For vegan and vegetarian lovers in Upstate New York, Strong Hearts Café in Syracuse is the place to be. Offering a complete vegan menu with “chicken” salad sandwiches and “bacon,” tomato and lettuce melts, Strong Hearts offers a respite for those who are looking for alternative ways to fill their bellies, without meat or dairy involved.
A casual sandwich and soup hangout spot on the stretch of Genesee Street in Syracuse, Strong Hearts has received a cult following since opening in 2008. In the span of three years, the café – which used to only serve sandwiches, salads and soups – has expanded into offering vegan milkshakes, cupcakes and even “soy mozzarella” pizza. Pledging to “support local food producers,” Strong Hearts uses all-natural and organic ingredients, keeping their promise that every item on the menu contains no artificial sweeteners or trans fat.
Not fancy by any means, Strong Hearts Café is the perfect spot for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up. The café operates as a half restaurant, half coffee shop – even offering free Wifi for those who need to tweet or Facebook about their first vegan experience. For a sandwich and a milkshake the tab runs about $10, which is decent for gourmet vegetarian restaurants these days.