Blue Tusk - Syracuse, NY

Sometimes, I find myself lost in a new city, driving around in a storm, looking for a place to eat that isn't a chain. Tonight was one of those nights. I zig zagged through downtown Syracuse searching for fine dining. What I found was the Blue Tusk.

First, let me say, this isn't fine dining... it's a bar that serves food pure and simple. Second, the owner, holds center stage with his buddies on a Monday night, trying the new pumpkin ale from the brewery across the street. Third, the Blue Tusk has a pretty dang good wine list. And fourth.... there are not potato skins or faux Irish fare on the menu. Thank God.

I had a great South African blend of a wine. I wish I could tell you what it was but frankly, after driving around in the rain for 40 minutes, I didn't take notes. My cheese tray with a drunken Spanish cheese and a gouda, accompanied by locally - as in NY state - French style pate was yum. There were also some great looking, gourmet quesadillas on the menu as well as salads. Better than the food though were the people. I was traveling alone on business and they made me feel right at home in this pub. I read reviews after the fact, and new or old, this was a nice place to wind down after a long day. I totally felt at home, and not overly aware of having the only Southern accent in the room!

So if you are in town, looking for a snack and a drink downtown near Armory Square, stop by the Blue Tusk. The dude with the awesome dreads owns the joint. Strike up a conversation, ask for a glass of wine or one of the 69 beers on tap (who knew NY state had so many micro breweries and that the are really good!), and enjoy the night. 


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