The interesting combination of frozen custard and Mexican food that Hank’s serves is something that is unique to Beaver County! At first, the two sound like they have absolutely nothing in common, but Hank’s has been proving that they are perfect complements to one another since the early 1960s!
If you have ever driven the portion of Route 65 between Rochester and New Birghton that is known as “Junction Stretch,” you have likely noticed the building with the large blue overhang that clearly says “HANK’S.” Located right between the Beaver County YMCA and the Power’s Used Car Lot, this Beaver County icon is hard to miss!
It is useful to note that you cannot pull directly into the Hank’s parking lot off of Route 65. You have to either turn at the light by the YMCA or on the other side by the Monro Muffler building and backtrack to Hank’s along 3rd Avenue.
It is also worth noting that Hank’s closes for the winter every year, but they do a great job of posting this information on their sign along Route 65.
The History of Hank’s
Like many of the iconic restaurants of Beaver County, there is a good deal of history behind Hank’s Frozen Custard & Mexican Food. The business was started as Hank’s Frozen Custard back in 1948 by Hank Grosshans. Somewhere around 1960 was when Hank added Mexican Food to the menu.
One of the notable landmarks at Hank’s today is the sign that is designed to look like an artist’s palette. This is meant to represent all of the different flavors of frozen custard available, and it has always been a trademark of Hank’s.
Another notable aspect of Hank’s operation is that there is no indoor seating. This has always been the type of place where you order at the window and then enjoy your frozen custard or Mexican food either at one of their picnic tables or in your car! On many summer evenings, you will find quite a few classic cars parked in the Hank’s parking lot.
There are still two of the original Hank’s Frozen Custard Electro Freeze machines on display in the building, but they are no longer used to make the frozen custard. From 2001 to 2008, much of the building and equipment were upgraded with modern technology to improve the quality and consistency of the products.
The Menu at Hank’s
The Mexican side of the menu at Hank’s features all of the traditional items you would expect to find on an American Mexican restaurant like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and nachos. Most of the Mexican options come with your choice of mild, hot, or el scorch sauce. If you like a little heat, the el scorch sauce is fantastic!
One of the most commonly ordered items at Hank’s is the Taco Value Meal. This meal consists of three hard tacos or three soft tacos with your choice of sauce, accompanied by a 20oz soft drink, all for less than $6. Other popular items on the menu include the Suprema Burritos, Taco Salads, and Fiesta Nachos.
On the frozen custard side of the menu, Hank’s rotates flavors on a daily basis. Depending on the day that you visit, you might encounter flavors like Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Cheesecake, Rocky Road, or Toasted Almond Fudge. They also offer some sugar free flavors like Butter Pecan, Moosetracks, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla.
Like many of the great Beaver County restaurants, Hank’s Frozen Custard & Mexican Food is a summer tradition for many families. You will see many people here telling their children about how their parents used to take them to Hank’s! That is what make this place a true Beaver County icon!