Funk'n Waffles Review
Very aptly named, this restaurant/venue features both classic and slightly wacky food options with a side of cool and funky music.
Located at 307 South Clinton Street in the downtown area, it’s easy to get to and has plenty of nearby parking. We parked in a lot nearby and were shocked at how close we were to the restaurant.
While this is technically an omni establishment, there are some great vegan options to choose from - all of which are marked very clearly on the menu.
As the name suggests, the menu is packed with interesting waffle options, both savory and sweet. For the vegans in the group, there are a couple of choices:
-“Aunt Miriam’s” waffle, served with strawberries and a side of maple syrup.
-The ”Falafel Waffle”, topped with Israeli salad and creamy tahini on the side - Josh and I shared one of these and ended up taking half of it home with us because it was BIG! The Israeli salad, which was a mix of yellow peppers, red peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, and cucumber, was fresh and juicy, complementing the flavorful and crisp yet chewy falafel perfectly. SO YUMMY!
-The “Make Your Own” waffle, made with either classic (vegan) waffle batter OR falafel batter, plus whatever sauces, spreads, and add-ons you want. Your options here range from marmalade, strawberries, blueberries, pears, bananas, and walnuts to BBQ sauce, tomato, spinach, onions, kale, peppers, and tofu. There are lots of possibilities for creativity with this one.
If you’re not in the mood for waffles, there are other delectable options available. How about a vegan egg sandwich with vegan sausage and vegan cheese? Maybe you’d like a side of potatoes or even a fruit cup to go along with your meal?
I had to try the vegan sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich and I was happy that I did. It was heavenly. McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches have nothing on the Funk ‘n Waffles folks! Delicious AND cruelty-free! You just can’t beat it!
If a scramble is more your thing, they have those too! Josh ordered one of these and it came with tofu, fresh veggies, vegan sausage, and vegan pepper jack cheese on a bed of sauteed spinach. It was great - flavorful, fresh, and filling!
For an omni restaurant, there is a surprisingly large amount of vegan food up for grabs at Funk ‘n Waffles. And it doesn’t stop there! We haven’t even gotten to my favorite part yet: The espresso bar!
If you’re in the mood for a plain ol’ coffee, you can get it here. And if you’re in the mood for a little something different, such as a lavender latte, you can get that here too! With the option to substitute almond milk OR soy milk in any beverage, there are almost too many delicious drinks to choose from: Cappuccinos, espressos, macchiatos, teas, and more.
I had a vanilla latte with soy milk and it was spot on. The foam on this thing was perfect -fluffy and light, just the way it should be - and I savored every last drop.
If the waffle aspect of Funk ‘n Waffles wasn’t enough to sell us on the place, we were sold as soon as we realized they have live music literally every night of the week.
Their entryways are plastered with posters for upcoming shows.
While we were there, we got to hear a band called Auralai play a couple of songs. The lead singer had a beautiful voice and it was nice to listen to her sing while we enjoyed our meal.
The way this place is set up is pretty neat, too. The restaurant/dining area are on one side of a wall, while the stage and bar are on the other side. This makes it easy to sit and enjoy your meal but still listen to the music, even if you don’t want to be right in the middle of the action.
Overall, everyone was pleased with their experience. We had heard that this restaurant (albeit a different location) was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but we weren’t sure if it would live up to the hype. However, once we had eaten and enjoyed our meal, we were happy that we stopped in. Even my brother, who can be pretty picky when it comes to his food, raved about how delicious his (non-vegan) brownie batter waffle was.
If you’re in the Syracuse area for one reason or another, and you have a little time to spare, I would definitely recommend checking this funky little place out. Even if you just stop in for a coffee or to grab a beer and hear some music, it’s worth a look-see. However, if you have the time, just do it. Get a waffle! Live a little! ;)
What’s the craziest waffle you’ve ever had? Been to Funk ‘n Waffles or want to go? Leave a comment and let me know!