Amherst Location – 2369 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228
Price: $ / Cuisine: American
The History of Anderson’s goes way back. I mean wayyyyy back – like to 1946 when Carl and Greta Anderson opened Anderson’s Frozen Custard in the Bronx. After a bout of homesickness for Buffalo that so many Western New Yorkers can relate to, the pair returned to open another custard stand on Kenmore Ave a year later.
From there the brand expanded to include more stores and the next generation of Anderson’s who continue to serve OG offerings like all natural roast beef on weck and their signature frozen custard. In the 1990’s they began making handmade ice cream, hard frozen yogurt, and sherbet and began expanding their menu to become what Anderson’s is today, almost a local version of a fast food chain with integrity and a serious brand loyalty.
It’s possible that when you hear of Anderson’s you think of ice cream and ice cream only. And while that’s understandable, you should know that it’s good for so much more. Looking for quality, consistency, and substance without having to spend an hour or two on a meal? Stop at Anderson’s. Kids in tow? This is the place to go. They’ll love it, you’ll love it, and you’ll be eating local all the while. You can get a full meal here, eat inside or outside, and not have to worry about your kids disrupting things if they get up to walk (let’s be real – run) around.
Like I said, it’s not all rainbow and butterfly sprinkles atop sundaes here. Sure, the ice cream menu has that and then some, including the aforementioned handmade custards and ice creams, Specialty Sundaes, Arctic Swirls, and Milkshakes. The lunch and dinner menus features comfort food like All Natural Roast Beef sammies, sandwiches, fries, Barbecue Beef, Burgers and hot dogs, fish dishes, salads, and of course, a killer kids menu.
On a recent visit to the Niagara Falls Blvd location after a school play (cliche – I know) we tried a variety of menu items from sweet to savory and loved them all.
For dinner we ordered:
All Natural Roast Beef Sandwich, 3 oz– Described as “Our famous, all natural and award winning roast beef is slow roasted daily, and freshly sliced when you order. served with our savory au jus, salt, and pepper on your choice of roll: the famous Kimmelweck, kaiser or whole grain”.
We got two of these, one on a Kaiser Roll and one on a Kimmelweck Roll. Both were great, here’s how to choose – if you’re looking for a healthier option skip the added sodium and go with the Kaiser Roll, if you want to go traditional Buffalonian try the Kimmelweck. Both are fresh, large rolls making for a nice neat sandwich handling experience. The beef itself is cooked just right and they let you choose the condiments you want while ordering including horseradish, ketchup, relish, bistro sauce, pickles, etc.
All Natural Chicken Sandwich with Lettuce & Tomato on a Kaiser Roll – Juicy, tender, all natural white meat chicken flame broiled to perfection.
This sandwich is served on another soft, fresh roll. The chicken is great quality, cooked just right, and is a great size for the price. This is more like something you would make at home versus a chicken sandwich you might get at a fast food restaurant.
Sahlen’s Charbroiled Hot Dog – Locally owned Sahlen’s smokehouse hot dog char grilled to perfection, and served on a bakery fresh roll. Add your favorite fixings to make this all-american favorite your own tasty creation.
Perfect for kids and adults alike, no matter the season. Naturally charbroiled is the only way to go.
Side of Fries – Nothing is more classic American than a steamy hot side of fries. Anderson’s uses fresh Idaho potatoes to create delicious additions for any meal.
Personally these are a little bland for my taste, but that’s not to say other people wouldn’t love ‘em. They do make a great vessel for malt vinegar.
For dessert we ordered:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Passion Specialty Sundae – Two scoops of handmade chocolate peanut butter ice cream smothered in our unforgettable peanut butter topping, decadently rich hot fudge, a chewy peanut butter cookie and topped with whipped cream & Reese’s peanut butter cups.
This was super good and also super large. It was topped with every peanut butter sweet you can think of. Six words: handmade chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
What is Healthy Options Buffalo?
Anderson’s is a member of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.