Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:29

Another Reason iHeart Oswego: Diverse Cuisine

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In recent years, Oswego has seen a spike in culturally-diverse cuisine that ranges from Thai food to Korean food to Latino cuisine. 

Where I’m originally from, we have myriad choices: Chinese, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, etc. I was afraid that when I went off to college, I would no longer have these choices handy. But to my surprise, I was still able to enjoy culturally-diverse cuisine while also enjoying a different atmosphere than that of my hometown. 

Oswego is home to many locally-owned and operated restaurants, many of which are culturally diverse. Below, I have compiled a list of restaurants that are deliciously eye-opening experiences.Kampai

Kampai Hibachi Steakhouse: Kampai has been an iHeart Oswego favorite since it opened in the summer of 2014. The restaurant, located at 311 W. Seneca St. (Route 104 West), is equipped with two hibachi tables, a bar and ample seating. The menu consists of hibachi, sushi, Chinese and Thai dishes. Check out Kampai’s official Facebook page for more details.

Thai Rose Restaurant: Thai Rose specializes in Thailand cuisine, offering curry, noodle, Thai barbecue and soup dishes. Located at 42 W. Second St., Thai rose is a neighbor of iHeart Oswego. Specialty dishes include Pork Teriyaki, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Ki Mao and Pad Guay Dteaw. Thai cuisine is known for its traditionally spicy taste, so each dish can be made spicy based on their spicy scale from 1 (least spicy) to 4 (most spicy). Of course, their dessert menu also includes sweet delicacies such as Mango Sticky Rice and Banana roll. Check out Thai Rose’s official website for the full menu.

AztecaAzteca Mexican Grill: When you think of Mexican cuisine in Oswego, you quickly think of Azteca Mexican Grill. One of my personal favorite restaurants in Oswego, Azteca offers an authentic array of Mexican dishes, including tamales and tortilla soup. Located at 53 E. Bridge St., Azteca is a locally owned and family operated business that accommodates its customers needs. From Mexican sodas and craft beers to delicious desserts to Margarita Thursday, Azteca is a fan-favorite in Oswego. For its full menu, visit

Canale’s Restaurant: For a traditional Italian meal, Canale’s is a go-to for residents of Oswego and the surrounding area. Nested at 156 E. Utica St., Canale’s offers traditional Italian meals filled with old family recipes. The restaurant makes its own sauces, which are available for sale, and offers a comfortable environment that makes its customers feel like they are home. From pastas to chicken parmesan to specialty pizzas.For more details, visit to view its menu. La Parilla

La Parilla Mediterranean Bistro: La Parilla fuses traditional Spanish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine to form one cultural experience. The restaurant is a big hit among Oswego residents. Not only is the food outstanding, but chef and owner Raymond Jock makes sure La Parilla uses as many locally-grown farm products as possible. For more details, visit La Parilla's official website,

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