Globe Market has been a fresh food standby in the Buffalo area for years, with its salads winning “best of” awards since as early as 2005.
Its Elmwood location has survived the institution of a Panera across the street, and while it did close its downtown Main Street storefront earlier this year, an Amherst Street spot is in the works for this spring.
For a quick weekday lunch, both the Hertel and Elmwood avenue locations offer a delectable selection of homemade soups, fresh sandwiches, salads and a deli case with both sweet and savory treats.
We stopped in to the Elmwood location for a late lunch, warming up with the lunch combo ($8.95), which includes half a sandwich and a soup, half a sandwich and half a garden salad (pick any specialty salad for an extra $1) or half a garden salad and soup.
Globe Market makes all of its bread fresh daily, which is used for a wide range of sandwiches. Soup also is made daily, and usually features a vegetarian or vegan option.
We tried a cup each of the spicy sausage and butternut squash and butter bean soups, as well as chipotle turkey and Caprese sandwiches. All sandwiches are made to order, so ingredient additions and subtractions are always honored. The soups came steaming hot with a slice of bread for dipping. Each was flavorful and true to style, the perfect warm-up for a chilly day.
Sandwiches came out shortly thereafter, each on thick-cut untoasted bread. The tomatoes on the Caprese were a bit mealy, but as flavorful as can be expected this time of year. The fresh mozzarella was a generous slice with snappy basil and enough balsamic dressing to give it some zing, without turning the elements soggy.
The chipotle turkey comes with roasted turkey, provolone, chipotle bacon and mesclun greens on a baguette. It’s a satisfying, meaty presentation with all the fixins for a hearty midday meal. Both sandwiches came with a handful of tricolor tortilla chips.
Everything on Globe Market’s menu falls under $10, a real bargain for a weekday lunch stop, with fresh ingredients served with a smile. The staff always has been friendly and helpful when we’ve visited, and the atmosphere is welcoming, inviting guests to sit down and stay awhile, maybe over one of the complimentary newspapers by the door.
In the midst of the weekday grind, Globe’s health-conscious comfort food is a beautiful break.
Where: 762 Elmwood Ave. (886-5242)
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Where: 1416 Hertel Ave. (783-9955)
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Wheelchair accessible: Yes