I’ve been to Syracuse’s Westvale nook to enjoy live music at The Buzz Cafe, to enjoy their coffee, but I had not eaten there until this past Sunday. The three of us family members were looking for a bite to eat, and this eatery was presented as an option. I couldn’t disagree, considering the experience would be a first for all of us.
Aside food and music and an essential coffee/tea outing (and the strong combination of all of the above), The Buzz Cafe presents a rustic and cozy atmosphere. The crate-esque walls and coffee bean Hessian/burlap bags that coat the walls are a fitting touch. The cafe is great for a book club gathering, a board/table top group, a morning discussion, and date (of course).
We walked in, checked out the menu written on the chalkboard, and found ourselves at a loss for deciding what to order. Finally, I closed my eyes, swiveled them around a little bit, and ordered the firs thing that I noticed. I had the option of two pancakes or pieces of French toast; I went with the former, because I haven’t had one in a long time, and the size of each were generous. Among bacon or ham or sausage, I went with the hand-packed sausage (it wasn’t a cookie-cutter, perfect-formed circle). I had home fries on the side, which I drenched with Buzz Sauce, the house hot sauce. I can’t turn down hot sauce, and this Buzz Sauce was very reminiscent of Frank’s, but it had more flavor. Don’t worry, I did try the home fries “as is,” and the potato side was very tasty, not overly seasoned or salty.
My brother opted for a breakfast wrap, and his fiance went with the small, personal breakfast pizza. Each of us spent less than $10 on our meals that filled our bellies. The cost of our coffees included free refills, and that enabled us to wake up a bit more, and the conversation flowed. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy coffee on a Sunday morning?
It was a pleasant way to start the Sunday of a whirlwind weekend. We all had some type of work to do, and we parted after the meal after hopping over to Mo’Dough bakery with a cowboy cookie in our hands. The manager walked over to us, and presented us with a complimentary cookie. The treat being free did not make it taste great, but the cookie itself was really, really good. The combination of nuts, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, among other delightful ingredients — delightful.