Best places to stress-eat near campus

By Sydney Bucholtz

Features Editorfood

There’s almost no room left in the “Wednesday” section of your agenda for this week because it’s filled with six homework items haphazardly written in all-caps, with an increased number of exclamation points depending on the recency of the entry.  Nonetheless, you attempt to record an assignment in the fraction of available space, using the only writing utensil you have: a half-used pen with no cap that you found in the tunnels.  There is an sense of inundation of obligations for today alone, let alone reminders for the end of the year, as well as the circulation of the “It’s gonna be May” meme, each, in their own manner, alluding to the approaching of finals season.  While there are truly viable coping strategies for stress accessible through Canisius, students have additional options, and they line the streets of Elmwood and Hertel.


Globe Market (762 Elmwood Ave.)

Strolling up the front steps to this restaurant has a similar feeling to entering a family member’s home during a holiday fueled by delicious foods.  The display case presents a plethora of fresh pastas, rich cakes, and homemade pies, and the combination of any of the soups and wraps on the menu makes for a well-rounded, comforting, homey experience in the midst of studying.

Sitting at a wooden table with colorfully-painted, ornate chairs, one can relax in the warm rays of sunlight beaming through the series of windows which line the front of Globe.  This establishment is the spot for a hearty sandwich on a lunch break and Globe is well-known for its variety in this regard, including the Grilled Brie & Apple, the Portobello, the Classic Grilled Cheese, Grilled Cheddar & Tomato, Chicken Quesadilla, Cuban Reuben, Red Hot Burrito, Grilled Veggie, and BBQ Pulled Pork.  What’s more to provide for slight stress relief is that none of these sandwiches exceeds $7.95.

Wasabi (752 Elmwood Ave.)

In addition, if one desires to mix-and-match their meals, Wasabi Japanese Restaurant on Elmwood is another ideal location for creating one’s own characteristic combination. Whether you choose to split a 2-person table with a friend from class or you need a little alone time, Wasabi’s menu of sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, classic rolls, and house specials allow for one to sample multiple options if they choose.

Wasabi is ideal for trying new types of rolls, as well, and plates are conveniently portioned such that friends can try some of each other’s dishes.  A few of the restaurant’s most interesting plates include the Salmon Skin (six rolls for $4.75), the Boston (six rolls for $5.25), Wasabi Cake (House Special Rolls for $12.95), the Rainbow (House Special Roll for $10.95), and the Eel Avocado (sox rolls for $5.25).  A surprisingly complementary combination is the Crunchy Spicy Crab (six rolls for $5.25) and the Eel Avocado.  The avocado softens and neutralizes the initial spice and flavor of the crab roll, all the while providing a space for a tranquil meal off-campus, away from fast-paced work.

Mac’s on Hertel (1435 Hertel Ave.)

After a long day in a study session, working on a group project, or writing an emotionally-charged paper on the quiet floor, you might feel the need to treat yourself slightly extra.  Times like these, or those that extend past this, could call for a more upscale dining experience, in which case Mac’s on Hertel provides the perfect atmosphere.

Having the ambience of a high-class bar from the 1920s, the two floors of Mac’s strive to provide diners with the appearance of Hertel Ave. a few decades into the twentieth century.  The eatery even showcases a mural on the entire side wall of how the street appeared in the 1920s.  It has comforting, delicious food at an extremely high quality, particularly even in sides like the seasoned french fries.

One of the more well-known customer favorites is Mac’s Everything Mac & Cheese, which features shrimp, chicken, and bacon in a four-cheese sauce, with peas, sun-dried tomatoes, and a bread crumb topping.  There is also an option to add lobster to this dish which, if requested, truly brings one out of finals mode and into a place of comfort through a rich, high-quality, filling meal that one can use to power through the next hours of studying.

Elmwood Taco & Subs (937 Elmwood Ave.)

This vibrant establishment is arguably a staple for college students in the city of Buffalo. Although it is now situated about a mile from the Canisius campus, Elmwood Taco & Subs was first located on the corner of Elmwood and West Delavan when it was created in 1975.  The mission of the original restaurant’s owner, Ron Lucchino, has always been to “provide Buffalonians an alternative to traditional fast food,” and ETS holds true to this today, serving up a vast degree of delicious subs, tacos, quesadillas, and burritos.

Conveniently, these selections also are cohesive with the average college student lifestyle in regards to budget and on-the-go nature. With tacos and burritos falling between $2.50 and $5, and hot subs at only around $10, students don’t have to be induced into spontaneous financial stress in this establishment, either.  ETS’ menu also provides the optimum degree of spicy deliciousness and portability, such that a student can bring a burrito and chocolate milkshake — even a square cookie cake, if they’re feeling it — anywhere they need to be this spring semester.

Just because the spring semester slips through students’ fingers more quickly than the fall does not mean that mental sanity and eating habits also need to follow suit.  Granted, it is encouraged to study hard and finish strong in the home stretch, but rewarding oneself with breaks and full meals are equally as important in order for students to succeed.  So please work hard, but also work smart, and make sure to save time for some snacks.


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