Salt City Eats: Lunch at Woody's Pub N Grub

Woody’s Pub N Grub is an awesome place to grab a bite for lunch or a fun place to hang out and listen to some live music!

We went in for lunch this time and were met with quick service and great food. Pictured below you’ll see the spicy Buffalo Chicken Wrap with a crisp and fresh side salad, the Turkey Club, and my personal favorite, the Snakebite Burger. This hefty burger topped with hot cherry peppers, chipotle mayo, and salsa was the perfect size and had just the right amount of heat to get your taste buds moving! And of course we paired it with a cold Bud Light.

One thing we couldn’t check out because of the day’s weather was the large deck with casual Corn hole… definitely taking advantage next time….Check out Woody’s Pub N Grub for lunch, drinks, and live music for a great, relaxing time!

Salt City Eats: Lunch at PressRoom Pub

PressRoom Pub - the perfect spot for local food and local drinks.

Lunchtime on a cold, wintry, and post-snowstorm day in February was met with a relaxed atmosphere and great food in the PressRoom Pub. This pub has lots of open space, giant tv's, sports memorabilia, and bar games like darts!

We started with the “Pop Goes The Weasel” jalapeno poppers stuffed with cheese and a ranch dip on the side. Followed by our main courses - the “Kevin Bacon Salad” with Jalapeno bacon, mushrooms, tomato, onions, cucumbers, and mozzarella cheese and the “Pablo” Burger - a 9oz patty topped with cappicola, roasted poblano peppers, smoked gouda cheese, pickles, onion, tomato, and lettuce. The completely stacked burger was the size of a fully grown person's head! And the salad had the perfect mix of ingredients to please both a veggie and a bacon lover.

Last but not least we finished with a to-go order of the “Pillsbury Dough Boys” - fried dough balls rolled in cinnamon and sugar with maple syrup and maple dip on the side.

If you haven't been to PressRoom Pub yet make sure to check it out for lunch, dinner, or just hanging out and watching the SU game!

Salt City Eats: Lunch at Sugar Magnolia Bistro

Sugar Magnolia.  The Grateful Dead song?  Nope! 

Sugar Magnolia Bistro - the brand new lunch & dinner spot nestled in Armory Square is almost a hidden secret.  But this place is BURSTING with flavor!  If you like a southern-inspired menu with a little bit of heat, this will be your new favorite spot.  Everything on the menu is fresh, unique, and not what you would expect from a small lunch/dinner spot.  We weren't shy to expand our horizons on some classic lunch items with a Sugar Magnolia Bistro twist!

The Magnolia Burger - a 4oz grilled beef patty topped with mixed greens, tomato, onion and pimento cheese on a brioche bun.  Side of Country Potato Salad.

Catfish Taco - fried catfish strips, yes we said catfish, topped with Napa cabbage and Alabama White BBQ sauce on a flour tortilla. Side of Mixed Greens Salad.

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich - slow cooked pork butt shredded and tossed in Carolina Gold BBQ sauce topped with Napa cabbage on a pretzel bun.  Side of Fresh Potato Chips. 

Yum!  Each dish had it's own unique dash of heat and flavor.  If you need a lunch that is different and delicious, Sugar Magnolia Bistro is the place to go!

Salt City Eats: Lunch at Toss 'n' Fire Pizza

We've been to many pizza places before... but this is the first time we tried out some classic wood fired pizza!  We decided to dine in at Toss 'n' Fire's new dining room at 315 N Main St, North Syracuse, NY 13212.  Our mission was to try one slice of almost every kind of specialty pizza they had, and we succeeded!

We tried eight different specialty pizzas: The famous 'Cuse Salt Potato, 3 little pigs, Caprese, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Four the Love of Cheese, Margherita, Buffalo Chicken, and Meatza.  All were baked perfectly (and quickly) in their imported ovens straight form Italy!  Meat and cheese along with lots of spices and unique ingredients really made the taste of each individual pizza stand out.  It's hard to pick a favorite type of pizza because each was so good!

If for some weird reason you're not in the mood for pizza they have other option as well.  There are plenty of choices of appetizers, salads, and calzones to choose from.  Plus you can get your drink on!  They serve New York State craft beers, wine and bottled beers. 

Toss 'n' Fire is an awesome and unique spot to go for lunch or dinner!  Another great restaurant to add to you CNY foodie list!

Salt City Eats: Lunch from Mike's Pizzeria in Skaneateles

LUNCH PIZZA PARTY!

This week we decided on an office lunch pizza party from Mike's Pizzeria in Skaneateles!  Along with our basic cheese pizza, we went a little out of the box and tried out some of Mike's specialty pizzas: Cup N' Char and Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Finger. 

Cup N' Char was an old fashioned pizza made with fresh dough, red sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and authentic "Cup and Char Pepperoni!".  If you like pepperoni but are tired of the same old pepperoni that every other pizza shop has, try this one out!  The Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Finger is just as good as it sounds.  If you're a fan of huge pieces of chicken and blue cheese as your pizza toppings, get three of these next time you order.

And don't forget the salad!  We ordered the Big Garden Salad with homemade croutons and they even threw in a Garlic knot!  Even if you're not in Skaneateles, the drive is definitely worth it!  Give Mike's Pizzeria at try and you will not be disappointed.

Salt City Eats: Brick House Billiards

Three words: Food and Billiards!

If you like eating some good food and shooting some pool in a comfortable bar setting surrounded by people who share your passion for billiards, Brick House Billiards is going to be your new favorite hangout spot!  When you take that first step inside you'll be stunned by how many tables are available.  Plus, there's plenty of bar space to get your drinks and food quick and easy!  I ordered some of the Brick House Wings (medium sauce) with Bleu Cheese along with a Buffalo Bleu Chicken sandwich with a side of mac salad.  The wings couldn't have hit the spot more than they did!  If there ever was a spot that needed to be hit, these wings hit it.  And the Chicken sandwich was just straight up SOLID (in a way where it was all-around delicious).  Just all around good, solid food!

In short: the food was great, staff was super friendly and attentive, and it's definitely a place to check out for some friendly competition!  Once you take that first step in the door you will realize you'll never get into another bar fight over who's turn it is to shoot at the only pool table in the bar ever again!

Salt City Eats: Lunch at Grimaldi's

Picture a family owned restaurant that has been around for generations, a restaurant where you can go in, sit down, and be treated like you've been part of that family the whole time.  You're picturing Grimaldi's.

The service at Grimaldi's was attentive and all-around excellent!  They were nice, funny, and extremely attentive.  My water glass was never empty and the food came with perfect timing.  We started with a side salad with crumbly bleu cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.  For an appetizer, we couldn't refuse to try out the Calamari Grimaldi with lightly fried with tomatoes, olives hot cherry peppers in a light butter sauce.  Our entrees were both safe and surprising at the same time.  Where else can you get a Ceaser Salad with shrimp, haddock, and SWORDFISH?  Plus the Penne Bolognese was hearty and spicy!  To finish it off we chose a desert with some heat.. and we're talking spicy heat!  Chocolate Aztec Cake infused with cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Plus a little hot pepper on top with some pepper seed sprinkles.  Surprisingly delicious and surprisingly hot!  Definitely check out Grimaldi's if you haven't already!

Salt City Eats: Dinner at Salt City Grille

This week we had dinner at Salt City Grille!  If you're looking for a place to hide away form the blustery winter weather, look no further than Salt City Grille.  Right when you step inside there's a cozy fireplace that warms you up while you wait for your seats or while you wait for your drinks at the bar.  The environment inside felt safe and homey, it had a kind of feeling to it like you're coming home after a long trek in the snow!

We started with their one-of-a-kind honey bread and stretch bread with oil.  If you ever go to Salt City Grille... this is the food item you NEED to try.  This is the only restaurant you can get this kind of bread.  Next was my personal favorite dish of the night, the crab cakes.  I'm not the biggest fan of seafood myself but these were definitely the best crab cakes I have ever had.  Next was the main course: Steak Sandwich & fries with a House Salad with Italian Dressing for me, Parmesan Risotto & Sausage Rigatoni for my guests.  All excellently prepared with their own unique tastes!  But then came the deserts... Chocolate Ganache Cake & Raspberry Creme Brulee.  WOW did these hit the spot.  Just take a look for yourself... 

If Salt City Grille isn't on your list for restaurants to try, you're list is incomplete.

Salt City Eats: Lunch at 1060 Restaurant

This week we checked out 1060 Restaurant! Located at the historic Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 Restaurant is an awesome spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!  I decided on lunch and when I asked the waiter what THE THING to get was, he answered the French Onion Soup.  He even called it "The best in town"... and he definitely wasn't wrong!  I can still taste the lingering flavor of the onions, cheese, and scallion all mixed together in the perfect lunch starter!  I followed the soup with the Quiche of the day and a Caesar Salad.  I don't have quiche too often, but I have to say that this was some of the best quiche I've had in a long time!  Tomato, spinach, and ham were the stars of this dish, and the Caesar Salad even came with a parmigiana crisp!  If you're looking for high-class lunch to enjoy make sure to check out 1060 Restaurant!

Salt City Eats: Lunch at Sal's Pizza & Restaurant

Sal's Restaurant is the definition of a modern take on old Italy.  Sal's has both a take-out area and a dine-in restaurant, but we decided to go to investigate the restaurant to find out more about the sit-down half of Sal's Pizzeria. We went all out for this week's Salt City Eats Deal.  For an appetizer we ordered the house-made Arancini, which were big balls of rice about the size of a normal fist, and house-made breads ticks.  The chicken teriyaki soup came with the meal, which was both spicy and filling!  For our main dishes we had Sal's famous Chicken Riggies (the spicy version) and a traditional Chicken Ceaser Salad, piled high!  And last but not least we tried out the Fried Nutella Balls!   Holy Moly were these delicious!   Sal's is a great go-to place for both dine-in and takeout!