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

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
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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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