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Jul 23, 2007 12:27 PM

[MSP] Old fashioned ice cream parlor/dessert place that will fit a group (Twin Cities)?

If I wanted to take a group of say, about a dozen, including children of various ages out to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor for sundaes and banana splits and floats and such, where would be the best place in the Twin Cities (preferably St. Paul, though not essential) to do that? Neither Izzy's nor Grand Ole Creamery really has "sit down" space for a group. Other ideas? Or, is this kind of concept long forgotten? If you can't think of an ice cream parlor that will fit a group, how 'bout a place that will be good for just dessert for a group?

Thank you, as always.


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  1. Liberty Frozen Custard!

    There's plenty of seats inside and out, antique video games, and a great vibe.

    Dara's review a couple of years ago really nailed the great gathering aspect of the pace:

    Liberty Frozen Custard
    5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

    1. Grand Old Creamery actually does have sit-down space -- there's a second room, full of tables, adjacent to the main store. I was in there yesterday afternoon and there are a couple of eight-tops that I think would accommodate your group.

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      1. re: mcgeary

        You're right! I completely forgot about that space! Mostly, I remember the standing in line part. Thank goodness for Chowhound.

        Although, Danny's Liberty Custard recommendation is tempting me, too!


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          that's one we've never tried, but have always talked about visiting...

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I would also vote for Liberty. It's such a cute and fun space. Do they do sundaes and splits there though? I've only ever had a blizzard like concoction.

            Can I come to your party TDQ? :)

            1. re: katebauer

              Do they ever! They have great sundaes - according to Dara's story, they ship in their toppings from all over - peanuts from Chicago, other stuff from New York.

              On its own, their custard is fine. Their sundaes are what make the place worth visiting. The blizzard like thingies are probably good too, since they'd feature the toppings.

              1. re: Danny

                I agree with Danny. My favorite sundae at Liberty has chocolate custard, caramel sauce, and roasted cashews. High-quality stuff.

        2. In St. Paul there is Snuffy's on Cleveland, which has a robust malts, sundaes and floats menu. If you are willing to go to Minneapolis, the Malt Shop on 50th & Bryant in Minneapolis might fit the bill or maybe Annie's in Dinkytown. Sounds like a fun party!

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          1. re: gnocchies

            If you go to The Malt Shop, stick to the ice cream items. The food itself is not good.

          2. TDQ, from your description it sounds like you might want table service more than a line out the door, right?

            I can't find a Convention Grill menu on line, but I recall some decent malts and hot fudge sundaes.

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            1. re: KTFoley

              Yes, I was more looking for table service. Funny, that's the second time Convention Grill has come up recently and I'd never heard of it before. (Didn't they get mentioned in the liver & onions thread?)

              Thank you everyone!


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I bet it was the best burger thread.

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  I don't think the Convention Grill's food is that great. I haven't been there in years because I got tired of overcooked burgers and fries that one can get anywhere.

                  The malts and sundaes are done well, but they use commercial ice cream for them, I think.

                  I sort of put the place in line with a Bridgeman's.

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