I went to Aunt Josie, a favorite of mine since childhood, last Fall.
Aunt Josie was most known for her sauces and meatballs. When Aunt Josie was alive, she'd be back there at the sauce pot (which was huge) seemeingly non-stop, and handmade all her meatballs.
When Aunt Josie died, the family kept up the tradition for along time. The meatballs were out of this world.
On my last visit, I was secretly disappointed with the meatballs. It was devasting to even think. And, I too saw the meatball award, which I can only suspect is based on tradition rather than current substance. (You know how those voting things work - people vote and they haven't even been out to eat there, or elsewhere - they just vote on past experience, rather than recent).
I believe it was sonjaab who informed me that the restaurant has new owners, and that explained it all. I taste the difference. I'm sad that my old favorite is no longer so.
Next time you go to Syracuse, I'll rattle off some of the current tops for Italian, including meatballs, and your faith in the meatball in Italian heavy Syracuse should be fully restored.
You made no mention of your thoughts on Heid's. I grew up on franks and coneys from Heid's. I could bike there from my house. But,as with many a hot dog, personal tastes often come from what one grew up on. So, I love them The coney the most (also called a white snappy - or white hot). My wife is a Hofmann Frank fan, and I the Coney. But, I know that the frank (the regular hotdog) may seem baloney like to some. But, one also has to keep in mind that these are german franks, rather than other types - and german franks tend to be milder.
Still, opinion on Hofmann's and the venerable Heid's?
So glad to hear the Dino lived up. It's amazing that real BBQ exists in Upstate, NY - if only at one place. Still, the uniqueness of having a real BBQ joint is not under-appreciated by locals. When that place opened it was clear that I hadn't really had BBQ in my life, until the Dino opened.
I often forget about Hullar's. Probably because I grew up across town in Liverpool. But my Fayetteville friends have dragged me there for some late night brew and grub, and I'm always pleased. Hullar's is to to Fayetteville, what the Retreat
is to Liverpool. Hullar's has a longer history, but The Retreat has better food. Of course, as a Liverpudlian, I prefer The Retreat, but then I also prefer Warriors to Hornets (a high school mascot reference).
Thanks for the review!