Syracuse University’s studious scholars—and Kent’s beloved party people—are definitely fans of late-night food delivery. According to a new study released by GrubHub, SU students order more late-night food than any other college in the nation. The Huffington Post also reported that one in four orders placed by SU students occur between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Let’s be real—most dining halls close before 9 p.m., except for Kimmel, Goldstein, and the rare Burger King or Freshens in select freshman dorms, limiting food options during our busiest study hours. With finals in session, ain’t nobody got time to cook, and with inches of snow piling up outside our homes, ain’t nobody got time to go outside. Forget calories, forget the “diet,” and forget the bills: you need grub and you need it now. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the top five late-night eats that are greasy, cheesy, and sugary.
—Teresa Sabga, co-editor-in-chief of Baked Magazine. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Instagram @teresamarias.
1. BEER BELLY DELI & PUB
Hidden on Westcott is a gastropub famous for its comfort food: Beer Belly. Fast and affordable delivery makes it a golden gem. The eggplant buffalo wings are nuggets of tender eggplants, fried for a pleasant crunch and tossed in a creamy buffalo bleu cheese sauce—are you drooling yet? The Pig & Egg (deli ham fried egg, candied bacon, gouda, and citrus aioli on an onion bun), Avocado Ranch (roasted red pepper, NY sharp cheddar, and avocado ranch on white bread), and Philly Chezstek (NY sharp, PBR cheese, and Sriracha on a hoagie) are delicious and boozy updates on your average bar food classics. Too bad they don’t deliver beer—yet!
510 Westcott Street, Syracuse; (315) 299-7533.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.
2. INSOMNIA COOKIES
A cookie delivery service can be dangerous—for the size of your ass. But, there really is only one way to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings in the wee hours of the morning: Insomnia. Not only does it deliver warm, freshly baked cookies to your door, it has milk and ice cream options too—including flurries and milkshakes. If you’re studying in large groups, keep it affordable by splitting a cookie cake or a deal of 12, 18, or 24 cookies for a discounted price—sweet idea, right?!
137 Marshall Street, Syracuse; (877) 632-6654.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week.
3. WINGS OVER SYRACUSE
Wings? Tenders? Ribs? Carnivores unite! Wings Over Syracuse is no place for dining—all food is either delivered or available for takeout, making it the perfect joint for meat-loving college crowds. Sauces are undoubtedly the best part of ordering at Wings Over: customers can choose from buffalo, BBQ, teriyaki, garlic, honey mustard, and oriental sesame flavors. If you’re smart, you’ll mix them. Ask for honey BBQ—I promise, you won’t regret it.
315 Nottingham Road, Syracuse; (315) 445-9464.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 1 a.m.
4. ALTO CINCO
Roughly meaning “high five,” Alto Cinco and its homey Mexican cooking are buenisimo. To be frank, it’s not what you’d find at a roadside taqueria—the restaurant serves Mex-influenced cuisine with an earthy, organic, vegetarian twist. A personal favorite: the jalapeño cornbread, which usually accompanies a platter or burrito. The catfish burrito, wrapped up with chipotle mayo, cheese, cabbage, rice, salsa, and red onion, and bathed in fresh lime, is to die for. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Trust us, you’ll be so busy stuffing your face that you’ll finish your meal in complete silence.
526 Westcott Street, Syracuse; (315) 422-6399.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.
Warning: known for inducing the dreaded freshman fifteen (yes, upperclassmen, this still includes you), this mother of all late-night deliveries will take orders up until 4 a.m. Yes, you heard us—4 a.m.! From Mac & Cheese to Chicken Cordon, Cookies and Cream to Cherry Pie, and Shepard’s Pie to Reuben, the possibilities are endless. With every variation, however, you’re guaranteed a perfect crunch with very little grease, a cheesy center and tomato sauce.
227 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse; (315) 422-9664.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.