UPDATE, May 12, 2009: Laci’s is now a cafe and burger joint, with a much more extensive menu and eat-in dining!
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The other day we stopped in at Laci’s Burger Joint in Eastwood and were left with an overall positive impression. The menu is almost completely burgers, so you know they’d better be good! Dave had the Hot Mama Burger, which has jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, onion, lettuce and tomato. He said it was very good. Understand that Dave likes fairly spicy-hot food. I had the Empire Burger, with its apples, brie cheese, lettuce and tomato. The burger was large, cooked to order, and tasty. It was not the best burger I’ve ever had, but this may be in part due to the fact that I probably needed something with stronger flavors. The apples were an interesting addition but the brie got lost under the burger. And I was pretty much baffled by the combination of apple and tomato. It would have been better with cheddar and a chipotle mayonnaise instead.
There are nine kinds of burgers. All of them come with waffle fries, or you can have their sweet potato fries or onion rings for a buck extra. Spend that dollar – the sweet potato fries are out of this world.
The overall experience was one you’d expect on opening day: earnest cooks, a few elements that you hope will be improved, and enough going right that you really, really want this business to succeed. I hope that, as time goes by, they’re able to figure out how to get seating in there. They’re going to need it to keep people paying $6.95 for a burger and fries. This is not an outrageous price, but we’re so accustomed to paying less for inferior burgers, it might be a tough sell unless the experience of enjoying a burger out is part of the deal. I don’t know what the laws are about having accessible bathrooms, but by gum, that place used to have a counter (and maybe a couple booths?). The old bathroom door is decidedly not wide enough for today’s standards. Could an exception be made for an historic building?
Here’s what we saw inside Laci’s:
Here’s what the inside could look like, remarkably similar to what it used to look like (taken from this page on White Towers). Notice it has the same tile floor!
We wish Laci’s Burger Joint all the luck. With a few warm afternoons left to us, we should be able to sit down at a table on the patio. Come winter, I’d dearly love to sit at a counter, watch the grillman create my burger, and maybe even bump into some of my neighbors.
Laci’s Burger Joint, 2700 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13206
Open 11am to 7pm
Monday – Saturday