Stella’s Diner

Review by: billyboy

My mother’s boyfriend put me on to Stella’s Diner, a busy place in Syracuse, NY. He’s been going there with his uncle every Friday for years, for the jambalaya special. I went there for breakfast with my family on a Sunday and there was a line out the front door, always a good sign. The decor feels as though it’s trying to be a diner, but just ends up being reminiscent of one instead. There are cardboard cutouts of Betty Boop pinned to the wall, but the layout and size of the space don’t have much of a diner feel to them (although the stools at the counter get high marks).

The real test of a diner, for me, is the menu. Here is where Stella’s has some real hits (and some misses). They serve breakfast all day and any place that does that is OK in my book. My first visit, I had a breakfast platter with some of the most amazing potatoes I’ve ever tasted. They’re not hash browns, but not quite home fries either. They are sliced thin ala scalloped potatoes, then cooked on the flattop griddle with onions. The result is somewhat crispy, soft, with great potato texture and amazing onion flavor. I devoured them, barely coming up for air.

On a recent trip, I opted for a roasted turkey dinner, a good test of a diner. It succeeded for the most part. The turkey was moist with lots of flavorful gravy and a rightfully herby dressing. It came with the necessary cranberry sauce. The “from the can” corn was nothing special; I opted for those good home fries instead of mashed potatoes. Not a good choice; mashed potatoes are a perfect complement to a turkey dinner and my sister’s skin-on mashed that came with her hot covered turkey sandwich were pillowy, soft yet chunky and were well seasoned with butter and salt. Unlike the home fries at my previous breakfast, these were overcooked, chewy and tough. Hopefully, an aberration. The spiced apples (extra charge) were amazing! They were hot, with lots of cinnamon, and cooked down till soft. They made an excellent foil to the savory elements of my dinner.

My girlfriend opted for the jambalaya: chicken, shrimp, sausage with tomatoes, creole seasoning and, I think, okra over rice. I tried some, but wasn’t terribly impressed. Stella’s has a number of Cajun/Creole items on the menu along with the diner classics (club sandwiches, smothered dinners, omelettes). I just think I’m not a fan of Cajun/Creole food. I’d definitely go back to try their eggs and pork chop breakfast, the hot covered turkey sandwich, or the fretta breakfast which is like a frittata stuffed with various meats, vegetables, and cheese.

Directions & Hours

6am - 2:30pm
  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM

What To Eat

Roast Turkey Dinner


Hot Turkey Sandwich


Chocolate Milkshake

The Godfather

Tuna Noodle Casserole


Stella’s Diner Recipes


What do you think of Stella’s Diner?

One Response to “Stella’s Diner”

Red Red

February 13th, 2011

The gravy-covered hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes was among the best I’ve tried. I chose corn as one of my sides and was happy the kernels were crisp and not mushy. The portion was big enough for two people to share. No waiting to sit at the counter.


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