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Six-dollar martinis all day on Wednesday. Need I say more?
Apparently not, because on the Wednesday night we visited, the parking lot was full. My table partook in the standard vodka and gin martinis with a choice of regular or blue cheese olives, but an entire menu with more than a dozen offerings was available, including a Red Velvet and a mango variety. When our server, Cody Kalemba, served us our drinks, they overflowed the glass. She said they were “made with love.”
And that is how the very pleasant evening played out at this comfy pub; we felt attended to and cared about. Suitable for working folks, business meetings and families, too, the CopperTop Tavern offers a global menu that includes healthier entrees at less than 600 calories and vegetarian and gluten-free options.
To start, the avocado eggrolls had come recommended even before Kalemba suggested we try them. They were creamy and spicy and filled with black bean and roasted peppers. They are served with even spicier chips and a tasty mayo-based dipping sauce. We also tried a new offering – stone-fired chicken wings with Italian herb flavoring. These were smoky and not too hot.
Our main dish choices traversed the global menu that was advertised. From the favorites menu, Josie tried the fish tacos. These were served more like what I would call a quesadilla, and included panko-crusted haddock with Santa Fe dressing, pico de gallo, carrots and cheddarjack cheese. Alan chose the Thai chicken noodles off the pasta menu. The noodles had a toothsome texture and a delicious sesame flavor. Alan gave his and all of the plates high marks for presentation. The rest of us ordered off the dinner specials menu, with Doug enjoying salmon with miso flavoring that was light and flavorful and probably the most-favored entrée of the evening.
The portion sizes are enormous, so how we had room for a dessert is a mystery. I have never figured out how something as simple as fried dough can be so wonderful, but try the beignets, served with chocolate and strawberry dipping sauces. One order was plenty for the five of us, and a sweet treat to end the evening. In the summer, Coppertop will lighten the menu a bit to offer cooler, lighter options while they bring out the mojitos.
Favorite: As long as you are a fan of avocados, don’t miss those avocado egg rolls. You will enjoy creamy and crunchy and smooth and spicy in every bite.
CopperTop Tavern – Cicero : 7777 Brewerton Road North Syracuse 315-458-1999
CopperTop Tavern – Camillus:
3380 Milton Ave.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
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