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Stop here for lunch before your hiking adventures in Watkins Glen!
Glen Mountain Market Bakery and Deli is right on the main drag of downtown Watkins Glen, NY. We stopped here for some lunch after our lengthy drive to Watkins Glen. Let me tell you, we were starving. Thankfully, Glen Mountain Market totally delivered and we were feeling satisfied before hiking the Watkins Glen Gorge.
You might wonder, what is a vegan going to get at a small town deli? Well, while Glen Mountain Market has its fair share of meaty menu selections, it also caters to vegetarians and vegans with several different sandwiches and subs, as well as breakfast items. The vegan meals are clearly marked on the menu with a cute rabbit drawing beside them.
The bakery/deli has plenty of seating indoors, as well as a few spots outside – great for people-watching! There is a separate counter where you order the prepared meals. Another counter at the front has all of their baked goods, where we bought some vegan chocolate chip cookies in case we got hungry on our hike. There is a small store as well with their freshly baked bread, as well as locally prepared jams and other condiments.
We each ordered a sandwich from the menu. Mine was called the Sanctuary Sandwich and it had seitan, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and spicy mustard. Justin got the V.L.T.S. – bacon seitan with lettuce and tomato. The sandwiches came with a side of potato chips and a pickle spear.
The seitan was really unlike anything I’ve eaten before (I’ve had seitan prepared various other ways). It resembled cold cuts in this case, and took the place of where the meat would go in the sandwich. The sandwich was really delicious, and their freshly baked grain bread was awesome! The flavors in my sandwich were bold: the horseradish in the spicy mustard was very strong; perhaps I’m just not used to eating that type of mustard, although I’m glad I tried something new.
Before we visited Glen Mountain Market, I emailed them about their vegan selections and they were very prompt in responding to my requests. I was told that they do get very busy around the lunch hour, but they always have the menu items on hand. She even offered to have the sandwiches ready for us if we called in advance; however, we didn’t know what time we would be reaching Watkins Glen. It all worked out as when we arrived around 1:30pm, there was hardly anyone there and our sandwiches were prepared really quickly.
We really enjoyed our meal at Glen Mountain Market. It is right down the road from the Watkins Glen State Park and Gorge, making it a fantastic lunch spot before you go on a long hike. Looking for other things to do in Watkins Glen? Check out my 1 day guide for nature lovers.
Glen Mountain Market
200 North Franklin Street,
Watkins Glen, NY