No real story here. This is a standby side for our holidays and a rather typical salad for an Italian Christmas or New Years Eve. It made its return as the seafood accompaniment to the meat-wrapped meat entree I prepared.
Squid was a staple food when I was growing up. Our eve holidays (Christmas and New Years) always featured one or two different squid dishes. One was almost always tossed with marinara sauce. We would likely stuffed squid if the holiday was at my Aunt Carolyn’s house. Tubes would be cut and rolled with a breadcrumb, herb and cheese mixture, and baked in tomato sauce.
You’re welcomed by a sign with that statement when crossing the threshold at Riley’s. The restaurant perched on the corner of Park Street and Whitwell Drive on the north side has a cult following in Syracuse, thanks to an eclectic menu, cozy feel (including a very dark dining room, which explains the grainy iPhone pictures) and first-rate food.
Riley’s is one in a long line of Syracuse-area tavern-and-grill outlets. Jake Hafner’s in North Syracuse, Hullar’s in Fayetteville, The Retreat in Liverpool…all of them promise and deliver on quality food and cold beer and each brings something unique to the table. For Riley’s, it’s a changing daily menu that goes beyond simple burgers burgers and steaks. Continue reading Riley’s, Syracuse, N.Y.→