Food Porn: Broadway Market

photo6

I’m glad I went to the Broadway Market when I did in my life…If I would have went 1 year ago, I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much.  Over the last year I have gained an appreciation of the culture of food, but more importantly the culture of Buffalo.  For those of you who do not know, the Broadway market is one of the oldest still running markets in Buffalo (over 100 years old) and was basically the center of life for Buffalo’s large Polish/German immigrant population (and even some Italian).  So, as you can imagine, the market is stuffed with mainly polish foods (sausages, pierogies, crusciki, etc).

The inside reminds me of the Super Flea near the Walden Galleria Mall.  Not that it’s as ghetto (not at all), but it’s cramped with “booths” and stands all over.  Not the most ‘wide open’ of spaces, but the people were steady and constantly moving.  It was an impressive pace, you hardly had to wait in line for a long time.  Inside there are restaurant stands to sit down and eat a good hot meal as well as dessert stands a plenty and deli’s.

We managed to get some food from a restaurant called Jacob’s Cafe (fellow food blogger Libby gave me the heads up on the fried bologna).  So we  grabbed some food (for incredibly cheap) and a seat (Alli used her charm to get us a table).

photo-1

Alli got herself some pierogies (cheese and potato filled) that came with a side of mashed potatoes and sweet and sour cabbage.  All of that for $4.99.  You can’t really go wrong with dough filled with cheese and potatoes with extra potatoes on the side.  The cabbage was also pretty good.

photo-2

I went with the fried bologna sandwich.  While it had a bit too many onions on top for my taste, as to be expected at a polish/german market, it was delicious.  I’ve recently developed a pretty big love of fried bologna and this one did not let me down.

photo-3 We also left the market with a pretty big grocery bag of goods that included a butter lamb (which is just that, butter shaped like a lamb..its an Easter thing I guess), some homemade frozen pierogies, a jar of homemade (and quite delicious) mustard, and of course, some chocolate.  Above you see what is called ‘Charlie Chaplin‘ which is pretty much just a big brick of chocolate filled with marshmallows and various nuts.  Apparently this has been around for a long time (Alli’s grandpa swore by it back in the day) and is sold at many different stands at the market.  They also had chocolate covered peeps, which, sadly, were kinda gross.

All in all it was a pretty cool experience.  Alli gets all the credit for making me go (she went a lot as a kid and knew I would appreciate it).  I guess it is best to go around Easter time for the chocolate, butter lambs, and fresh breads, etc…but the market is open all year long.  While it is not in the best part of town (Broadway and Fillmore-ish) there is a really great parking ramp (that’s free and spacious) and the actual market is very nice inside and definitely worth the trip.

Jacob's Cafe on Urbanspoon

5 thoughts on “Food Porn: Broadway Market

  1. Hey I have a pic of those Peeps which I’ll post later in the week. I had lunch at Persion’s, and sat at the old counter in my grandfather’s old stool on Thursday ;-) Jacob’s is my next stop. The menu looked pretty good.

    Years ago, the Market used to be so crowded on the days preceding Easter that you could barely move. And it was just about all food, none of the Tshirts and flower wreaths stuff. And I remember the days before “taking a number” where you had to fight and jostle at the meat stands. Sometimes my grandmother would catch the eye of the favorite butcher and he would sort of sneak us in trying to ignore the bitching from the other Polish grandmothers. My grandmother would always give her favorites a dollar tip at Christmas, and they would remember her. She was just about treated like royalt by those guys. Yes, it was a long time ago.

    Then in the mid 1960s I think, those Take a Number things came about. And if you missed your turn you were absolutely screwed and had to take another and start all over again ha ha. It was controlled chaos at it’s very best and I’ll bet some of those vendors went home hoarse from the shouting.

    There was absolutely nothing in the world like the smell of the old place, a sort of a combination of smoked kielbasa, fresh meat, fresh bread, horseradish, and Easter lilies. The Easter lilies – there used to be hundreds of pots of them for sale, and that’s where we always got ours. In those days, there were farmers in the back outside parking garage too. Some had live chickens andrabbits.

    What memories the place has for me.

  2. did you get to check out kelly’s country store (the greatest place in WNY for easter) there? they have a small site there now just for easter chocolates. http://www.kellyscountrystore.com/market/broadwaymarket.html i’m planning on going to the store in grand island and relive the childhood experience.

  3. Jillian

    My grandma used to buy butter lambs, they scared the crap out of me.

  4. Katy

    Couldn’t go wrong with this place! I’ve lived in wny all my life and I’ve been going to buffalos broadway market since I was a lIttle girl. I love the fun time you have and the great food. The people are extremely nice! It’s m

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>