Two of my favorite lunch companions are my mom and my dad. The only problem with the dining trio is that we all love different menu items – my mom usually goes for a salad, I tend to order sandwiches, and my dad loves anything that doesn’t involve vegetables. So when we are planning our lunchtime excursions, it’s always a bit of a quandary when it comes to a spot that can accommodate all of our tastes and preferences.
Yesterday, I took my folks to Two Wheels Bakery & Café, which neither was familiar with. The eatery is situated close to The Market Arcade, where Buffalo Rising offices are located. Upon walking in, my mom immediately commented on how beautiful the space was. I readily agreed – there are few lunch spots in Buffalo that have as much character. Two Wheels is also very comfortable – the place reminds me of an eatery that would be found in NYC, or Toronto.
From the decoupage tabletops to the delightful menu, Two Wheels packs a big punch for such a streamlined setting. The interior is reminiscent of a trendy cosmopolitan deli, without being pretentious. The seating is comprised of a series of two-tops that can be married together, and there is a relatively new back patio, which opened earlier this summer.
But the best part about Two Wheels is the food.
For my mom, she immediately pointed to The Iris – a salad that is packed with arugula, spinach, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, seasonal fruits and veggies, with balsamic dressing (can be made vegan). Just to be safe, she ordered the dressing on the side.
I opted for the Xandwich – loaded with tuna salad, lettuce, tomato, onion, on soft sourdough bread (baked in-house). For my side, I ordered a side salad, which I ended up piling into my sandwich for an added veggie crunch.
My dad went for the Banana Seat – banana bread French toast (can be made vegan), but they were out of banana bread. So he settled for the Tour de Frenchie – four slices of honey oat French toast, which he liked, but it came with a small ramekin of real maple syrup, which “barely moistened the French toast.” I ended up going to the counter, to ask for another serving of syrup, which they handed over, but even that was not enough for my dad. He said that next time he’s just going to bring his own syrup.
Ultimately, my mom said that it was the best salad that she ever had in Buffalo – she even went up to the chef to say how much she enjoyed it. “Oh… the arugula!”
I loved my sandwich, mainly because the fresh sourdough bread just about melted in my mouth. The bread looked beefy, but was super easy to eat and digest. The added salad ingredients made the meal a home run in my book.
My dad is still grumbling about the lack of syrup – I am going to go out today to buy him a bottle that he can keep in his car for emergencies such as this.
If you are not aware, Two Wheels Bakery & Café is “a dedicated gluten free space.” Everything prepared is non GMO, organic, and as earth friendly as possible (even though I thought I spied some plastic straws). The owners are ready to accommodate just about anyone with a dietary restriction too. This is not a vegan establishment, though there are plenty of vegan offerings. There’s a quiche of the day, granola, a housemade soup, hummus dip, toast and vegan bagels with a number of spreads, eggs, melts, and a BLT, among others. Everything looks and sounds like it’s on the healthier side, which is nice, without sacrificing taste. Oh, and there’s a case filled with baked treats!
While it was a bit too hot to sit out on the back deck yesterday, I can’t wait to eat there when it gets to be about ten degrees cooler. Sitting inside is also very nice, so it’s a win-win no matter where you end up. Two Wheels is the type of place that you want to take people when they come into town, to impress them. It’s set in a gorgeous building, in an up and coming downtown neighborhood. I would also consider it a culinary destination in downtown Buffalo – it’s that impressive.
For a little background on Two Wheels, visit this article.