Syracuse Food Tour Part 1: Modern Malt

It’s been almost two months since I moved to Syracuse, NY and whenever I find myself in a new city, my first instinct is to explore all the eateries it has to offer. It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee shop, a pizza parlor, or a highly reputable restaurant. I’m open to trying pretty much anything.

As much as I love food and trying new cuisines, I don’t think of myself as a foodie. A wannabe foodie maybe but not a true foodie. Don’t ask me to describe the flavors hitting my palate because I’ll most likely sound like Michael Scott when he described the flavor of his wine as having an “oaky afterbirth.”

michael scott oaky afterbirth
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But, I’ll give it my best shot when it comes to stating my honest opinion of what I think of each eatery, from its ambiance and quality of service to the taste of its menu options.

So, here goes nothing. Part 1 of my Syracuse Food Tour.

Modern Malt

Located in the Armory Square neighborhood of downtown Syracuse, this restaurant is known for giving a unique twist to classic American food items. With a colorful aesthetic that reminds you of a 1950s diner, you’ll receive hearty portions and excellent service. Although both my breakfast and lunch meals were delicious, I suggest going for breakfast for one of their modern twists.

First outing: Lunch

I ordered  the Salmon BLT with a side salad, and it was beyond delicious. I was a huge fan of the ribbons of carrots in the salad, and the salmon was perfectly cooked. My only complaint is that this was a HUGE sandwich, so it was difficult to eat. I ended up using a fork and knife to cut it into more manageable halves.

Modern Malt sandwich
Salmon BLT and side salad

2nd outing: Breakfast

When my friend Corinne recently came to visit me for the weekend, I figured it was the perfect time for both of us to experience Modern Malt breakfast together. Let me just tell you that I’m still thinking about what I ate because it was that good. Unique names combined with unique foods is a win in my book.

My meal: Elvis B-Side with a cup of black coffee 

If there’s one food item I could eat at any time of the day, it’s peanut butter. So, I thought it was only fitting that I order these pancakes topped with bacon and banana chips and drizzled with peanut butter. Please, please, please order this if you love peanut butter as much as I do.

Did I say ‘peanut butter’ too much in that last paragraph? Probably.

Elvis B-Side pancakes
Look at this glorious creation.
peanut butter pancakes
Because an overhead view just isn’t enough.

Corinne’s meal: Cinnamon Toast French with a spiked Salted Caramel Shake 

Corinne decided to take things to the next level by starting her day with an alcoholic beverage of a salted caramel milkshake made with salted caramel vodka, Kahlua and topped with whipped cream. I immediately regretted ordering my boring cup of black coffee the second I tasted the shake.

Her meal consisted of Cinnamon Toast Crunch-coated French toast with creme anglaise. I tried a bite of this as well and it was equally as delicious.

french toast
Corinne’s Cinnamon Toast French with Creme Anglaise.
Photo Credit: Corinne P.
spiked milkshake
Yes, that’s me in the background regretting every sip of my coffee while I stared at the shake.
Photo Credit: Corinne P.


After we finished our meal, we laid on my couch for the rest of the afternoon in a food coma regretting absolutely nothing. If you’re ever in the Syracuse area, eat at Modern Malt. But unlike me, make sure you get that spiked shake.

Side note: Corinne has a food Instagram called @smalltownbites if you would like to follow along with her own food adventures 🙂



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