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Review: Funk ‘N Waffles

Pulled Into Syracuse

— Since opening in January 2007, Funk ‘N Waffles has been serving up coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and most importantly great waffles to the Syracuse University crowd for years.

But hold your horses: before you head over for waffles, you may need some directions. Funk ‘N Waffles is located in the Campus Plaza alley off of South Crouse Avenue and behind Marshall Square Mall. Or better yet, walk north on Crouse Avenue at Marshall Street, take a right after Bruegger’s, walk to the end of the alley, go to the last building on the left and walk down the set of dangerous-looking stairs underneath Chuck’s Cafe.

The interior is set up a bit like a funky thrift store than a restaurant, with old tables, chairs, and a few couches. It’s a perfect spot to unwind, enjoy some free Wi-Fi, and listen to live music, with local bands and touring artists performing just about every night of the week.

For a small cafe, the menu is excellent, with sandwich and panini options, made-to-order smoothies, Purity Ice cream direct from Ithaca, and fresh tea and coffee.

But let’s not forget the waffles. Creative combinations of savory and sweet options include the Pulled Pork Waffle, the Brownie Waffle Sunday and, for the vegans, Aunt Miriam’s Vegan Waffle (a secret family recipe free of any animal products). And if you can’t make up your mind about which type of waffle to get, just create your own. A few of the waffle topping options include strawberries, spinach, feta cheese, walnuts, ice cream, fried chicken and Nutella.

The order

Pineapple Smoothie: $5

Buttermilk Waffle with Bananas and Blueberries: $5.50

Total spent: $10.50

Real fruit, no sugar, and incredibly fresh-tasting pineapple made for a really great smoothie. I don’t order smoothies that often, but this was really tasty.

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