Sandwiches with names like Elke’s Nutty Creation or The “Other” Nutty might sound a little strange, but here in Allen, locals line up for them at Elke’s Market Café. Nestled in a quaint shopping center known as Cottonwood Creek Village, you might miss it if you’re not from the area. It’s a favorite spot for breakfast and lunch, or picking up an oven-ready meal for the family on the way home from work.
Current owners, Gregory and Kim Casale, have made it their mission to carry on the Elke’s legacy established by Elke Kuby Marsh in 2004. And the menu hasn’t changed much since they picked up the baton in 2020. Gregory and Kim have worked hard to keep the menu balanced, yet modern with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and sides for every palate. They also offer catering services for events with up to 350 guests and can accommodate private dining events at their restaurant complete with a special menu. As a certified wine expert, Kim can provide the perfect pairing for everything on the menu. If you’re from the area, be sure to check out their local Wine Club membership.
When we stopped in, we made sure to try one of the classics and opted for The “Other” Nutty, which is Gregory’s favorite. Let’s just say: it’s worth the hype! This sandwich is a delicious combination of roasted turkey on toasted molasses wheat bread with a smoky almond cheese spread, bacon, candied jalapeños, strawberry preserves, and lettuce. (We left off the lettuce, but it was still out of this world!) If you want a hot sandwich, Kim prefers the Hot Reuben and as you can see, we can vouch for that one too. Add one of their sides like the Honey Nut Broccoli or the authentic German Potato Salad and you’re set! (Okay, get a Texas Chocolate Pecan cupcake. We won’t judge.)
Connected to the restaurant is a market which features a selection of fresh-made dips, jams, local artisanal goods, and more. It’s the perfect grab-and-go stop when you don’t have time to make dinner. Gregory and Kim also say customers buy multiple dishes to stock up freezers for their elderly parents. We’re ready to grab some meatloaf after work ourselves!
Next year will mark 20 years of Elke’s Market Café in Allen. It’s clear that Gregory and Kim are proud to continue the legacy in the community. This café is one stop you will definitely want to make on your trip for an authentically Allen experience.
Visit Elke’s Market Café in Cottonwood Creek Village at 105 N Greenville Ave #11, Allen, TX 75002