Hertel Avenue has become one of the coolest places in the region to order a cone, dish, shake or sundae. From funky ice cream parlors, massive portions of frozen goodness or sundaes made from the ingredients of tons of local businesses, here are three brand new places to satisfy your sweet tooth on North Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue:
Churn Soft Serve, 1501 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Connected directly to the Taco Factory, this super hip ice cream shop is more than just ice cream. Sure, you can get super smooth grass-fed milk ice cream like vanilla and malted chocolate, but you can also get coffee-flavored and vegan coconut ice cream. Plus their cones and sundaes are off the walls bonkers, topped with cookies (Cookie Monsta), fruitty cereal (Technicolour Toucan), spicy brownies (De La Lloyd) and churros. What’s more, the Churn team worked with the talented coffee lovers at Tipico to make sure each cup, espresso and affogato is on point. And it sure is!
Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream, 1488 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
The creatively Canadian minds behind Allen Street Poutine have brought not only their unique pairings of hand cut French fries and delicious toppings to Hertel, but also their monstrous sundaes and shakes, appropriately named “Freak Shakes”. We’re partial to the Chocolate Mouse and the Birthday Cake.
The first is a mason jar filled to the brim with a peanut butter-chocolate ice cream milkshake and topped with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate syrup, smashed peanut candies and adorned with two peanut butter cups resembling mouse ears. The latter is the perfect way to celebrate another trip around the sun – a vanilla ice cream milkshake topped with whipped cream and a sprinkled cupcake, lit candle and all. It’s your birthday wish come true!
Lake Effect Ice Cream, 1900 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
When the owners of Lake Effect Ice Cream, school teachers and friends Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi, started making ice cream as a form of friendly competition, never did they imagine their scrumptious flavors would be such a big hit. But with their second shop opening on Hertel last summer, their popularity is the furthest thing from a fluke.
These guys love their hometown and it shows in their ice cream, with sponge candy, loganberry and Paula’s Donuts ice cream flavors, in addition to locally themed sundaes using ingredients from Public Espresso, Blue Table Chocolates, Chrusciki Bakery and Elm Street Bakery. There’s even a sundae for Hertel’s crown jewel – the North Park Theatre!
Bella Mia Chocolate Shop, 1096 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Specializing in another patented Buffalo sweet, sponge candy, Bella Mia is a Buffalo confectioner that does it right. In addition to sponge, Crystal Beach candies and a large assortment of imported candies from Europe and beyond, Bella Mia also dishes out generous scoops of Perry’s ice cream to enjoy while you shop.
Hanna’s Frosty Treats, 140 Taunton Place, Buffalo
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Hertel strip, Hanna’s Frosty Treats is a classic summertime ice cream stand. Open seasonally, North Buffalonians have been flocking to get a cool treat from Hanna’s for years. Whether you’re looking for a chocolate vanilla custard twist, a plethora of local Perry’s Ice Cream flavors or traditional frozen sweets like floats and banana splits, Hanna’s will have you leaving with an ice cream covered smile on your face!
Tip: Hanna’s is a cash-only operation.