Re:The Burger Joint, Syracuse, NY
check it out. they're only open b'fast and lunch (it is inside an office building after all). The menu is diner size - something for everyone, and nothing is bad. Most popular are the omelettes and burgers, but soups are made daily, roast beef is cooked on the spot, nothing pre-fab, quality first, profit second, is a motto that has made it Syracuse's best kept secret. IMO, time to let the secret out.
Bull and Bear has a better beer selection. I've been there a few times. Good joint.
Don't know if you remember Stereo's restaurant. I went to middle and high school with the youngest daughter,. I also knew the family that owned the old men's clothing store. Both are gone now.
Nick's Place has been there forever. The place still has the original seafoam green countertops, walls and seating from the 30s. It's a great diner. And, to be honest, until I knew the owner, I didn't know about it either. I never worked downtown, so if it wasn't open in the evenings and on weekends, I didn't know about it.
Funny, too, was MAn v. Food at Mother Cupboards - I swear I thought that place closed years ago. Again, since it was a b'fast and lunch place, as well, I'd usually pass by it when it was closed. It always looked abandoned to me. Go figgure!