Want to branch out from the Dining Halls but hate spending money on an Uber? Me too. Love to go out but hate putting in the effort to get fancy? Same. Here is a list of five diverse and delicious casual restaurants that are walking distance from campus for every Syracuse University freshman to try out. Whether you are a vegan, a pizza lover or anything in between, this list has something for everyone. So, next time you are looking to venture off campus without going too far, test out these must-try restaurants. 

1. Strong Hearts on the Hill

This vegan shop has something for everyone, with a menu ranging from vegan chicken wings to tofu to vegetable salads. You can get any of their options in a sandwich, wrap or salad, offering a healthy option on Marshall Street. Some of their menu favorites are the Tropical Green Smoothie, Sweet and Sassy Sandwich and the Mexican Quinoa Wrap. You can also order one of their dairy-free smoothies or milkshakes, cookies or daily soups to go with your meal.

2. Calios

Calios is a calzone restaurant with fillings like mac and cheese, chilli dog and cheesecake. Even if calzones are not really your thing, Calios has one for you. The small booths make the place feel homey and fun, perfect for a late night or a meal with a few friends. Their crazy combos take calzones to a whole new level and you can even add some fries or mozzarella sticks to go with it.

3. Acropolis Pizza House

This Greek restaurant is more than meets the eye as it's known mostly for its pizza. As a great late night go-to, Acropolis will satisfy your taste buds with subs, Gyros, pasta and slices. With a variety of pizza toppings and sauces, including their Chicken Parm, Steak Subs and Acropolis Special Pizza, this restaurant is a classic Marshall Street hangout. 

4. The Pita Pit

Pita Pit caters to all types of foodies with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free choices and plenty of meat options. While you can also design your own, some of their signature wraps include anything from falafel and hummus to buffalo chicken, making it a definite must try. Some other fan favorites include their Chicken Souvlaki, Chicken Caesar and Gyro wraps.

5. Varsity Pizza

The Varsity is the perfect game day spot, with warm slices, salads, wraps and other comfort meals. With two counters and tons of seating, it's the perfect place to grab a casual meal with friends. It's definitely the most laid-back and communal place to have a slice on Marshall Street.

#SpoonTip, try their Humdinger and Spinach Tomato Feta Pizza

As a Syracuse University Freshman, be sure to check out these spots whether you are looking for a quick bite on game day or a casual adventure off campus. Never feel limited to the dining hall again!