Poppyseed: Consistently Consistent

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013

If you have never heard of the Poppyseed Restaurant then you probably don’t spend much time shopping the McKinley Mall area. This is the go-to spot for a quick bite before or after shopping.  According to their website – “Since 2000 identical twins Sherry and Shelly Biscaro with longtime friend Marina Ciesla have been cooking up some delicious food at the Poppyseed Restaurant. The Biscaros are Buffalo, New York natives and have been working in the restaurant business as early as eight years old.”

I’ve been here a lot, not because I like to shop- I DON’T, but I do get to the area. We were there for a weekend lunch.

At the risk of sounding sexist, the Poppyseed is a big favorite for women. They have excellent salads and a very consistent program. The timing is always good, and the product is always repeated… day after day, month after month.  You always get a booth at the Poppy Seed if you want one, because all but one spot is a booth. Consistency may not be exciting, but judging by the crowds I’d say it’s pretty profitable.

Food: The food here is mostly salads and sandwiches with a few “dinner” entrees sprinkled here and there. Many of the menu items would allow one to infer healthy eating, if one were easily convinced. I have not tried their desserts but they look fantastic, particularly the Carrot Cake.

For entrees we ordered:

Popeye Chicken Wrap – Fresh spinach, black olives, diced tomato, marinated strips of chicken & feta cheese in a warm garlic herb wrap. ($ 11). As always the wrap came…as always- neatly put together, everything where it should be and it tasted good. Most wraps and sandwiches come grilled. If you prefer not just ask.

Salad – Grilled chicken with goat cheese, craisins, diced walnuts, mandarin oranges and spinach ($ 11). Every salad is served with a grilled pita and choice of dressing. Dressings include: homemade poppyseed, yogurt garlic dill, greek or blue cheese, ranch, salsa ranch, cusabi, low-cal vinaigrettes, balsamic or raspberry. As always my date loved it.


Alt. Menu Items:

Hummus & Tapenade
Black olive & pepperoncini tapenade & chickpea hummus served with grilled pita points -$9

Popeye Chicken
House recipe marinated chicken over garden fresh spinach, diced sun-dried tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, artichoke hearts & walnuts. $11

Moroccan Tuna
Jamaican Jerk marinated Ahi Tuna steak over spring mixed greens with red roasted peppers, diced tomato, black olives & blue cheese crumbles. $15

Black Forest (Sandwich) – Grilled pumpernickel bread with warm oven roasted turkey, melted swiss cheese, diced walnuts, freshly sliced apples, raisins & 1,000 Island dressing $10

Baja Chicken Penne –Fresh strips of chicken sautéed with sweet roasted red peppers, spinach, onion & black beans in a pesto cajun cream -$18

Gorgonzola Cajun Chicken – Cajun grilled breast topped with mushrooms, spinach & gorgonzola with a side of steamy rice pilaf- $17

All dinner entrees are served with a house salad or a cup of soup. Pasta choices include: whole wheat penne, linguine, penne rigate & gluten free spaghetti (made with corn flour). Their kitchen will accommodate gluten-free.

Scene: A nicely decorated, slightly feminine and busy restaurant, perfect for the quick bite or light meal.

Beverages: They have a reasonably good, somewhat short, list of wines and beers.

Service: Consistently good.

Clientele: Excited shoppers.

Final thoughts: Rarely exciting but never disappointing – maybe because I’ve had everything at least twice. Time for a menu freshening? With that said, the food is good, the salads are excellent, and you always know what you’re are going to get.


Misc. Info:

(716) 824-0075

3670 McKinley Parkway Blasdell, New York 14219

Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                Fri & Sat 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
                Sun 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM



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