Roadside America

All-American Diner Tour: Julie’s Diner in North Syracuse, New York

Located off Brewerton Road (US Highway 11) at the terminus of Airport Boulevard just outside the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in North Syracuse, New York, Julie’s is a modern diner with a fresh, contemporary style. Their motto is “We dish it out, you gotta take it!” (Not sure what that’s supposed to mean…)

Julie’s was crowded when a friend and I visited. We sat at the small counter (5 to 6 seats at most) and both had their signature waffles. I also got a side of raisin toast. I don’t know if blueberries were just out of season, but the blueberry topping they used seemed old and the berries were tiny. The waffle was good though. The diner was clean and the wait staff was friendly, despite the rush.

Julie’s is only open until 2:30 p.m., so breakfast is its primary focus. Without a doubt, people come here for the waffles. They are served Belgian style with several different fruit toppings, or just powdered sugar.

Julie’s has a 4.5/5 average out of 105 Google reviews. Customers praise Julie’s reasonable prices, large portions, and friendly atmosphere. In a typical review, Yelp user Amanda R. writes, “Awesome staff, consistently excellent food, nice diner, great prices. My favorite menu item is the egg and Tolstoy quesadilla that comes with sour cream if you like it. I don’t. Always too full to eat the heap of home fries.”

Others have not had such a good experience, due to an inattentive waitress or receiving their food and silverware haphazardly. Julie’s was packed when I went there, so I can understand how the wait staff can become distracted or feel overwhelmed.

Julie’s Diner is located at 3800 Brewerton Road in North Syracuse, New York. Phone number: (315) 452-0091. They are open Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.


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