Dining Week celebrates downtown eats for $25 or less

Dining Week in Downtown Syracuse kicked off Thursday and runs through Saturday Feb. 26, offering three-course meals at 22 different downtown eateries for $25 or less.

So while the price of food around the world may be on the rise , the cost of dining out in Syracuse is dropping, at least for 12 days.

The annual tradition highlights several new restaurants this year, including wine and dessert bar Bittersweet Cafe at 127 W. Fayette St., and Byblos Mediterranean Cafe at 223 N. Clinton St.

Trying to decide where to dine this week? Read about some of the featured locations at the "Behind the Scenes" blog . Use the opportunity to try a new place that you've been meaning to visit. Or, if you're the type to order an appetizer as your meal, wash it down with water and skip dessert, use Dining Week to get a little more adventurous at one of your standby favorite spots.

Check out the restaurants' Dining Week menus online . The $25 or less deal typically does not include beverages, and tax and tip are extra. Wherever you choose to eat, be sure to let your server know that you're participating in Dining Week.

Before you dig in, snap a photo of your culinary choice and post it to the Downtown Syracuse Facebook page for your chance to win a gift certificate to one of the Dining Week restaurants. While you're there, cast your vote for your favorite Dining Week dish. The Downtown Committee will announce the crowd favorite when Dining Week wraps up.

Find out more at downtownsyracuse.com or facebook.com/downtownsyracuse.

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