Category Archives: Coffee

321. Julie’s Diner

Sunday. Brunch.

Yes, please!

I recently saw Julie’s Diner out in North Syracuse and knew that it was somewhere I needed to try.


This is definitely one of those places that you’ve got to try on a sunday morning with friends and family.

It’s quaint and has a lot of options on the menu.

Tip: Check out their facebook page for more information

Location: 3800 Brewerton Road North Syracuse

301. Cafe Kubal

The support local initiative is really gaining speed.  A lot of people are boycotting the traditional Starbucks and going to local places like Freedom of Espresso, Recess, Kind Coffee or Cafe Kubal. …are we hooked on caffeine here??

Cafe Kubal is located in a few spots around the city. Have you seen the stand at the airport?!


They’ve got variety on variety on variety. Serving tons of drinks and tasty treats!

My favorite thing to get at Cafe Kubal is the mystic mint tea. It is delicious!

Now that we’ve basically deemed it winter already, stop over to Cafe Kubal to warm up!

Tip: The hot chocolate is DELICIOUS

locations: Eastwood  Downtown   SU Campus

259. Strong Hearts Cafe

This suggestion comes by way of a reader, who sent me the nicest email giving praise and thanks for 365 Things Syracuse. It was so incredibly comforting to know that I’ve got some really awesome followers to my blog!

Strong Hearts Cafe is awesome.


Hands down, there’s no other way to describe this place.

The ambiance is awesome, the food is awesome, the choices are awesome, it’s just plain awesome.

And did I mention it’s completely vegan? Yep, that’s right! Here in our small city we’ve got a fully vegan cafe, and it serves food to die for!

The about page on their website says it all, No plastic products, no styrofoam, no meat, no dairy, and all comes from local sources. Thats the true definition of local food, and that’s what I love about it so much!

Their menu also has some really awesome treats on it, like ….pizza! A Vegan pizza! I’d love to try one of those! I tried the Tofu Scramble for breakfast and you would have never known the difference. Whether you’ve never tried vegan food or you have, this place is seriously somewhere to check out! They’re open late, mostly between midnight & 1am during the week. This makes it a perfect place to study or read a book well into the evening.

Tip: Follow them on facebook for specials and awesome up to the minute events!

location: 719 E Genesee Street

252. Roji Tea Lounge

Did you know there’s a tea lounge in Syracuse?

I seriously learn something new about this city each and every day.


The Roji tea lounge combines the east and the west with this laid back comfortable lounge. It’s great for getting out of the hustle and bustle of everyday craziness and relaxing with an exotic drink and small plate.

It’s located right downtown too, so if you’re looking for a real city feel, this is the place to go!

They even have events throughout the week like live music, art, etc.. It’s great!

Tip: Check out their facebook page for more information on events and specials!

location: 108 E Washington Street

188. Marcellus Open Air Market

The Marcellus Open Air Market, or creatively referred to as MOAM is a small farmers market every Thursday in June-August at Marcellus Park from 3:30-7:30pm.


This is one of those awesome little gems. If you can’t make it to the Regional Market on the weekend, or the Downtown Farmers Market on Tuesday, why not head to the MOAM on Thursday? It’s got everything you need.

They have vendors that sell fruits & veggies, meats, wines and cheeses, and so much more! They’ve also got some live music too, because what is a Syracuse summer w/o live music everywhere, right?! This is a really great family treat, and I highly recommend it.

Tip: They’re constantly adding new vendors, follow them on facebook for more information!

location: 2443 Platt Road, Marcellus NY

187. Recess Mobile

mobile eats weekRemember when I told you that the best coffee in town can be found at Recess?

Well…now it can be found at a mobile Recess.

recess mobile

How awesome, a mobile coffee truck for those on the go. It’s quite brilliant if you ask me!

The greatest thing about a mobile coffee truck is that it is so accommodating. If it’s hot, they’re serving the coldest cold brew coffee you’ve ever tasted (and also the best most life changing as well). If it’s cold, they’re serving the hottest most enjoyable cup of joe around.

They’re all over the place, so make sure to follow their social media for some locations!

Tip: Follow recess on facebook & twitter to learn about their locations and event’s they’ll be at!

174. Mother’s Cupboard

When it comes to the small ‘mom & pop’ diners, I feel like we’ve got the best selection. My friends who have never been to Syracuse are always asking about all these diners. “What do you mean you guys eat at diners?? I thought that was just in the movies.” No, no…this is real life.

Mothers Cupboard comes in on our list of brunches towards the top. Although I feel like they’re all basically tied for the top spots. But, this spot is unique. It is so small, so definitively hometown and so creatively Syracuse. So much so that they were on an episode of Man vs. Food


It’s small. There’s only about 3 seats, but that helps enhance the dining experience. You will not be disappointed by the meal, they’re all about the food at Mothers.

If its one of those mornings where you need a hot cup of coffee, some eggs and hash browns or if you wanted one of the best pancakes you’ve ever had…check out mothers cupboard. Hours are 6:30am-1:30pm daily…they’re strictly breakfast & lunch.

Tip: this place gets packed, especially on the weekends. Go early before the wait gets too long!

Location: 3709 James Street

132. Canal Walk Cafe

It’s another Sunday, another opportunity to get a delicious brunch.


Canal Walk Cafe is one of my favorite little hidden treasures. If you’re in the mood for a drive, it’s located on the Seneca River right in the heart of Baldwinsville. Across from the Locke, the Island, all the good stuff. My friends and I love going to Canal Walk when the weather is nice, it’s full of locals and regulars. The tables are not traditional diner style, they’re all different sizes shapes and colors. The mugs are all mismatched, the plates, the seat you’ll be sitting in. I love it. I love that style, it makes dining out feel like less of a revolving door business and more like a homemade experience.

When the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cup of coffee with your friends. Inside,there are pictures all over the walls, the decor makes you feel like you’re right at home.

Dining at Canal Walk reminds me of enjoying a meal at a friend’s house. They give you homemade coffee, the staff is friendly, the food is mouthwatering goodness. Options like Baked French Toast or Appleoat Pancakes…uh, yum! I strongly suggest if you’re planning on taking a little drive, to check it out. It’s open from 7am-1pm on the weekends and from 7-2pm throughout the week.

Their menu is simple, it’s not full of 1000 choices, it’s got the staples and they’ve got their specials. This is definitely one of my favorite places to frequent, especially during the summer months.

Tip: Like them on facebook to learn more about specials and offerings!

location: 23 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville NY


111. Lofo Brunch

I recently learned of some really cool things happening in and around syracuse. There’s so much going on, and it’s so exciting. I keep telling all of my friends that its on the upswing, syracuse is the place to be.



Last year at this time I was frequenting Om Boys, but that has since closed and in its space is a quaint & really awesome new restaurant called Lofo.

Lofo could be considered a combination of a few words, “local food” or “love food,” but no matter what you say, the food is great and it does not disappoint.

Lofo Brunch is unique in the fact that it is one of the only places in Armory Square that does brunch on the weekends. Their menu on Sunday is strictly brunch food from open to close, 11-3pm.

Inside, it’s cozy with mismatching chairs, couches, dark walls, and awesome local artwork. Their menu has tons of options, from pancakes to waffles to green smoothies. Lofo Brunch is worth checking out. They even use as much local foods as they can in the Support Local initiative.

Tip: check out their Facebook page for info on specials for Brunchm!

97. Nesticos Too

This weekend has been a whirlwind, and one of my favorite things to do to settle into the work week is to grab brunch. Obviously.

Nesticos Too is the perfect spot to gather with friends after a long weekend of fun. It’s got a great (and diverse) menu with everything from Stuffed French Toast to my favorite eggs and toast.  You can make omelete’s to satisfy your every need and accompany it with a hot steaming cup of fresh java. Their menu literally has everything.

Sunday morning’s it is always busy, with the after church crowd, the hungover crowd, the family crowd…you name it. If you have the patience, I suggest you wait for a table, it will be so worth it. They have literally won contests for the best breakfast in town.


Tip: Follow them on facebook to learn more about weekend specials!

location: 4105 West Genesee Street

hours: Sunday 7am – 3pm
Monday 6:30-3pm
Tue – Sat 6:30 -8pm