The sleepy college town of Norman is full of well-kept secrets. All those familiar with the place have favorite nooks and crannies for eating, drinking, studying, and socializing.
If you go to syrup. on the weekend, you will realize that this eatery is no secret. There’s often a wait for brunch inside the small, rustic breakfast restaurant on Main Street. Normanites know it’s the real deal and gladly line up to experience it.
Opened in 2012, syrup. was inspired by owner Ashley Kennedy’s time spent in Portland. She brought a creative mindset to the breakfast menu and paired it with quality coffee from PDX’s own Stumptown Coffee Roasters in a space that is stylish and comfortable.
Caffeine kickstarts most people’s mornings, and syrup. has lots of options. They have a full-service espresso bar for lattes, cortados, Americanos and the like. They also offer a variety of teas from Kansas City’s Hugo Tea Company. Hugo provides direct trade, hand-crafted, certified organic teas.
With a name like syrup., it’s no surprise that the menu tilts decidedly towards sweets. Several kinds of fluffy concoctions are available, such as the famous Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and the Red Velvet Waffle, both of which are divine combinations. Another option, The Waffle Sundae, is exactly what it sounds like: a velvety Belgian waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
Their most popular dishes are the Crunchy French Toast and the Morning Glory. The French toast is made from challah bread baked fresh at Norman’s own Waving Wheat Bakery and then rolled in cornflakes and grilled to perfection. The Morning Glory is a full breakfast on one plate, a classic waffle topped with your choice of eggs, bacon, or sausage, and also creamy Tillamook cheddar from Oregon.
Aside from their standard menu, syrup. has begun offering a rotating seasonal menu. This gives them the opportunity to experiment and play with ideas conceived by the staff as the seasons change.
syrup. is more than just breakfast, however. They operate with a higher purpose: to have global impact. Instead of collecting profits from the business, Kennedy makes sure the money all goes to orphanages, disaster relief, sustainable community development, and other charities. With each tasty bite of bacon or pancakes, you’re giving back to your community and others near and far.
> syrup., 123 E Main, Norman