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Author: Samantha Mendoza

Throwdown: A Texan Tries Out Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Welcome to Throwdown, a continuing series on the best of Central New York. Past stories have compared the best pizza and wineries in CNY. In this edition of Throwdown, native Texan Samantha Mendoza compares the famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to her daddy’s authentic Texas barbecue. Alright, so let’s get one thing straight: I’m a Texan. A proud, county-listening, tamale-eating Texan. Born and raised deep in the heart of San Anton’, there’s only one thing I take more seriously than my studies, and that’s good ol’ fashioned barbecue. So when I moved to Syracuse this summer and kept hearing y’all talk about how...

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The Best Pumpkin Ice Cream in CNY

    It’s officially Fall, which means it’s time to pull out your oversized sweaters and bundle up for some crisp Upstate apple-picking and hayrides. But pumpkin-spice lattes and warm apple cider aren’t the only treats for the upcoming chilly afternoons. Local ice cream parlours and soft serve stops are now serving seasonal flavors, like classic pumpkin, that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s where you can find them.   Gannon’s Isle Ice Cream 1525 Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY, 13207 A favorite among locals, Gannon’s has been family-owned and operated for over thirty years. It has received...

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