Updated March 2020
You may be wondering what the big deal is about The Broadway Market this time of year. The history and quality of products found at The Broadway Market dates back to 1888. And so, I think I speak for market-goers from then ’til now when I say the meats, sweets, cheeses and candies are as beloved today as when the market started and deserve all the hype they get.
A trip to the Broadway Market this time of year is a treat for the whole family. The kind of things of which traditions are made. Samples of cheese, wine, and oils surround market explorers along with toys, shirts, and of course, ribbon crowns. Every Polish princess needs a ribbon crown!
The smell of butter melting on a frying pan fills the air and if you listen closely, you’ll hear the sizzle of Polish sausage and pierogi hitting hot buttery pans. Depending on the day, there may be live music, or peep eating contests, and you can count on shouting vendors convincing you to take a look at their products, including crafts, foods, hot sauces, jams, salsas, and spices.
Just pulling into the parking ramp, the smell of kettle corn fills the air. They’re popping it inside. As you enter the market, you’re greeted with vendors upstairs and an escalator that takes you to a whole new whole downstairs. From there it seems like everywhere you turn, there are excited shoppers and tasty treats. Stop by Strawberry Island Chocolates where they’ll “dip anything in chocolate.” I believe them because I’m pretty sure I saw a picture of a chocolate covered wing on their Facebook page. On a simpler, and probably a much tastier note, chocolate covered peeps from Strawberry Island have been putting smiles on the faces of shoppers for years.
Chrusciki Bakery has fresh treats and bread on display, perfect to pair with your Malczewski’s Easter Butter Lamb. If you’re picking up sausage and pierogi to cook up Easter morning alongside dyed eggs, the proper finishing touches are important. Behold The Broadway Market beet horseradish. A dab of that on a hardboiled egg for breakfast is better than the go-to salt and pepper. Don’t forget spicy horseradish mustard for the sausage!
One of my personal favorite reasons to visit the Broadway Market is the wine. I love to taste test and find new bottles., but I seem to have a hard time buying anything besides the 999 Red from Chateau Buffalo. It’s made with local Concord grapes and loganberry – one of my favorites. Even if you’re not normally a huge fan of sweet wine, it’s a must try.
Another must is a stop by Kissed by the Sun Spices to stock up on supplies for Easter dinner or maybe #grillingseason!
Once you gather all your goodies and make your way through the entire market, it’s time to relax and eat pierogi. Tucked in the back corner, near the grocery store, is a small diner-like section, once called Perison’s, now called Potts Deli, where you actually stand in line and wait to sit down and eat traditional Polish food done right. It may sound weird, but it’s worth it. The Polish sausage is crispy and juicy, the pierogi are perfectly browned and buttery, the lazy pierogi are satisfying and the sauerkraut is crunchy and bold. It’s the perfect ending to your trip to the market.
The market is usually (non-holidays) open Monday – Saturday from 8am-5pm. Special holiday hours the week leading up to Easter are M-W 8a-5p, Th-Fri 6a-7p, Sa 6a-5p, and Mon 8a-6p. Find out more about Easter time at the market here.
999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212