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Mobile Food Week Review: Hungry’s (Pittsford, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 4

If you own a restaurant that stays open late on weekends and is located next to a pub named Thirsty’s, could you pick a better name?  Hungry’s is a recent addition to the Rochester food landscape (2007) but it quickly became a viable one.  The  tiny shed  sits next to the pub on Pittsford’s main drag and it’s easy to miss because of its size. The setup is perfect for what the place specializes in however, mobilized bar food. Continue reading

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Songs of the World Cup Critique: Kelly’s Dockside Cafe (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 4

“Kelly’s Dockside Cafe” to the tune of “God Bless America

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Diner Critique: New York Style Diner (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 2

Trying to find out what defines a true “New York style” diner is hard. The Wikipedia entry for “Diner” seems to imply an NY Diner would be one that’s oriented toward Greek cuisine.  Syracuse’s own New York Style Diner might offer a gyro every now and then but it’s certainly not their menu focus. My first experience there did uncover two very New York characteristics for the place: a busy crowd and higher prices than their Syracuse counterparts.

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Diner Critique: Ruston’s Diner (Jamesville, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

DirectionsWeb siteOverall Rating: 5

Forgive me while I’ll weave an extended NCAA Basketball analogy.

March is a time for underdogs and upsets  in basketball and life. Every field has its share of Kentucky’s and Duke’s. Those are the names first off everyone’s lips in the CNY Diner Scene – Stella’s, Doc’s maybe The Eggplant. Each year however the NCAA Tournament brings to light lesser known sides that have all the characteristics of the major programs, they just lack the exposure (CNY’s own Cornell this year for instance). Today I found CNY’s mid-major diner that deserves major program status. Meet Ruston’s Diner. Continue reading

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Cuse culinary enemies, grocery bagging, help for Doc’s and help finding CNY diner experts.

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  • With the NCAA tournament on the horizon this week, it’s important to remember the Orange’s culinary adversaries – Diet Coke and Chipotle.

SyracuseDiners.com is going to be a multimedia project bringing you a look at the Onondaga County diner scene like you’ve never seen before. The main project will focus on 14 local favorites and then upwards of 70 diners will be included in the site’s database. These diners will also serve as potential topics of interest for the site’s official blog (that yours truly has been asked to contribute to). If you are involved directly in the ‘Cuse diner scene, know someone who is or can speak to the scene to provide perspective, please e-mail me if you’d be interested in somehow getting involved.

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The Anonymous Legend of The CNY Diner Scene

Food Essay Written by Nathan Mattise

You’d think “Syracuse diner enthusiasts” would be a small enough niche community. You can find all of the major players within two-minutes of a Google search, right?

I thought the same thing until last week. I was meeting with a group of colleagues because we’re embarking on a TBA comprehensive project on area diners. In walked an elderly man dressed in a collared shirt and a sweater. After he spoke to us for nearly a half hour, he walked out of the room as the most knowledgeable authority on diners in CNY.

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The 2009 Best Of Menu

Food Essay | Written by Nathan Mattise

This was the first year of Diners Without Frosted Tips, so like every other blog on the ‘net, it’s time to commemorate things with our year-end list.

Diner food is (and hopefully always will be) the central focus of this site  and our first year-end list is no exception.  Presenting the best of what we’ve eaten in 2009.

The only rules:

A) The meal has to be eaten at a diner/breakfast place.

B)  This list is acknowledged as limited and subjective due to a regional limitation on the diners/meals I’ve been able to experience and the subjective criteria through which the “value” of a meal is judged.

C)  The meal has to have been eaten in 2009 but the review/article does not necessarily need to have been written/published yet (thus ensuring this is a true best of list since I’m not totally caught up on my reviews/essays).

Without any further delay, the Diners Without Frosted Tips’ 2009 Best Of Menu… Continue reading

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