Local food finds under $8

By Sydney Bucholtz

Assistant Features Editor

The last six weeks of of the semester is traditionally marked with scattered pieces of paper, an intermittent cold, slight starvation, an empty wallet, a heavy bag, and bags under the eyes, as well.  Luckily, the myriad of local cuisine offers itself as a source of comfort food for Canisius students. However, with these plagues upon the average sleep-deprived, end-of-semester college student, their last preoccupation should be concerning spending more than ten dollars on a decent meal. This week, The Griffin toured the nearby Buffalo streets in hope of discovering an inexpensive local spot with a delicious menu.

Given the options on Elmwood alone, ranging from Caffe Aroma, to Hero Burger, to Ashkers, to Elmwood Taco and Subs, finding a place to satisfy hunger is a simple endeavor.  To add more options to an already widely-ranging group of available restaurants, though, one could also travel a few streets over to Hertel Avenue and experience the vast offerings from Lloyd’s to SPoT Coffee.  Not all of these places, however, accommodate the budget of a college student, but there was one establishment on Hertel that was comfortable, expressive, extremely delicious, and extremely affordable.

Across from SPoT Coffee on Hertel., a new location of Globe Market has set up shop.  As one is walking by the restaurant or approaching the door, the rustic warmth creates an extremely inviting atmosphere, and its location, being only a few minutes from the Canisius campus, is an added convenience.  When entering the restaurant, a customer can be met with the charming sense of natural, but still eclectic, decoration inside.  The air is filled with the aroma of fresh bread and autumn-themed candles, and the walls, covered with a relaxing olive green hue, feature a series of classic posters including “Casablanca,” “Singing in the Rain,” “An American in Paris,” “Mae West,” “The Jazz Singer,” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

The relaxation in the air permeates even further when the prices and food options are noticed.  Not only does Globe Market offer homemade soups, pies, salads, sandwiches, and pastas, but they do so at prices under $10.  For instance, the Grilled Brie & Apples sandwich was a perfect blend of melted French brie and crisp, fresh green apples on a toasted multigrain bread.  It was complemented with a side of tortilla chips and a pickle, although the options for sides could include salad or soup.  The entire dish cost $6.50, an equally satisfying price for a student’s budget.  

Another dish that the Globe executed extremely well was the Portabello sandwich, a savory bite of Portabello mushroom and Swiss cheese, served on a ciabatta roll with garlic mayonnaise, spinach, and balsamic.  This particular dish was also served with tortilla chips and a pickle, and came to a total of $7.95.  

The comfort of the fresh food and affordable pricing in places such as Globe Market helps to slightly lessen the end of semester stress.  Even amidst the overwhelming culmination of tests and papers, the ambiance and overall atmosphere of the restaurant, not to mention the pricing being under $8, gives a new feeling to the idea of dining on a college student budget.

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