Funk ‘n Waffles: The Best Affordable Late Night Brunch
Wedged between two restaurants on South Clinton Street sits a restaurant filled with music, bright artwork and best of all – mimosas at any hour. Funk n’ Waffles offers the best late-night brunch that anyone could have ever asked for. Even if you want to stop in for just breakfast, daytime brunch or a snack, you can do it almost any time of day. Its hours are from 9 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. I still wish it was open 24 hours.
The late night journey
On a Thursday evening, two friends and I were in the mood for a late-night snack, but in reality, it turned into a late-night brunch.
When we walked into Funk n’ Waffles, we were greeted with the sound of live music, customers laughing and the delicious smell of waffles. The main restaurant is small, with a set up similar to a cafe. There is also a separate part closed off by a curtain that leads to a bar and a space for bands to set up.
Different than your typical restaurant, you seat yourself, order and pay at the main counter. The menu is easily accessible, as there are print versions while also two large screens above the counter with food choices. The menu includes many options catered to your personal wants or needs, including a wide range of waffles and alcoholic beverages.
The customer service is excellent. The young woman who helped my friends and me was personable, funny and efficient while a long line formed behind us.
The affordable meal
I decided to order a mimosa and the chocolate city waffle: a buttermilk batter with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce — perfect for my sweet tooth. I had the choice of getting half a waffle or a whole waffle. Some waffles also have the choice of getting a quarter-waffle. I decided to go with a full waffle for $6.49, and my mimosa was $6. Overall, my check came to under $15 — perfect for a broke college student.
One friend ordered a mimosa and the chicken and waffles meal. She had the choice of tender or wings, and she chose wings and a whole waffle. On the side was a sauce that tasted of maple syrup complete with a small hot kick. Her check was also under $15.
My other friend decided to order a jive turkey quarter waffle. This was a stuffing waffle topped with smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy for $5.99. He also ordered the mackinac quarter waffle: a spinach and mozzarella stuffed waffle with smoked turkey and a side of sour cream for $4.99. His check came out to $12.
Our first impressions were great. We had no complaints overall and were pleased with our meals and experience. The Yelp and Google reviews were definitely accurate as Google had a 4.4 rating and Yelp had a 3.5 rating. If anything, we believe the reviews are low. Funk N’ Waffles even has a couple vegan-friendly options.
One thing we really loved was the cool restaurant had merchandise you could purchase. From the fun artwork on the walls to pins and t-shirts — you could find something to remember your experience by.
Another great thing about Funk n’ Waffles is the location. Right in downtown Syracuse, it’s the perfect spot in Central New York for a brunch-infused bite to eat while enjoying a live show.
Funk N’ Waffles is located at 307 South Clinton St. in Armory Square. The restaurant also has a location in Rochester. Their full event and live show schedule can be found on their website. And if you’re interested in a different type of brunch, check out our review of the best Indian brunches or Sunday morning brunch at the Mission. And if you aren’t interested in brunch, check out our comprehensive review of the five best restaurants in Syracuse.
Published on October 13, 2018. Updated on November 19, 2018.