10 Affordable And Delicious Restaurants To Bring Your Parents When They Visit
Lifestyle

10 Affordable And Delicious Restaurants To Bring Your Family To When They Visit Ithaca

Ithaca is definitely a foodie's paradise!

350
10 Affordable And Delicious Restaurants To Bring Your Family To When They Visit Ithaca
luna street food Facebook

.

1. Luna Street Food 

Luna has an awesome variety of food. They have everything from pineapple teriyaki wings, crab Mac and cheese, and classic gyros. Globally inspired, the flavors in Luna's food are to die for. The prices are pretty average, and the service is always fast and friendly. And for when you're families not around - it's great for drunk food. They have deep fried cookie dough, stay open until 2 am AND deliver! Recommendation: short rib mac and cheese or bacon smoked gouda mac and cheese (pictured above)

2. Bickering Twins 

This is a new restaurant in Ithaca that serves authentic Mexican food at amazing prices. They have Taco Tuesday every week which includes three of their tacos for only $10! They have gluten free tortillas for those with allergies, and tons of vegetarian options. The drink specials are incredible and if you love anything and everything about Mexican culture, you will love the ambiance of the restaurant. Recommendation: Al Pastor taco (pork and pineapple) and their fresh guac!

3. Ithaca Ale House

Meat lover's paradise. Another one right in the commons, this restaurant offers huge burgers of all varieties as well as a myriad of beers. They have other food, of course, salads, flatbreads, but their burgers are to die for. Be prepared though, if you eat a burger here, you probably won't have room in your stomach for anything else all day. This is also a great place if your dad wants to catch the game in between visiting activities:) Recommendation: If you like spicy, try the El Inferno burger, and if you don't, try the That's Just Wrong burger!

4. Waffle Frolic

The most ~hipster~ on the list, this waffle bar in the commons is a must-visit! Before you graduate, you have to take your parents! You pick and choose if you want a single or double waffle, then add as many toppings as you want. It's like Chipotle or Subway, but for sweet breakfast food and for less than 10 bucks! The lines can get really long on the weekend, especially during parents weekend or big festival weekends, so make sure you get there either really early, or kind of later in the afternoon, so you're not waiting out in the Ithaca cold. Recommendation: Topping your waffles with some Purity ice cream:)

5. Thompson and Bleecker

This place is brand spanking new, and very popular among students. They are known for their Neopolitan pizza, but also carry some popular Italian antipasti (appetizers) which makes this new jersey Italian girl very very happy:) They have a huge variety of pizzas including the classic Margherita pie and a prosciutto and arugula pie (Ummm, yum!) Most pies run for about 15 dollars each which is pretty affordable for some good Italian food, in my opinion. Recommendation: I actually haven't been here yet, but I have heard nothing but good things!

6. Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill is a lovely, more casual, diner-like restaurant right by campus. Their food is always incredible whether you're there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Right by Rogan's corner, it's easy to get to and has the best prices out of all the restaurants I mentioned so far. What's also great about Sunset is that, if you go at the right time, while it's still nice out, you can sit outside and see Cayuga Lake from your table! This was the first place in Ithaca my mom and I ever went out to eat and we fell in love. Again, a really friendly staff and always accommodating. Recommendation: I always get the buffalo chicken sandwich, but when I'm in the mood for breakfast I get the 2+2+2 which is 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, and 2 breakfast sausages!

7. Ithaca Beer Co.

This may be an option for upperclassmen more than underclassmen, but it's fun regardless of whether you can drink or not. Ithaca Beer Co. is a brewery/restaurant so it has a really fun vibe to it. They have a lot of options for IPA's if your parents are into craft beer. They have really great bar food, and regular dining food as well. If you go while the weather is still nice, you can eat in the beer garden! They have huge tents and lights and a fire burning to set the mood. It's far from everything else in Ithaca, but it's worth it! Recommendation: cheddar ale soup with four cheese grilled cheese

8. Boat Yard Grill

If you love seafood, this is the place to go. This is a little more pricy, but it's worth it! The restaurant is right on the lake- it's absolutely beautiful. Sometimes you can even see the Cornell rowing team at practice! They have burgers, seafood, and even some sushi! This restaurant doesn't take reservations for some reason, so if you're planning on hitting it up on the weekend, check their busy hours on google before heading out. This is another favorite of my family's and I's. Recommendation: lemon garlic shrimp and grits

One time we came here and our entire party's meals came out before mine, and because of that, they gave us a free appetizer! SOOO nice!

9. Taste of Thai

If you like to try new things, or already really like Thai food, this is a great place for a family full of adventurous eaters! There is a regular restaurant, and also Taste of Thai express, and they both have incredible, authentic thai food. Of course, a lot of it is spicy and full of flavor, so if you're not big on having your tongue on fire, maybe try somewhere else! They are known for always having fast service. Recommendation: firecracker shrimp

10. Purity Ice Cream (Dessert!)

Okay, so obviously Purity is not a restaurant. It is an ice cream shop, but it could not be omitted from this list. This is the best ice cream I've ever had okay? It is homemade and creamy and delicious and you NEED to go! Move-in would be a great time to take your parents here because Ithaca is still hot and gross so ice cream makes more sense. The staff are very nice and very efficient. This place also normally has some long lines, but they always keep it moving. Recommendation: sleeper's awake coffee ice cream- coffee ice cream with bits of mocha fudge!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Everything You Need To Know About Macronutrients, Because A Diet Should Be More Than Calories

Pay attention to what you're eating, not just how much you're eating.

Plenty of people are familiar with the "calories in, calories out" (CICO) method of dieting which can be used for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. This method relies on calculating a person's total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) to ensure that they are not overeating or undereating to achieve their desired weight. TDEE considers a person's height, weight, age, gender, and level of activity to determine what their caloric intake should be — some calculators can factor in body fat percentage as well. When I used a TDEE calculator online, it said that my TDEE would be 1,990 calories if I was trying to maintain my weight, but are all calories created equal? I'd argue that they're not.

It might seem obvious to some of you that 1,990 calories of macaroni and cheese are not healthy at all compared to 1,990 calories of varied foods (fruit, veggies, meat, bread, etc.).

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Just Because You're Asked To Be In A Wedding, Doesn't Always Mean You Should Say Yes

If you can't invest time, money, and YOURSELF, maybe say no to the offer for the bride's sake!

Being in a wedding is a really big commitment. I personally think if you've never been in one before, you don't understand the time, money, and energy that goes into being a part of it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

If I Unfriend You During The 2020 Election, Yes, It's Personal

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden's plans for Black America matter.

The Black Lives Matter movements have sparked widespread conversations and protests across the nation. With justice not being served for the murders of innocent Black people like Breonna Taylor and absolutely no support from President Donald Trump, this upcoming election is quite important.

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're turning 18, 26, or 34, it is quite normal to find yourself looking for "Mr. Right" — or whichever title prefix relates to you. As someone who is in a similar situation, I've started forcing myself to become aware of my actions and decisions when it comes to any romantic interests — it hasn't been easy in the slightest!

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're in an unhealthy relationship currently, you know someone who is, or you just want to have these numbers saved just in case it could one day save someone's life (if not your own), this article is for you. Here are three numbers to save in your contacts ASAP so you can always be safe, both physically and mentally, in every relationship.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Dear Closeted Latina,

You were never alone.

Remember how the Latin world got rocked when Ricky Martin came out?

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

I'll admit it, when I first met you, I wasn't sure how well things were going to work out. Although I didn't know you that well at the time, we seemed to be opposites in almost every way. You were cool, edgy, and laid-back, and I was more awkward, goofy, and anxious.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

It wasn't until I hit 23 years old that I started getting hangovers. It could've been from two glasses of wine or even a margarita at happy hour, the next day, consider me bed-bound until further notice.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments