Syracuse, NY

Funk ‘n Waffles Keeps it Fresh and Funky

J.M. Lesinski

Bringing both an eclectic musical atmosphere and delicious waffle dishes unlike any other, Funk ‘n Waffles has been a staple in Syracuse, New York over the years. Adorned with original art for sale in true gallery style, Funk ‘n Waffles embodies a style all their own alongside traditional breakfast and brunch plates done in truly creative ways.

The Chicken and Waffles at Funk ‘n Waffles is one of their flagship dishes and comes highly recommended to anyone having their first meal at the restaurant. The chicken is exceptionally crispy and fried to perfection, while the waffles and sweet heat of the syrup brings the diner into the savory realm. The hot syrup has a kick, but if you are feeling adventurous, you will not regret it over regular syrup.

Another keystone dish at Funk ‘n Waffles is the Jive Turkey, a stuffing waffle with smoked turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce on the side. The homestyle taste of this dish is truly one of a kind, while the waffle itself is an impressive feat holding together where normal stuffing would be too fluffy and being elegantly crispy around the edges for the perfect finish.

The Pulled Pork Waffle features local Dinosaur BBQ barbecue sauce and pulled pork for a succulent meal option, with a sweet crunch and zing that follows to really round out the meal experience. Looking for that meat lover dish? The Meatlover’s Waffle comes with bacon, sausage, smoked ham, pulled pork, and chicken tenders.

The Bootsy Brunch is another breakfast staple item that is easy on the eyes. The bacon-stuffed buttermilk waffle has the perfect texture of crispy and fluffy and comes folded over two fried eggs and melted cheddar cheese. The sandwich effect of the waffle is brilliant in and of itself, but the rich gooeyness of the eggs and cheese within is a flavorful bouquet melody all its own.

Similarly, the Vegan Bootsy Brunch comes with a vegan sausage stuffed waffle folded over a seasoned tofu patty and vegan melted mozzarella cheese. The same delicious, melty goo effect with the mozzarella cheese is appealing on so many levels. The harmony of all the vegan flavor coming together is rich and filling.

The Bacon, Brie, and Basil Waffle comes topped with bacon, melted brie, chopped fresh basil, and a side of apricot marmalade for a unique flavor punch. The sweet subtle flavor of the buttermilk waffle allows the freshness of the basil to really shine, while the wholesome texture of the brie cheese and bacon adds the undeniable fullness of a good breakfast dish.

Funk ‘n Waffles also does an incredible Monte Cristo. The classic baked ham, swiss, and egg dish comes on a buttermilk waffle toasted to perfection. That classic bite of the swiss cheese adds a savory component alongside the saltiness of the ham. The same effect is present in the Florentine, which comes with spinach, feta, and smoked salmon over a classic buttermilk waffle.

The Elvis-themed All Shook Up features a bacon-stuffed buttermilk waffle topped with bananas, honey, and of course, a side of peanut butter. A good middle ground between savory and sweet, the All Shook Up is definitely a must-try item for the indecisive diner.

A relatively underrated plate, Carry on My Wayward Spud, comes stuffed with mashed potatoes, bacon, and cheddar, and topped with additional bacon and a side of sour cream. Aside from the bacon lover’s instant appeal, the mashed potato waffle echoes to the latka, and really rounds out an incredibly diverse savory menu.

Other savory waffles at Funk ‘n Waffles include the Falafel Waffle, topped with an Israeli salad and a side of sesame sauce, the Smoked Gouda and Herb with a side of sour cream, and the Mackinac, a spinach and mozzarella stuffed waffle with smoked turkey and sour cream on the side.

Sweet waffles at Funk ‘n Waffles are equal parts tasty to their savory peers, with the addition of being more decorative before being gobbled to bits. The Everyday People is the standard buttermilk and maple syrup dish, while the Star Child offers buttermilk topped with rich whipped cream and fresh red strawberries. Looking for a similar whole wheat option? The Tuesday Heartbreak comes with strawberries and bananas for a healthier option over whipped cream.

An indulgent twist on the crepe, the Crepe Expectations buttermilk waffle comes with bananas and Nutella. The swirl of fruity and rich Nutella goes best with powdered sugar from the condiment bar. A similarly rich experience for the chocolate lovers is the Chocolate City, a buttermilk waffle with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips for the ultimate sweet combination.

The Earth, Wind, and Fire is another classic hearty sweet plate. The whole wheat waffle comes with bananas, walnuts, and honey. The Whole Lotta Love whole grain waffle comes with yogurt, granola, and strawberries for a tasty whole grain option as well, while Aunt Miriam’s Vegan Waffle comes with fresh strawberries and a side of maple syrup.

The Iron, Lion, and Zion has every fruit perfect for waffles on top in one delicious place. The buckwheat waffle comes with blueberries, strawberries, and bananas for a sweet floral blend of berry goodness. Just feeling blueberries? The Kind of Blue buckwheat waffle comes with blueberries, plain and simple. Another great option is the Banana Bread Waffles as well, the banana bread waffle comes topped with blueberries and walnuts for another berry dish.

There are some waffles so rich and sweet at Funk ‘n Waffles they come with ice cream. The iconic James Brownie waffle comes in brownie batter with two scoops of chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce, and is available in ice cream sandwich form too. The Jersey Shore boasts a scoop of ice cream per waffle half. The melty scoops of milky sweetness over light and fluffy buttermilk will make anyone’s mouth water.

Even if one cannot choose from the incredible variety of options on the menu at Funk ‘n Waffles, they also have make your own waffle options in nearly every flavor of waffle they offer.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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