Central New Yorkers love their food.
The community is known for its diverse, independently owned restaurants - and food indicative to the area - Syracuse's salt potatoes; Utica's tomatoe pie, long hots and Utica Greens; and Ithaca is known for its ice cream sundates.
There's Facebook group with more than 30,000 members actively engaged in swapping restaurant finds. So, if you're new to the area or want the real low-down on Central New York food, members of the Where Syracuse Eats Facebook page can guide you through its local eateries.
The goal of the page is to provide a place for reviews and commentary on meals and service at restaurants and bars in the Syracuse area. The conversations are often lively – with the occasional spirited debate.
Group members ask about what restaurants might be open on a particular holiday (or a Monday), who accommodates or has options for certain dietary or allergy restrictions, restaurants serving a particular cuisine’s dish or item (kolaczki, tamales, kimchijiggae) or even recommendations for wedding caterers.
Many share photos and tales of a great meal out; occasionally some share a negative experience.
Scrolling through the posts is an excellent way to find out about new or new-to-you spots to try. Locals ask about sit-down restaurants as well as take-out joints.
Honest, respectful reviews and photos of the food are always welcome. The group is searchable so you can check for questions that have already been asked and answered.
The next time you're hungry but don't know where to go, consult the local crowd and find out where Syracuse eats.
Photos by Jane Marmaduke Woodman, Jared Paventi, Jacob Pucci