Earlier this week I was delighted to stop at the recently opened Hearty House at 2181 Clinton St to grab lunch on the go and it exceeded every expectation! Hearty House has been operating as a catering facility and has now entered the retail business with a customer facing, cafeteria style operation.
You have the opportunity to try each item before purchasing, and the tasting makes it even more difficult to decide because they are all so delicious. My lunch companion (Mom) and I ended up with the Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomato and Pepita salad with is mixed with an Ancho Chili Vinaigrette, an Ahi Tuna, Snap Pea and Watermelon Radish salad with Ginger Vinaigrette, the Louisiana Sweet Potato soup and the Tomato Basil Bisque. This was topped off with a refreshing Cucumber Mint Lemonade. Each item was delicious and made with fresh ingredients. The flavors in each were complex and perfectly matched.
The prices for salads ranged from $2.75- $5.75 for a four ounce serving and the soups are priced at $3.75 for 12 ounces and $4.99 for 16 ounces. There are also some “hearty fare” options including Turkey Chili, Creamy Macaroni & Cheese, Beef Stroganoff which are offered for $4.50 for a 12 ounce serving and $5.99 for a 16 ounce service. Apple & Bacon Pulled Pork are $3.00 for 4 ounces and Honey Lime Chicken Thighs are 2 for $3.00.
Although we opted to order in person, there is also an option to order online in advance and pick up. The owners added that there will be more recipes rotated in over time, so be sure to check back regularly.
In addition to a satisfying, healthy and tasty list of offerings, Hearty House has partnered with Food Bank of WNY. With each purchase you have the option to round up your total to the nearest dollar, with the difference being donated to the food bank. Each dollar that is raised provides six meals to a family in need in Western New York.
You can follow Hearty House on Facebook, Instagram at @heartyhouseny and Twitter @heartyhouseny.
Their website is www.heartyhouseny.com and they can be reach by phone at 716-322-0067. Hours: M-F 11-2
Thanks to Nicole Cooke for giving me the heads up about the Grand Opening!