Where To Eat Syracuse’s Best Comfort Food

Here’s a quick anecdote: Last Friday night, as I was snuggled under a blanket, I looked out my window and was startled when I realized that I was looking at snowflakes—yes, snowflakes. (Editor’s note: This post was written before the actual influx of snow we experienced this weekend). The initial shock of those first few snowflakes may cause some fear, but with chilly weather comes great things, like nice, warm, delicious comfort food (think Thanksgiving). Yes, the season of comfort food is upon us—here are three Syracuse restaurants where you can get your fix.

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Filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and port wine syrup at Phoebe’s on East Genesee Street

Phoebe’s Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

This spot may be a bit pricey for the college student budget, but if you’re feeling like you have some extra jingle in your pocket, Phoebe’s is a must for comfort food. Anything on the menu is delicious, but if you go traditional, order the roasted bone-in chicken with sweet potato purée, sautéed greens, and an orange bourbon glaze. If you want some red meat with your comfort, order the filet mignon that comes with melt-in-your-mouth garlic mashed potatoes. What else to order at Phoebe’s? Anything with risotto.

If you go:

900 East Genesee Street; (315) 475-5145

Type of food: Traditional; American

Hours: Monday, 11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.—10 p.m.

Sit-down, take-out, or both: Sit-down

Alcohol: Yes

Dining room of Eva’s European Sweets on Milton Avenue

Eva’s European Sweets

This authentic restaurant is the place to go in Syracuse for Eastern European delicacies. With its cute and homey décor, Eva’s screams cozy when you walk through the door. Do you always think of Mom’s mashed potatoes and turkey when you think of comfort food? Well, you’ll change your mind when you taste Eva’s Polish specialties. Stop in on a cold day, sit down, and order everything on the menu (just kidding). One of the best menu items is the pierogies, a Polish standby served in many varieties like mushroom, meat, and cheese. For an even heartier dish, order the kielbasa, or Polish sausage. The placki are also delicous—potato pancakes that Eva’s serves up three different ways: with applesauce or sour cream, with sauerkraut and bacon, or topped with a meat sauce, Hungarian-style. And don’t even get me started with Eva’s dessert. The place is called Eva’s European Sweets, after all.

If you go:

1305 Milton Avenue; (315) 482-2722

Type of food: Eastern European; Polish

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.—8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.—9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.—9 p.m.

Sit-down, take-out, or both: Both

Alcohol: Yes

Morgan’s Family Restaurant

Morgan’s is as local as it gets. Tucked away in Syracuse’s Westvale neighborhood, near Tipperary Hill, this cozy restaurant is home to patrons of all ages. Morgan’s is the go-to stop for my family when we visit my grandma in Westvale, so from personal experience, I can tell you that this place is most definitely a family favorite! It serves up comfort food of all kinds: hot and cold sandwiches, seafood selections, chicken dishes, and great soups. Looking for a classic sandwich? Order the open-faced Reuben, which Morgan’s makes traditionally and deliciously! Make sure you check out the daily specials, and don’t leave without trying Morgan’s dessert, made in the manner of your favorite homemade sweets. Choose to sit in the dining room or tavern—you can’t go wrong either way.

If you go:

329 Fay Road; (315) 468-2113

Type of food: Traditional; Home favorites

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.—9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.—8 p.m.

Sit-down, take-out, or both: Sit-down

Alcohol: Yes

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