Food Porn: Hibbard’s Custard

So back when we visited Bertha’s Diner, I had mentioned that I was part of a panel to help decide winners for a “Best Of” issue of a local magazine.  Well that magazine was the Buffalo Spree for their annual “Best of Buffalo” issue and I walked away from that meeting with a fairly large “to do” list.  Some of these restaurants that these foodies (who have way more experience than I do) were raving about I had never even heard of, so I knew I had a lot of catching up to do.

I had never heard of Hibbard’s and quite frankly wouldn’t have been able to tell a person how to even travel to Lewiston, but when Alli and I saw the Black Keys perform we knew that after our dinner we’d make a stop at Hibbard’s.  I knew from my work on the “Best of” issue and from just asking around on twitter that the ice cream was going to be good but what I didn’t realize was my views of soft serve ice cream would change so drastically.

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This place is not easy to see from the street, unless you are specifically looking for this humble ice cream stand you’d probably miss it.  And then you’d be missing out on some amazing homemade custard.  The closest thing I would compare it to would be Abbott’s, which has finally entered Buffalo (technically Orchard Park) after being very popular in Rochester.  Abbott’s custard definitely has a creamier texture and better flavor then most soft serve ice cream stands but it doesn’t compare to Hibbard’s.

Alli and I both ordered our cones (I believe “medium”) and had to act quickly, these things were dripping all over the place from the second they were handed to us.  But the mess was worth it, I ordered the Black Cherry (recommended by our foodie friend Christa) and absolutely loved it.  The texture alone (incredibly thick and creamy) of this custard would put anything else to shame but the richness of flavor is what really stood out; they have flavors that you would normally never find at a soft serve stand (when have you ever had cookie dough custard?).  Alli ordered her typical chocolate and both of us were extremely happy.  They scoop their custard (its not from a machine) which I thought was really cool.  And while the actual presentation of the ice cream, the location or the servers (mostly high school kids) is nothing special, all that really matters is the custard.  I feel like I could never fully enjoy regular soft serve again, nothing can be as creamy and delicious as the custard at Hibbards.  It’s hard to describe unless you’ve tried it, but honestly, it’s not even in the same category as the mostly watered down soft serve you can get at your local ice cream stand.

I think we only ended up spending less than $4 (I believe they only take cash) for both cones but I would have paid three times as much.  After we finished our cones and made our way to Artpark all I could think about is who would appreciate this place and how quickly I could bring someone to Lewiston to try it out.  For a lot of people, Lewiston isn’t exactly around the corner and it takes a bit of driving to get there.  But if you are going to any of the free concerts this year at Artpark or you just want to spend an afternoon walking around (its really a lovely little town), you need to make sure you make a stop at Hibbards.  It may change the way you think about soft serve ice cream as well.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Hibbard’s Custard

  1. Those of us from Lewiston have a vigil every April, waiting for Hibbard’s to open for the season. If we someone hosing down a picnic table we drive by every hour until we get that first scoop. It’s hard to describe but the closest thing I have ever gotten to real gelato in Italy is the black raspberry. Don, the next time you go be sure to have at least two different flavors on one cone and have your favorite on the bottom of the cone. I ask for a scoop of chocolate then a scoop of black raspberry but creamsicle and vanilla are fantastic, too!

    Enjoy!

    JudeTheFoodie
    BelowTheFalls.com

  2. I grew up in Lewiston and summers were filled with hibbards. I now live in florida and miss the food from back home all the time. You my friend are holding the only ice cream that I ever order, the black cherry.

  3. I am salivating. I NEED TO GO THERE ASAP.

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