In the 1800’s, dirt and brick roads lined Buffalo’s city streets. Women with parasols and Brocade gowns, and men in sack coats and Bowler’s casually walked about unaware of the economic boom about to happen.
At this time, the city of Buffalo’s northern boundaries stopped at North Street. What lay beyond was a system of parkways and parks. After the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, the city of Buffalo began a resurgence of awareness, growth, and luster.
It was around this time that Elmwood Village started to take shape. Slowly growing into what we know now as an artistic, eclectic community with an ambience decidedly upscale.
Among the many cafes, tattoo parlors, clothing boutiques, and breweries sits some of the city’s greatest up-and-coming restaurants. One such restaurant is Globe Market, 762 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. Since opening in 2012, it has helped change the face of the street. It has also brought an eatery to downtown Buffalo that offers office workers a quick and fresh alternative. Globe Market has expanded to a “Globe to Go” on Hertel Ave, and a new market to open on Amherst Street. While many have written about Globe Market, no one has really hit the nail on the head as to why this place is such a staple, a necessity, and a deservedly elegant dine and dash.
What I love about this place are the fresh sandwiches that stray away from the typical beef on weck, Ham sandwich or Reuben. Creative concepts such as Grilled Brie and Apple or Grilled Chedder and Tomato to Ahi Tuna or Thai Chicken wraps and warm roast beef with melted Brie give a glimpse of the variety of choices.
I started out with warm homemade soup–Butternut Squash ($3.95). Typically when ordering this soup, I found, disappointedly, that it is cream based. Rich, thick, and with more of creme fraiche taste, the squash is usually an afterthought. Yet at the Globe, this sweet and savory dish left my pallet dancing and wanting a bigger bowl.
Thyme and celery are the first flavors that jump out at you, followed quickly by the buttery sweet taste of the squash and light chicken broth. Rounding out the dish are chunks of real, stringy butternut squash. This was a great way to start my meal.
Next on the hit list were the Turkey Club ($8.25), and an eccentric Chicken Salad ($7.95). For the turkey, applewood smoked bacon, mesculan greens, farm-style tomatoes and light mayo gladly compliment the core of the sandwich. It’s a simple sandwich but one that offers a balance of flavors.
For the chicken salad, the reason I use eccentic has more to do with the elements that are mixed into it. Craisins, carrots, shaved (unsaled) almonds, and celery add to the fabric of this salad sandwich. I’ve always been a big fan of craisins in my chicken salad, but it was the olive oil and mayo base that truly round out the flavors of this dish.
Served on fresh whole wheat bread, it was the perfect compliment to my soup. Along with a ginger beer that my husband ordered (non-alcoholic and heavy on the ginger and fizz), we had a perfect view; watching women in their skinny jeans, puffy jackets, and ugg boots, stroll arm-in-arm with their men bundled up in peacoats and faded blue jeans. While it is no longer the age of parasoles and petticoats, Buffalo is on the rise once again, and our new food scene harkens back to an era we should not soon forget.