To Market, to Market to Buy Smoked Turkey Butts? Visiting Buffalo’s Broadway Market

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Carved Wooden Eggs from Poland, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Carved Wooden Eggs from Poland, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

It’s been a long time since I last visited Buffalo, N.Y.’s Broadway Market, the city’s beloved ethnic food market since 1888. When my great-grandmother traveled up from New York City to Buffalo by train in the 1950s to visit family, she enjoyed shopping the market because she could speak Slovack with vendors.

As a kid, I fondly remember visiting during Easter time (1970s and 1980s) and the thrill was seeing butter-shaped lambs. Returning to the market days before Christmas with adult eyes, some culinary delights I saw included placek bread, fresh polish sausage, smoked turkey butts and soul food.

Pig Feet and Smoked Turkey Butts from Lupas Meats, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Pig Feet and Smoked Turkey Butts from Lupas Meats, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

The Eastern European dialects of yesteryear no longer fill the market and there were fewer vendors than I recall but it still seems like the best place for fresh meats, baked goods and Buffalo-centric goodies.

Before the visit, I hadn’t given much thought to turkey butts and never thought about eating one but there they were, a gaggle of smoked turkey butts sitting between raw pigs feet and smoked pig tails at the Lupas Meats counter. Although I didn’t bring back a butt or two to sample, they appeared to be a popular item as I watched hungry customers taking them home.

Lupas Holiday Fresh Polish Sausage, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Lupas Holiday Fresh Polish Sausage, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

What did my family I leave the Broadway Market with? Holiday Polish sausage, a jar of famous ground horseradish, pierogies, and sweet baked goods. Mmm, mmm.

Fresh Pierogies, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Fresh Pierogies, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

The Broadway Market
999 Broadway
Buffalo, N.Y. 14212
Tel: (716) 893-0705
broadwaymarket.org

The food market is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Famous Fresh Horseradish, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Famous Fresh Horseradish, Broadway Market, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2011

Visiting Buffalo and interested in other culinary delights? My article called Quick Travel Guide to Buffalo Food is a great starting point to enjoying flavors of Western New York.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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