I have to say that I am often impressed as to the level of restaurants available in Syracuse - a NYC friend of mine once said that Syracuse had NYC-quality restaurants at a third of the price.
I am a foodie, and love to try new, great things. I don't want cheap, I don't want large portions, and I want local (so no chains). It doesn't have to be fancy - I want to taste something that is amazing.
So what are the top 1-3 places in Syracuse that you would recommend to a foodie like this, and why - what would you recommend eating there? I can offer up my contributions.
Laci's - a Tapas bar. They have so many amazing dishes there that it's hard to pick just one. I particularly like their Spanish Sliders.
Black Olive - I haven't been to their new location yet, but I think that their greek food is some of the most authentic I have had in the USA. I loved the food on my one and only trip to Greece and had struggled to find something similar.
Bistro Elephant/Lemongrass - Euro-Asian fusion in two adjoined resturants. I particularly like the Berkshire Pork that they have - a whole new pork experience.
Dinosaur BBQ is also an obvious choice to me - I have taken folks there from the southern states who said it was some of the best BBQ they had ever had, and that's saying something!
So what are your recommendations for someone that is coming to Syracuse and wants to taste something special like this?