Brunch in Syracuse: Build-Your-Own Mimosas at Original Grain

Back in March, I traveled to California to visit a friend and was introduced to the glorious creation that is the poké bowl (read more in this post here). The characteristically healthy dish consists of raw fish like ahi tuna or salmon on a bed of rice topped with additions that can include avocado and sesame sauce. When I came back to the East Coast, I tried to find a place in upstate NY that could recreate the dish but had no luck. I just assumed that it wasn’t a thing in my neck of the woods. I’d even ask my friends if they’d ever had a poké bowl, and they’d just give me this confused look like:

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Seven months later, I moved to Syracuse, NY and finally found a place that could recreate my California food experience. Located in Armory Square and conveniently within walking distance of my work is Original Grain, a fast casual restaurant specializing in healthy menu items like bowls, smoothies, and salads. Its website boasts “Cali vibes” and “NY Fresh,” two things you quickly notice upon setting foot inside.

I finally got my poké bowl that I’d been craving since my plane touched down on NY soil, and it was just as delicious as the California version.

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Original Grain Great Swell ($14): ahi tuna, edamame, cucumber, avocado, carrot, sesame seeds, sesame-ginger dressing

Then last week, Original Grain promoted its upcoming Hip-Hop brunch on Instagram, encouraging us to stop by that Saturday for breakfast, build-your-own mimosas, and “dope beats.”

Since my cousin and I are always looking for an excuse to drink mimosas (or anything really), we trekked through Armory Square in 12° weather to finally have a brunch in Syracuse together. We were greeted by a fairly packed Original Grain and loud classic Hip-Hop blasting from the speakers.

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Abbey and I when “No Diggity” started playing
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Although Original Grain is not cheap, you’re paying for quality, healthy food that makes you feel like that fact alone offsets the cost. Both Abbey and I were impressed by the brunch items we chose, and the amount of champagne that was poured into our cups would make anyone’s day.

Check out what I ordered below, and be sure to add Original Grain to your list of places to to go to if you’re ever looking for brunch in Syracuse.

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At the Build-Your-Own Mimosa bar, Abbey and I opted for the mango nectar juice. Delicious.

Purple Swag acai bowl ($10) with blackberries, blueberries, granola, coconut, chia and bananas paired with the mimosa ($6).

A brunch well-deserving of another photo angle

Stay tuned for the next stop on my Syracuse food tour.



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