3 vegan restaurants to try in Syracuse after returning to campus

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Students looking for vegan or vegan meals don’t have to limit themselves to dining halls at Syracuse University. The Daily Orange has compiled a list of restaurants in Syracuse for curious vegan and vegan students looking to try foods off campus.

Strong hearts

Joel Capolongo and Nicholas Ryan opened Strong Hearts in 2008 to make great food available to vegans, while also appealing to those who are not vegans but are curious about the lifestyle, said the CEO of Strong Hearts. , Stephanie Ford.

The restaurant is 100% vegan and specializes in comfort foods like the Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich, “chicken wings” and milkshakes named after historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Albert Einstein. While the menu tends to change seasonally, some staples include Sweet Sassy Molassy and Earth Crisis Milkshake, she said.

Strong Hearts’ all-vegan menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and milkshakes.
Courtesy of Strong Hearts

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Since the Marshall Square Mall, Strong Hearts On The Hill, closed in May, SU students no longer have quick access to the comforting vegan food on campus. But Strong Hearts’ Fayette Street location remains open, and this year the restaurant will also have a pop-up at the New York State Fair until September 6.

“It’s a wonderful way to show people that our food is absolutely delicious while being vegan,” said Ford. “The stereotype that vegans eat ‘rabbit food’ is long gone. “

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Razzle Dazzle: our vegan corner

Reverend Curtis Levy founded Razzle Dazzle: Our Vegan Corner – originally just an Italian ice cream cart – to fund his transitional housing service Last House On The Block Ministries. The all-vegan restaurant is located in downtown Syracuse at 140 Walton St., with a second location in Destiny USA that exclusively sells Italian ice cream.

Vegan spare ribs from Razzle Dazzle: our vegan corner

Razzle Dazzle: Our vegan corner in downtown Syracuse prepares these 100% vegan ribs and other meatless soul food specialties.
Courtesy of Razzle Dazzle: our vegan corner

The restaurant’s food truck runs seven days a week in Onondaga Lake Park, and it will be at the New York State Fair. Even after the restaurant’s success, Levy continues to run his housing business, which helps those struggling with homelessness, addiction and mental health issues.

Razzle Dazzle: Our vegan corner specializes in southern soul dishes like collard greens and macaroni and cheese, as well as Mexican dishes like tacos and nachos. Popular menu items include baby back ribs and fried chicken with oyster mushrooms, Levy said. The restaurant also serves vegan soft ice cream, Italian ice cream and gelati of different flavors.

“We make soul food, so if you like it bland, that’s definitely not where we’re at,” Levy said. “We want to make your mouth water.”

Mediterranean cafe from Byblos

Byblos Mediterranean Cafe on 223 N Clinton St. is not entirely vegan, but the restaurant offers Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, featuring a wide range of vegan options.

Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured the coffee in one episode and Fieri enjoyed the falafel sandwich. Byblos offers fresh daily specials without processed ingredients, said Violette Khabbaz, co-owner of Byblos Mediterranean Cafe.

Baba ghanouj, vegetarian kebabs and hummus are some of the vegan menu options available. But, one of the most popular dishes on the menu is vegan – mujadara, a lentil dish mixed with rice and garnished with onions and spices.

“If they have a choice, they have to try it because they don’t know what they are missing,” Khabbaz said. “Byblos offers a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. It’s not just vegan, but it’s very healthy.

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