My New Neighborhood Market

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Aug 23 2010

Springfield has been abuzz about the opening of Bistro Market, the first grocery store in the heart of downtown Springfield. I’ve been particularly interested in its arrival, since it is just a few steps down the street from my office. This is the view from my desk… the roof of Moseley’s Office Furniture, a parking lot, and Bistro Market is on the first floor of the brick building:

The store opened on Friday. My co-workers and I walked through the store and were impressed and excited that it was all so… nearby! For lack of a better term, it’s “cool-looking.” It’s designed well with a big-city atmosphere, yet still feels warm. The Springfield Business Journal has posted some photos of the interior here. We were most excited about having staples such as ice, paper plates, etc. available within easy walking distance! This will definitely cut down on our miles driven when we have office parties.

It was so busy on Friday, I decided to wait to actually buy anything. So I walked down today to grab a to-go lunch from the salad bar. The store was very busy again; the seating areas were all full. However, I stepped right up to the counter and ordered and paid. I was in and out of the store in under five minutes. The salad bar had a great selection of fresh, high-quality ingredients. I made my salad with pear chunks and pecan halves, along with a little shredded mozzarella, bacon bits, carrots, and ranch. It. Was. Delicious. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill salad bar. They also have fresh fruit and sides like pasta and potato salad. (Blueberries + cottage cheese = yum.) I remembered to snap a photo about halfway through my salad:

The only downside was that the salad was a bit more expensive than what I usually pay for the salad bar at Dillon’s grocery store. However, you pay by weight at Dillon’s, whereas Bistro Market charges a flat fee. Theoretically, you could load up that to-go box with as much food as it could hold. Also, the time and gas I save by just walking down the street makes up for the extra cash expense at Bistro Market.

I have a feeling I will be eating many lunches at/from Bistro Market. Between the salad bar, deli, and hot food bar, it’s almost like downtown Springfield workers have their own company cafeteria! I’m looking forward to getting to know my new neighborhood market better. Judging from the crowds on the first few days, it will be around for a long time.