551 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: (716) 434-4411
Fax: (716) 434-9649
Bars & Cafes
This old-fashioned ice cream stand has been operated by John and Nannette Frey since 2000. The Freys are members of the Great Lakes Ice Cream and Fast Food Association and the National Ice Cream Retailers Association. Their motto is Frey’s - where every day is an ice cream day. Enjoy ice cream treats like soft custard cones, sundaes, milkshakes, arctic swirls, smoothies, and more while sitting on their covered patio under the awning or in their park-like backyard that has a four-car wooden train for kids to play on. For a real treat, try their soft custard with one of eight flavors of Flavorburst dip. Get one of their ice cream cakes for your next birthday party or special occasions. Frey’s also has ice cream by the pint or quart and ice cream sandwiches to take home. Sign up for their e-newsletter and get monthly updates about weekly and monthly special offers. The store is closed from October through February.
Cheryl and Terry Krentz operate this ice cream stand which is located near the bike trail along the Erie Canal and the Amherst Museum. They offer 40 flavors of ice cream, along with frozen yogurt, sherbet, shakes, floats, and sundaes. You can eat on the deck or at one of the tables or benches located on the lawn. Some of their more unique ice cream creations include a freshly baked apple pie sundae and a brownie monster sundae. They offer live music periodically during the summer. Join their bumper sticker club and you can get a free cone. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This café features Italian pastries, homemade gelato and sorbet, specialty beverages, and a small lunch menu. They have between 60-70 recipes for their frozen confections that they rotate, with about two dozen flavors in the case on any given day. The name of the restaurant, Sweet Melody's, draws on the fact that many of the employees are college students that major in either voice or music. At any given time they might take a break from their duties and break into song or play their instrument. Lunch includes panini sandwiches, along with a few other sandwich selections. Beverages include coffee, cappuccino, steamed milk, tea and smoothies. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Buffalo is definitely a hockey town; just go to any bar during a Sabres game and you'll see that. The Center Ice Sports Bar and Grill, located in a small strip plaza in suburban East Amherst, is a great place to watch a Sabres game or any other sporting event for that matter. Another clue that this is a hockey-themed bar is all the hockey memorabilia and photos on the walls. The sleek bar is dwarfed by the huge TVs hanging near the bar. However, this is a family-oriented sports bar, so feel free to bring the kids as anyone under 12 can order from the special Penalty Box menu. While everything on the menu is a good choice, including burgers, sandwiches, and soups, chicken wings are the most popular item, and are made using Anchor Bar original wing sauces. There is a happy hour most days, and live music is featured on many Friday nights. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This restaurant has long been considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the Greater Buffalo Area. Among the house specialties are spaghetti carbonara, homemade rigatoni, chicken marsala and a Friday-only calamari dinner. Located in Getzville, close to SUNY at Buffalo North Campus, as well as the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel, it claims local families and business people who go out of their way to dine here as tried and true customers.
This popular cafe sits inside an 1829 building which once housed the Clarence Center Post Office, hence the name. They serve a variety of coffees and specialty beverages, as well as gourmet Panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts. In warmer weather, you can sip your coffee on the cafe's wrap-around porch and if you have children you can order from their menu some favorites like PB&J and grilled cheese for the little guys. Beverage selections include regular and decaf coffee, espresso, specialty coffees (for example, their rich white chocolate mocha), smoothies, milkshakes, tea and Chai. Wine and beer are also served, along with liquored coffees and frozen drinks. Live music adds a nice touch to Friday and Saturday evenings. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Feel-Rite is a local health food chain that features a large selection of organic foods, fresh organic produce, supplements, vitamins, natural bath and beauty items, books on nutrition and much more. If Feel-Rite doesn't carry a health product, it probably doesn't exist. The Transit Road and Maple Road locations also have a juice bar and deli that features many vegetarian items. Stop by and check out Feel-Rite if you are looking for a healthier way of life. -Christine a. Smyczynski
This Irish bar at first glance appears to be authentic, where you'll think you've walked into a Dublin pub until you realize you're actually in a place called Tonowanda. Nonetheless, patrons will still hear the Irish brogue in the friendly voices of the waiters and barkeeps. On tap, they ply the usual suspects like Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's, Boddington's and Magner's (Bulmer's in Ireland) and the menu has American/Irish favorites like nachos, onion rings, lamb stew, stuffed haddock and that Western New York favorite, 'beef on weck'. This hand-sliced roast beef sandwich between a kimmelweck roll is according to some, one of the best in the city.
This bakery and café features delicious pastries, cookies, tartes and other desserts. They are also well-known for their ornate wedding cakes, which are tasty as well as beautiful. Entrées include salads, like Cobb salad and julienne salads, as well as café sandwiches served on fresh-baked, hand-sliced bread. breads include sourdough, sun dried tomato, whole wheat, all grain, sour rye and white. There are several panini sandwiches to choose from, including roast beef and marinated chicken. They also have a selection of gourmet wraps, egg sandwiches and quiche. A variety of coffee and espresso drinks are served. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Hurricane Bar & Grill attracts hoards of patrons because of its delicious food and drinks. This place is ideal for those who like to drink, eat, play and have fun. The menu offers some delectable grilled food and fish dishes. You can play pool here, groove to great music, enjoy your favorite match on the big screen or simply savor the food. The decor of this place is typical to that of a pub with contemporary posters, wooden furniture and an extensive bar. So make sure you mark this place on your weekend agenda.
Located within the Buffalo Marriott Niagara hotel in the Amherst business district, this upscale restaurant presents award-winning cuisine under the watchful eyes of world-renowned chefs. Main-menu dishes include filet mignon with grilled portobello mushroom and grain mustard sauce, seared Atlantic salmon, and linguini with shrimp, roasted chicken, asparagus, scallions and mushrooms in white wine. Perfect for both the power luncheon and the leisurely after-shopping meal, the restaurant combines ambiance, good food, innovative cocktails and excellent service for a tantalizing dining experience.
This suburban martini bar, located in a shopping plaza, is popular with the over 40 crowd. This location has hosted a number of bars and lounges over the years, and offers a quiet atmosphere where people can sit and talk with friends. It has a spacious interior with a sleek bar. Blu offers a limited tapas-style menu which includes wings and bacon-wrapped scallops. The drink menu features martini drinks, though you can also order beer and wine. Live music is featured every Tuesday night from 9p until midnight. -Christine A. Smyczynski