking at you, Wegmans.

6. The James Brownie at Funk ‘n Waffles

Brownie waffle with hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. @squid1818

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It’s a brownie. But in waffle form. Sign me the funk up.

7. A Milkshake at Strong Hearts Café

Technically it’s soymilk because Strong Hearts is super vegan. But also super delicious.

8. The Barney Rubble at Modern Malt


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Even if it’s just for the insta.

9. The Curd Burger at Beer Belly Deli and Pub

Delicious burger!!!

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This burger is topped with candied bacon, deep fried cheese curds and ranch. Sometimes unhealthy food is healthy for the soul.

10. A Scoop of Anything at Gannon’s Isle Ice Cream


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Literally any flavor is good. Close your eyes and point to one.

11. A Gyro at King David’s

Nothing better #gyro #tasteofsyracuse #kingdavids #foodporn

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The Tzatziki sauce is key.

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Technically this one is a chain restaurant, but it’s local and the tenders are terrific.

13. Corned Beef and Cabbage at Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub

It’s their house specialty… and for good reason.

14. Steak at Bistro Elephant Steakhouse

Not too shabby last meal in Cuse.. buh bye ily & I guess I'll miss you. See you in jan

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Cue mouth watering.

15. A Slice at Varsity Pizza


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Okay, it’s not the best pizza ever but it’s Varsity. You just have to try it.

16. A Brew and a Burger at Empire Brewing Company


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Turn up.

17. The Roast Duck at Lemon Grass

Roasted duck with @jennxyoo #mehehe

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It’s one of the more expensive options on the list, but Lemon Grass’s Thai food is worth every penny.

18. Cobra Roll at Bleu Monkey Café

Oh hey! It's our best seller the Cobra roll! Who's hungry? #sushi #bleumonkeycafe #cobra #sodelish #bestseller #sweetandspicy

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A Syracuse #sratstar classic, try it for yourself and see what all the hype is about.

19. Calamari Frites at 317


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These little guys will melt. In. Your. Mouth.

20. Pho at New Century

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This is some quality Vietnamese food. Pho real.

21. Bubble Tea at Unique Tea House

#thankyou #delicious #funtimes #teatime #tea #teaparty @popcosplayer

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The only boba place I know in Syracuse, and the only one I’ll ever need.

22. Brooklyn Pickle Special at The Brooklyn Pickle


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This is what dreams are made of.

23. Breakfast Sandwich at Mom’s Diner


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You can get hash browns in your breakfast sandwich. Need I say more?