Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor
legendary
Worth driving from anywhere!
Save

Lake Effect ice cream tastes great. I say that because it’s all too easy to get one’s head in a spin over the unique and exotic available flavors (mascarpone peach, black sesame, whiskey brown sugar) or the fact that so many ingredients are locally sourced. Those are wonderful qualities, but the bottom line is that this ice cream is delicious. Simple vanilla (actually not so simple; it’s made with vanilla from the Blue Mountains of Southern India) and chocolate (it uses a proprietary cocoa blend) are not the least bit overwrought. They’re ideal versions of the basics.

Many available flavors are distinctly Buffalonian: loganberry reflects the city’s passion for the sweet, slightly tart fruit juice; Paula’s Donuts — a  beloved local bakery — is represented in Paula’s Red Velvet and Paula’s Glazed Donut flavors; frozen hot chocolate reminds you of Buffalo’s population of extraordinary chocolatiers. Sponge candy ice cream delivers what Buffetbuster described as the “distinct sponge candy/molasses flavor” of the city’s favorite candy.

Artisan sundaes include all sorts of unexpected toppings: chocolate-covered potato chips, biscotti, truffles, fry cakes, cookies and crisps from local bakeries. Ice cream cakes also are available — nothing like what’s dished out at Carvel. For example, Strawberry Cheesecake Crumble is cheesecake ice cream, strawberry puree, vanilla ice cream, and shortbread crumbs, its sides covered with shortbread crumble from Chrusciki Bakery, its top decorated with fresh strawberries.

Original location is at 79 Canal St. in Lockport.

 

 

What to Eat
Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream, Ice Cream
Ice Cream
Must-Try
Flight of 5: Loganberry, Paula's red velvet donut, salty caramel, vanilla, chocolate
Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream, Sponge Candy Ice Cream
Sponge Candy Ice Cream
Must-Try
Cool taste of Buffalo: sponge candy ice cream
Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Must-Try
Telltale specks of vanilla bean from the Blue Mountains of southern India
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday4pm - 9pm
Tuesday4pm - 9pm
Wednesday4pm - 9pm
Thursday4pm - 9pm
Friday4pm - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Swan Street Diner

    Buffalo, New York

    Buffalo’s Swan St. Diner is an impeccably restored 1937 Sterling dining car serving hash house classics made with 21st century brio. Must-eat: hot mini-donuts.

  • Elmo’s

    Getzville, New York

    Elmo’s is a Buffalo sports-bar tavern popular among locals and college students, known to wing fanciers for its grilled-and-double-dipped treatment.

  • Mammoser’s Tavern

    Hamburg, New York

    Hot wings with peppery bite make this Hamburg, New York, tavern an essential stop on the Buffalo Wing Trail. Bourbon BBQ wings also are a standout.

  • Bar-Bill Tavern

    East Aurora, New York

    Gorgeous (and delicious) Buffalo wings and masterfully built beef on weck sandwiches put Bar-Bill Tavern on the must-eat list of western New York.

  • Kelly’s Korner

    Buffalo, New York

    Pub grub means wings n’ weck at this late-night drinking hole. It’s a locals’ place that has been serving Buffalo classics and pouring beer since 1967.

  • Mike’s Candy Shop

    Cheektowaga, New York

    Of Buffalo’s many great candy shops, Mike’s is among the best. Sponge candy is superb, as are the city’s unique Charlie Chaplins, made with fresh marshmallow.