No Name Diner
By Jay Adams
Walking into the No Name Diner is a bit like stepping 50 years into the past. The décor and atmosphere hearken back to a time when the American diner was in its glory days. If you’re looking for an old silver diner car while searching out the No Name Diner, you’ll miss it. The outside of the building looks very much like a café, but the setup inside with the rotating cake display, gumball machines and old-fashioned counter give No Name a great touch of diner authenticity.
The No Name Diner bills itself as an affordable establishment, and the menu backs that up. You’ll find a phenomenal selection of dishes to fill up on for less than $10. The diner has a set daily menu, but make sure to check out the wide array of specials that are commonly written out by hand and photocopied.
The No Name Diner is wheelchair accessible and accepts all major credit cards.
When to go: The early morning crowd is filled with regulars, but we recommend you come in for lunch. You’ll likely catch regular Bob Krauss sitting in a booth, reading the paper or doing a crossword puzzle. Krauss is always good for a fantastic story. In the mood for breakfast, you say? The No Name Diner serves breakfast all day, so grab a stack of pancakes and pull up a seat with Krauss. The bottom line: Breakfast for lunch and stories? Yes, you can have it all.
Blue Plate Special: The No Name Diner prides itself on its breakfast, so don’t overlook that part of the menu — unless you’re skipping to dessert. But there’s no need for a menu if that’s your plan. Just peruse the rotating cake display at the entrance and make a choice. Mandarin orange cake, German chocolate cake, cheesecake, apple pie? Decisions, decisions. The bottom line: Have breakfast, then have dessert. Don’t worry. We won’t judge.
3900 New Court Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206