Summer in the Buffalo, New York area is the perfect time for ice cream, and you can get the best ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, and other delicious frozen confections at these Amherst and Clarence area ice cream shoppes. These locally-owned parlors feature Buffalo-made products, some of which are produced on-site.
Anderson’s Frozen Custard (www.andersonscustard.com) – seven area locations in Erie and Niagara Counties, including 2369 Niagara Falls Blvd. (716-691-8970) and 6075 Main St. (716-632-1416). Anderson’s first custard stand opened in 1947 on Kenmore Ave., relocating to a bigger stand on Sheridan Dr. in 1953. Both Anderson’s frozen custard and hard ice cream are made in-house using original family recipes, and the seven stores all have a diner-style atmosphere. Anderson’s also features a variety of ice cream cakes and pies that will please guests at your next dinner or barbecue. Personal favorite – Lemon Ice.
Uncle G’s Ice Cream (www.unclegsicecream.com) – 7030 Washington in Pendleton (716-471-8501). Just outside the Amherst border in Niagara County, Uncle G’s is a family-operated business serving hometown-made Perry’s Ice Cream, custard, and other frozen confections. Located in a prime spot near the Erie Canal Bike Path and the Amherst Museum, Uncle G’s is the perfect place to stop, have a quick treat on the patio, and continue your walk – you may even stop again on the way back! Personal favorite – Perry’s Snickerdoodle Ice Cream.
Pautler’s Drive-In – 6343 Transit Rd. (716-636-1690). Pautler’s has been a Clarence tradition since 1958. Serving Perry’s Ice Cream, premium frozen custard, and thick frosty milkshakes made with custard, Pautler’s is not only the home to great food and delicious treats, but to one of the Amherst/Clarence area’s best cruise nights, Tuesdays starting in May and running throughout the summer. Take in some classic cars, stop in for dinner, and leave with dessert!
Coaster’s Ice Cream Parlor and Sweet Shop (coastersicecream.com) – 2860 Niagara Falls Blvd. (716-694-0075). Coaster’s is a recent addition to the list of summertime stops, but serves Perry’s Ice Cream, specialty sundaes, and lunches at “The Midway Cafe” all year round. Also host to a local cruise night – this one on Saturdays – Coaster’s is near Ellicott Creek Park, making it another terrific place to stop during or after a refreshing summer walk. Frozen treats include more than 20 different sundaes, ice cream cakes and sandwiches, and – soon to be added to the menu – Lake Effect Ice Cream, a local company making flavors like Crystal Beach Loganberry, Frozen Hot Chocolate, and Root Beer Float.