Last week Dave and I decided to try out Sitrus on the Hill, in the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, given that they were throwing a grand opening party that included free food and drinks. Described by the SU New Services as “the new beverage outlet of the hotel” (did they say beverage outlet?), it is, in fact, much more than something that spews beverages. It is a bar/restaurant that features a very pleasant, upscale atmosphere, friendly personnel, beverages of course and, believe it or not, really good food.
Upon entering the night of the grand opening, I saw a table with a little fishbowl full of business cards. So, seeing that some sort of prize give-away was in the works, I threw in one of our Puente Flamenco business cards and thought nothing more of it. After all, I simply never win anything.
Much to my surprise, I was one of the first winners of a gift certificate, the perfect excuse to come back, sit down and really focus on the food. Which is exactly what we did a week later, the night before Thanksgiving. That is, after most of the students and all of the faculty have vacated the area.
Where people had been crammed in the week before, it was, quite to be expected, quite empty. Ashley, our very pleasant and professional bartender, brought us menus, got us our glasses of Shiraz (good, not mind-blowing), and took our orders. She also ended up being a lot of fun to talk to.
I had the jumbo lump crab cake served with lettuce and fried tomato. It came with three mayonnaises on the side, one nicely green and herbal, another very mild made, I believe, with roasted red peppers, and a third that was very spicy which I adored. The crab cake was just a tad more mild than I usually like, but with the trio of mayos, anyone could make it taste just as they desired. House specialty potato chips were heavenly.
Dave ordered the grilled Gorgonzola pizza with candied pecans and caramelized onions. If this sounds too sweet, it was not. As I told beverage manager John Gallagher, I love it when a dish teaches me something new. This pizza was the teacher, and what better place to go for a lesson than university hill? You already know what each of those ingredients tastes like, but to convey what they did all together is essentially impossible. You live in Syracuse (or perhaps will be visiting?). Just go there and try it. It’s well worth the small tuition you’ll pay.
Sitrus on the Hill
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
Open daily 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Weekly jazz nights