Eateries around the globe are adding a side of fun to breakfast. It makes business “cents” for restaurants to jazz up the most important meal of the day. At Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal you can add ice cream and mint flavored milk to your bowl. Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand lets you inject shots of peanut butter and other fillings into your donuts. Seeing as how Central New York sees its fair share of April showers and grey skies, we are thrilled to see restaurants like Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York popping rainbow colored hues on their brunch menus.
Modern Malt is located in Armory Square in the heart of downtown Syracuse. The upstate New York based restaurant focuses on playful versions of common comfort food.
For example, there’s a twist on traditional eggs Benedict called pig Benedict that’s made with braised pork belly and onion frizzles. Modern Malt also has a whole section of its menu dedicated to poutine called the poutinerie.
Among the funkier offerings on Modern Malt’s menu is an Oreo French toast. We were concerned the dish might be too much of a good thing, but it is divine.
The toast features an Oreo buttercream center and is drizzled with both chocolate and marshmallow sauce. The consistency of the toast is lighter and fluffier than you might think, kind of like a really good doughy cinnamon roll.
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The service at Modern Malt is excellent. We visited Modern Malt right before we flew back to California and encountered a massive lunch rush. Our server, Kevin, was completely on top of things and put a rush on our order, so we were able to scoot in time for our flight. (Thanks Kevin!)
Our favorite item on Modern Malt’s menu is the Barney Rubble. It consists of two hefty slices of French toast encrusted with Fruity Pebbles cereal. We skipped putting maple syrup on these delicious slices because the strawberry ginger jam that accompanies it is so dang perfect. The Barney Rubble also comes with a side of crème anglaise for dipping.
In addition to Modern Malt, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across New York State.
A word to the wise, while our Barney Rubble looked stunning photographed beside the Fruity Pebbles shake we also ordered (see the featured photo at the top of this post), it was a bit too much of a good thing. We’d definitely order the tasty French toast again, but the shake pushed our burgeoning belly over the edge. (The Fruity Pebbles shake is made with strawberries and blueberries, so while it does have the colorful cereal topping, it’s more of a sweet flavored fruit shake while the toast stays closer to its cereal roots.)
If adding Oreos or Fruity Pebbles to your French toast seems a bit too adventurous for your tummy’s liking, there are less kooky picks for you to choose from. For instance, Modern Malt’s lengthy milkshake menu includes quirky slurps like a Wild Berry Pop-Tarts option, but it also balances that out with familiar flavors like a German chocolate cake shake and a salted caramel variation.
While standard fare like plain pancakes, burgers and sandwiches appear on the menu, it’s really tough not to delve out of your comfort zone and into one of Modern Malt’s crazy creations.
While we’d love to tell you to save room for dessert at Modern Malt, our stomachs just couldn’t make it that far. After tackling a poutine appetizer, glorious griddle options and some shakes, we needed to take a time out. We plan to pop in again sometime soon, so we can give Modern Malt’s carmo’ corn pancakes a whirl.
Address: 325 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 8:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Phone: (315) 471-6258
Pricing (All in USD): Burgers and Sandwiches $10.00 to $16.00, Eggs $8.00 to $17.00, French Toast $8.00 to $12.00, Pancakes $7.00 to $11.00, Poutine $11.00 to $13.00, Soups and Salads $4.00 to $12.00, Waffles $8.00 to $11.00, Breakfast Shots $4.00 to $5.00, Milkshakes $5.00
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