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Summer is here, restrictions are dropped, and it’s time to celebrate!  The best way to live your best life this summer is to make sure you take a trip to Eddie’s in Sylvan Beach! Opening in 1934, Eddie’s, with their tradition of family hospitality, has truly stood the test of time. What is Eddie’s recipe for success? The answer is simple, take one part idyllic location, one part dedication, and one part amazing food, mix together and serve with a smile! Eddie’s is located on the Eastern shores of beautiful Oneida Lake right in Sylvan Beach. The restaurant is just a short scenic drive along the lake from Syracuse. Eddie’s restaurant is located at 901 Main Street, Sylvan Beach and they are open for dine in and take out seven days a week Sunday through Thursday from noon to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. For takeout orders and reservations give them a call at 315-762-4269.

Generations of Central New Yorkers would agree that it’s just not summer without
a trip to Eddie’s Restaurant in Sylvan Beach. Eddie’s Restaurant started with a hot dog stand and a dream as the country was finding its way out of the Great Depression. Since its inception, Eddie’s Restaurant has been continuously run by the Stewart Family through good times and bad, including successfully navigating a global pandemic! Eddie’s has also been visited by celebrities over the last nearly century including Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, The Ink Spots, Liza Minelli and even George Foreman! For nearly a century Eddie’s has been happily serving scrumptious food to everyone from beach bums to celebrities!

Whether you are at Eddie’s for breakfast (served all day!), lunch, dinner, or even dessert there is certainly something on the menu for everyone! One of my favorite things about the menu is that it incorporates nostalgic items that were classic dishes but have left menus elsewhere (such as Tuna Stuffed Tomato, a vine-ripened tomato filled with tuna salad on a bed of lettuce with wedges of provolone, or Liver And Onions, two tender pieces of calves liver smothered in grilled onions) and new and inventive items (like Eggplant Salad with fried eggplant over mixed greens, with grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, feta cheese and white balsamic dressing and the Sassy Fifi with pulled pork and beef slowly mixed in BBQ sauce and cherry peppers served on a Kaiser roll) that change with the times! I would be doing a disservice to you all if I failed to mention the most famous item on Eddie’s menu, and an absolute must order, The Original Hot Ham BBQ sandwich! The legend of the “Original Hot Ham” BBQ Sandwich is that on one busy summer day in 1946, Eddie Sr. the founder of Eddie’s, ran out of hot dogs! As the tourists grew hungry Eddie decided to make a sandwich that he only made for his family, a toasted seeded roll piled high with capicola ham! The tourists fell in love and the famous spicy sandwich was born!

Kyle and I were super excited to take Magnolia to her very first trip to Eddie’s on a warm and sunny June evening. It was a Friday night and you could tell that summer was finally here! We were happy that we had a reservation because there was a bit of a line to get seated. We were quickly seated at our cozy booth and eagerly looked over the menu while our amazing server Amber told us about the specials. Amber was not only super friendly but also very knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations and answer any question. For starters we first decided on the Zip Zap Shrimp, a generous serving of beer battered shrimp tossed in a spicy, creamy sauce and served on a bed of spring mix. This dish was the perfect amount of spicy and totally mouthwatering! We also decided to try a newer menu item (which is a combination of longtime favorites), Meatballs With Ricotta Cheese, this sharable dish is made up of three of Eddie’s Famous hand rolled Meatballs served on ricotta cheese and smothered with their Famous Meat Sauce and topped with fresh basil! Each bite of this dish was absolute perfection on a fork! Magnolia, a meatball connoisseur at only 10 months old totally approved of these scrumptious meatballs! While we waited for our entrees I enjoyed a super fresh salad topped with crumbly bleu while Kyle had a cup of the homemade chicken pastina. It’s worth noting that all of Eddie’s soups are made fresh in-house daily and the salads use locally grown ingredients whenever available. Eddie’s is also known for serving some of the freshest fish this side of the ocean so that fact in combination with the summer vibe made us both decide on the seafood dinners. Upon Amber’s recommendation,
I decided on the Broiled Seafood Platter with garlic and butter which is a generous helping of baked fish, large sautéed scallops and tasty shrimp scampi! For an entrée Kyle decided on the Delmonico Steak, a perfectly cooked 16 oz. cut of all natural certified beef, center cut ribeye. This dish was cooked exactly how Kyle likes it and he delighted in every single bite! We both had an order of garlic fries as our side dish and these were a garlic lover’s dream! As I mentioned before no meal at Eddie’s is complete without a slice of heaven, and by that I mean Banana Cream Pie! I ordered the Banana Cream Pie but ended up taking it to go when Kyle’s dessert came to the table! Kyle again took Amber’s suggestion and ordered the Peanut Butter Passion Specialty Grande Sundae. This dessert was LOADED with toppings and is an absolute dream for any peanut butter lover. The best part is that there was plenty for all of us to share! Also, they have a new soft serve ice cream machine with tons of new flavors! The milkshakes are also amazing. Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert!

After a long year and a cold winter it is time to enjoy this beautiful summer, and I can’t think of a better way than a meal at Eddie’s! For more information, menus, and events be sure to check out Eddie’s on Facebook and on their website at https://www.eddies1934. com/. Just remember that it wouldn’t be summer in Sylvan Beach without Eddie’s!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.