Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The food and familiar faces keep people coming back again and again to one of the most unique sandwich spots in the Southern Tier, Nezuntoz.
Nearly nine years ago, Christopher Taylor, the owner of Nezuntoz, made the move from Endwell to Binghamton's south side. He said it's one of the best decisions he's made in the restaurant business.
This week on Dining Out, WBNG's Haley Burton, a south side resident, joined Dave Greber at Nezuntoz.
Nezuntoz is a casual dining restaurant where you will see many familiar faces. Patrons keep coming back, whether it's for fair-trade coffee or a sandwich on your lunch break with co-workers or friends.
"There's a lot of regulars that come here that we have a great rapport with. We have that relationship with them where it's not just about being a customer. They've become our friends over time," said Taylor.
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The menu board at Nezuntoz is as colorful as its selection. The menu is filled with sandwiches, paninis, homemade soups and pastries. 80 percent of it is made from scratch, in-house.
"There's a lot of restaurants in this town that are the same, and I always wanted to be different than that, just separate out from that and be your own entity, you know, try different things," explained Taylor. "We're always trying different things, seeing what works, what doesn't work."
For our meal, we started with the jalapeño hustle, which comes on the bagel of your choice. It is smothered with jalapeño cream cheese, salsa and melted cheddar cheese. It's a filling meal that works for breakfast or lunch.
Dave and Haley also dug into the bird of paradise salad, which is the perfect bite of summer. It has grilled chicken, crumbly blue cheese, onions, parmesan, walnuts, craisins and mandarin oranges. It is served with Nezuntoz' homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
The restaurant's most popular sandwich is the hungry hiker, which is also Haley's favorite. It's a panini grilled with sliced turkey, muenster cheese, fresh-cut avocado and bacon aioli.
"One of my favorite things that I tell people all the time, when this place is full of people, and you kind of step back, you know, and go, God, I've created something that people really enjoy, and it kind of gives you that feeling of, you know, of 'wow, this is pretty cool," said Taylor.