Dining on a Budget

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September 29, 2016

Photo Courtesy of EmpireBrew.com.

Being a college student on a budget is hard work. From groceries to gas and everything in between, it can be difficult to have any money left for fun. Luckily, there are many restaurants in Syracuse that fit the bill for a fun and affordable night out:

Empire Brewing Company: This bar and grill features a brewery on site to add to the contemporary, industrial atmosphere. Located in the heart of Armory Square, most of the meals here range from $9-$15. Try the Bentley Burger for a new twist on an old classic that is sure to make you come back next weekend.                                                                           

Pastabilities: With restaurant staple Spicy Hot Tomato Oil  featured on The Food Network, this is the place to get your Italian dinner fix. Pastabilities also won a Best of Syracuse award in 2015. All of the salads and most of the pasta dishes range from $8-$15, easily making it in reach for any college student looking for good food. So take a seat, break open a warm piece of bread and twirl some pasta this weekend in Downtown Syracuse.                                                             

Flame: Located near the Eastside of Syracuse, this pizzeria offers more than just your average pie. Each pizza is 16” and is cooked in a brick oven to perfection. They range in price from $11-$13 and can easily be split between two people. This brings the cost down to under $10 per person. And as they say at Flame, enjoy your pizza in a “simple but eclectic, familiar yet foreign” atmosphere.

Brooklyn Pickle: About a 5 minute trip from Le Moyne, this funky sandwich shop is sure to delight all who stop in. Order a full  sandwich (they’re huge) for $8.95 and split it  with a friend for a $5 meal. Tack on a bag of your favorite chips and you are good to go.

Strong Hearts Cafe: Feeling healthy? Try something new with this up and coming Syracuse vegetarian and vegan cafe. All of the plates served here are under $10, with many being under $5. From breakfast to pizza to sandwiches and salads, there is something here for everyone. Try the sesame peanut noodles to claim as your new favorite dish.

Freedom of Espresso: Need a little pick me-up? Stop in for a handmade hot or iced beverage to your liking for around $4. Take a break from your usual Dunkin’ run and enjoy some alone time to study or some time to catch up with friends in this warm cafe.