Mother Knows Best

Posted: April 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives, ZONE -- syracuse
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As spring approaches and people begin to emerge from hibernation, the desire to go out and party all night seems to be at the forefront of every college student’s mind. After a night of dizzy dancing and several Long Islands, waking up several hours later may seem like one’s own personal version of hell. One thing I’ve found to combat even the nastiest of hangovers is a trip to a good old-fashioned breakfast joint.

By far my favorite here in Syracuse is Mother’s Cupboard, a small diner on the outskirts of town that for a long time remained largely untouched by amateurs. When the Travel Channel featured Mother’s Cupboard on the second season of Man v. Food, the cat was let out of the bag.

Mother’s Cupboard serves up the traditional favorites at a small price – everything from steak and eggs, to french toast. What I like most about the Cupboard is their spin on these favorites, including a single pancake measuring 1’ in diameter. Mother’s Cupboard is most famous for their signature frittata – a sautéed smorgasbord of meat, vegetables, cheese, and potatoes. Weighing in at 6 lbs, a full order of the frittata has become something of a Syracuse legend. The few who have been able to conquer it receive the honor of having their picture plastered on the wall for all to admire.

More than anything, Mother’s Cupboard is a great place to get home-style cooking in Syracuse. Having dealt with the sudden onslaught of fame, the restaurant continues to stick to its roots, as evidenced by the sign hanging above the door that reads, “Eat your food and respect your mother.”

How to get there:

3709 James Street

Syracuse, NY 13206-2525

(315) 432-0942

Photo Credit:

-Nick Deyo

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