The WNY milkshake joints that bring Buffalonians to the yard
Depending on your personal taste, the milkshake is the quintessential beverage. Assuming that you clicked on this post with that belief in mind, you’re in good company. Welcome. We’re to help you find the best WNY Milkshake Joints in existence.
Milkshakes have been around since the late 1800s. Back then, they were considered an alcoholic drink with the inclusion of whiskey (that’s another post for another day). The milkshakes we all know and love were popularized by Walgreens employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson in 1922. WNY has fully embraced this delectable beverage and they aren’t going anywhere.
It isn’t hard to whip up a good milkshake. As long as it doesn’t have toilet bowl water in it, chances are it’s halfway decent at the very least. However, it’s difficult to make truly excellent shakes – shakes that are hard to put down. Shakes that are so good, you drink them fast enough to make you start wondering whether you really drank them or if global warming is increasing at such a rapid pace that the atmosphere now evaporated your shake into thin air. If you want the really good stuff in Buffalo, here’s where to find it.
For this list, we are excluding locally and nationally-owned chains. Sorry, Anderson’s, Checkers, Chocolate Bar, Dairy Queen, Louie’s, SPoT, Sonic and Ted’s, but you didn’t make the cut. That isn’t to say each of these chains doesn’t have a rightful place in The Great Milkshake Debate. However, we are looking for more unique, one-of-a-kind shake experiences. Shall we?
3261 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park / (716) 675-0264
Open: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
*Cash Only Alert*
For any true milkshake connoisseur, a pilgrimage to Taffy’s in OP is an absolute must. With over 100 flavors of milkshakes (they’re called “Moo’s” here), it can be tough deciding which one (or several) to choose.
Moo’s are categorized into several areas, including chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Their regular size is $5.34 and their quart is $7.99. Believe us when we say these shakes are a lot bigger than you might think at first glance. You can add malt for an extra $0.50 and extra thickness for $1. #thisishowwedo
On top of their vast milkshake selection, Taffy’s has hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and more. Just be sure to bring cash, as it is cash only.
5981 Transit Road, Depew / (716) 684-2376
Open: Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Since 1915, Antoinette’s has been proudly serving delicious treats to Western New York. Their shakes come in 11 different flavors for $4.75. Double thick shakes are $5.75, and you can add bananas, malt, or whipped cream for $1 each.
Not only does Antoinette’s serve milkshakes, but they also have a great sundae selection, as well as various chocolates and other candied treats.
The Pink Cow
13119 Broadway, Alden / (716) 937-9590
Open: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Tucked into a plaza in the town of Alden, The Pink Cow has over 15 great milkshake flavors. We tried their blueberry shake when we visited and were impressed to say the least. The blueberries were mixed into the shake to give it the perfect amount of flavor, while some fresh blueberries were left unblended throughout – which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The unblended blueberries made for a fruity shake experience similar to that of bubble tea. Not to mention, The Pink Cow had a stellar playlist running through their speakers just before close.
Patrons of The Pink Cow can enjoy their shakes at any of the fitting cow-spotted tables or take them on the go with their convenient drive-thru window. Smalls are $4.25 and larges cost $5.50, with the addition of hard ice cream or extra thickness costing $0.85.
2805 Delaware Ave., Kenmore / (716) 877-4485
Open: Sunday 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Formerly known as Condrell’s Candies, King Condrell’s is a Western New York classic with an old fashioned ice cream/candy shop atmosphere. Vintage photos involving favorite ice cream and milkshake treats adorn the walls at Condrell’s, which surround a spacious sitting area. Visitors have the option to order take-out or sit and be served their selections.
With 70 different flavors to choose from, Condrell’s was recently voted for having the best milkshakes by Buffalo Spree. We tried a KING KONG (32 oz., $6.95) huckleberry shake here, which was more than enough tastiness in one glass. Regular-size shakes are $5.25, malt is an additional $0.65 and extra thickness is another $0.95.
On top of shakes, Condrell’s also offers a wide selection of stuffed animals, candy, sundaes and much more.
Red’s Hot Dogs
634 Main St., East Aurora / (716) 652-2222
Open: Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Red’s Hot Dogs is a quainter spot to grab a milkshake, located right behind Taste café. The décor is reminiscent of America in the 1950s.
For $4.95, customers of Red’s can get one of 22 refreshing flavored milkshakes. Each milkshake comes topped with real whipped cream.
Frosty’s Ice Cream
5500 Broadway St., Lancaster
2424 George Urban Blvd., Depew
(716) 866-5899 or (716) 697-1812
Open: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
While the locations aren’t the biggest, their menu makes them a whole lot bigger. With over 52 milkshake flavors and two locations, it’s hard not to like Frosty’s.
Besides milkshakes, Frosty’s serves their own “Arctics,” generous scoops of ice cream and much more. The Lancaster location even has a wooden school bus and fire truck for kids (and maybe some adults) to play and enjoy their treats in.
Lake Effect Diner
3165 Main St., Buffalo / (716) 833-1952
Open: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Aside from incredible food, Lake Effect Diner offers over 25 flavors of shakes ($5.50 each). Some of the less common ones, such as Loganberry, Hawaiian and PB and J can be found here. They even have low fat shakes for those looking for the goodness of a milkshake without all the calories.
99 Fast Food Restaurant
3396 Bailey Ave., Buffalo / (716) 836-6058
Open: Sunday 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Alright, maybe these aren’t technically milkshakes, but they’re still worth trying. One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Buffalo also has some “milkshakes” worth mentioning – most notably, the avocado shake. 99 Fast Food Restaurant serves Vietnamese fruit smoothies and they’re incredibly good. Some are served with condensed milk or yogurt, so that’s close enough in our book.
Major Cool Off
361 Dingens St., Buffalo / (716) 685-2425
Open: Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Major Cool Off offers 14 different standard milkshake options, including an interesting watermelon flavor ($3.95 each, malt is an extra $0.35). They also have a “Super Sundae Shake,” which is a thick milkshake topped with the customer’s choice of sundae ($5.25). Tax is not included on any menu items.