Don Cazentre, beer guru, food and drink writer for The Post-Standard and all around good egg, ran a list of Central New York’s top restaurants on Syracuse.com Tuesday that was based on TripAdvisor.com’s ratings.
It got me thinking about our local restaurant scene. I think about national chains that do well here because there are no rock solid alternatives. For instance, I think P.F. Chang’s will sustain because there hasn’t been a high-end Chinese option since Hunan Garden and Frankie’s (remember Frankie’s in North Syracuse? Anyone? Anyone?). The Olive Garden is garbage and that’s amplified by the plethora of good, local Italian restaurants.
So, put money aside and forget about the two-hour wait for a table. If I were to develop a permanent rotation of the area’s 10 best restaurants that I would go to exclusively, it would look like (in no particular order):
- bc restaurant, Syracuse [website]. It’s become hit or miss since it’s heyday, but like the University of Texas, their bad days are better than a lot of other places’ good days.
- Asti Caffe, Syracuse [website]
- King David’s, Syracuse & Fayetteville [website]
- Pastabilities, Syracuse [website]. Great for lunch. Good for dinner.
- Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Syracuse [website]. Best sushi in the area.
- Moro’s Table, Auburn [website]
- Circa, Cazenovia [website]
- Danzer’s, Syracuse [website]
- Dinosaur Barbque, Syracuse[website]. It seems trite to include this, but when they are on their game, it’s rock solid.
- The Mission, Syracuse [website]