Originally published October 2017
Freshly squeezed juice hasn’t always seemed like the most appealing thing to me — who wants to drink beets and celery?
Turns out, I do. If you haven’t jumped aboard this bandwagon yet, give it a chance, you’ll be surprised by just how refreshing juiced vegetables and fruits can be. Plus, these drinks have powers — whether you’re looking to detox, boost your immune system, or gear up for the day, there’s a juice with a cure. There are so many options across the Buffalo area, but here’s a list of great go-to places so you always know where your nearest juice-fix is, in no particular order.
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WEBSITE / Ellicott Square Food Court, 295 Main St., Buffalo
We’re in a Food Revolution, according to The Grove, and that food revolution involves choosing local and “organic-first” whenever possible. But we’re also constantly struggling between giving in to that quick and easy fast food meal for convenience. This healthy lifestyle thing is a struggle, but The Grove gets us. Their juices are super tasty, affordable, and convenient — they even offer a regular delivery service for our hectic lives.
The Healthy Scratch
- LECOM HARBORCENTER – 75 Main Street #4, Buffalo, NY 14203 – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
- ROSWELL PARK: Carlton Street at Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14263
- BUFFALO GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER: 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
The Healthy Scratch’s owners are firm believers that what you eat will have an impact on your mind and body, so they want to help you feel great inside and out by providing you with healthy, fresh options you can trust. Whether you’re going for energy, weight loss, or immunity, they have an easy key to follow alongside all of their drinks like “Loving Life” and “Hang Me Out to Dry,” so you know exactly what your body needs.
Squeeze Juicery is passionate about being more than just a cold-pressed juice bar — the owners are dedicated to helping you become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself. Using organic ingredients and buying locally as often as they can, they are devoted to caring for the environment, the community, and their customers. On that note, everything on the menu is sure to be just as brilliant as their names, from “Smooth Operator” (aloe, pineapple, ginger, and lemon), to “Under the Milky Way” (almonds, cacao, dates, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla) and “Good Vibrations” (orange, cranberry, pineapple, and apple). We don’t even need their “Love Potion #9” (strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple, and coconut water) to fall in love with this place — but we’ll take it anyway.
WEBSITE / 3030 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, New York / 716-874-MOJO
From the owners of Organic 3 Cafe in Snyder (now closed) is a new endeavor. The family owned cafe and neighborhood market is located in the heart of the Village of Kenmore and is dedicated to sourcing local produce and featuring products made in Western New York. Their menu consists of juice, all day breakfast, salads, wraps, smoothies, coffee, tea, and espresso.
WEBSITE / 6445 W Quaker St, Orchard Park / (716) 346 – 6539
Yes, that is an “Activated Charcoal Lemonade” juice (pictured above), a surprisingly great detox drink. If you’re not quite ready to drink activated charcoal, Green Eats has plenty of charcoal-free juice options, like their October Breast Cancer Awareness special, “Pink Juice,” cold-pressed with strawberry, beet, lemon, and apple. They also offer juice cleanses, perfect if you somehow got a little off track over the weekend. LOL
Ashker’s Cafe and Juice Bar
- Ashker’s Elmwood – 1002 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222
- Ashker’s Black Rock – 414 Amherst St Buffalo, NY 14207 (unsure of open status)
- Ashker’s Downtown – 69 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14202 (unsure of open status)
- Ashker’s In The Park – 1 N Meadow Dr Buffalo, NY 14216 (unsure of open status)
Choose from one of their freshly pressed juices, canned each morning in mason jars, or pick one off their menu to be made just for you. They also have a bunch of other great (and healthy) options, like slow-cooked oats, sunrise quesadilla, and a tofu bean burrito, in case you’re looking for something a bit more filling.
Kornerstone Cafe & Juice Bar
Kornerstone is the first cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar to come to East Aurora. With 16 fresh juices regularly offered from the juice bar, including Liquid Sunshine, Booster, and Flu Away, they have everything your body may need as the cold sets in. They also brew their own kombucha, which is definitely worth a try if you haven’t tried it yet.
Feel Rite Fresh Markets
- Williamsville – 5425 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221
- Amherst – 1445 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY, 14228
Feel Rite Fresh Markets have 5 locations: Buffalo, West Seneca, Amherst, Hamburg, and Williamsville, but you have to go to their Williamsville or Amherst location to find their 100% Organic Juice Bar. Everything is made fresh daily and most of their products are organic, eco-friendly, natural, local, and 100% organic, so you can feel great about anything you purchase from here.
Welbeze Juice Bar and Eatery
- Williamsville – 454 Evans Street, Williamsville / (716) 632 – 1769
- Depew – 1402 French Rd, Suite 300, Depew / (716) 771 – 1870
You may already know this, but we’ve recently fallen in love with Welbeze. This great cafe and juice bar is owned by a father and son duo who’ve always lived in the Buffalo area. They pride themselves on buying local and providing the most satisfying, freshly-pressed juices they can create. Find out more about Welbeze here or just stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
WEBSITE / 1 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075
In addition to a quaint and cozy modern cafe setting, Prima Cafe’s menu consists of a small but mighty collection of fresh-pressed juices and shots ready to grab-n-go in mason jars. If you’re hungry for a healthy yet hearty meal, try a build-your-own salad or grain bowl, make any salad on the menu into a wrap, and check out their breakfast menu along with other morning beverages.
WEBSITE / 128 Fargo Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 / (716) 248-1373
Khari’s Cafe, located on the corner of Fargo and Jersey on the West Side of Buffalo is a local modern Black-owned café. Formerly known as Khari’s Kitchen, they expanded from their well known juices, of which they offer an array of combos in addition to wellness shots, to now offer coffee, tea, and moderately priced food. They feature other local businesses including coffee from Undergrounds Coffee and Bean Bastards, bread & bagels from BreadHive, plant based & gluten free pastries from Long Weekend Bakery, treat from The Dessert Parlor, and herbal teas from H.E.A.L and Fierce Rev. Remedies among others.
WEBSITE / 4567 Mapleton Road Lockport
Okay, so they’re only open for three hours a week, but they grow a variety of their own produce (primarily apple-pears) and use them to make fresh juices once a week. With juices, ice cream, animals, and holiday activities, this is definitely worth a short Sunday trip. Also, it’s just good to know.
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