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old fashioned ice cream parlors with old fashioned ice cream sodas, sundaes and banana splits

MarkG Sep 26, 2007 09:16 AM

looking for them anywhere in the 13 state area covered by this board.

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    jardin32 Aug 3, 2008 12:37 PM

    In St. Louis, "Fountains on Locust" is a new ice cream parlor, but looks old and the ice cream is wonderful. The owner did a wonderful rehab on the building and is Art Deco themed.

    1. jberendzen Aug 3, 2008 07:52 AM

      Central Dairy in Jefferson City MO - the real deal. YUM!

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        Wakeley Bridge Aug 2, 2008 07:01 AM

        Knapps Dairy Bar - Main Street Rochester Michigan. True soda fountain also serving killer burgers and season fries.

        Moomers ice cream - Traverse City, Michigan.

        Stevens and Dawsons - Grayling, Michigan

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          vitus979 Aug 2, 2008 06:56 AM

          Lagomarcino's in the Quad Cities, notably the original location in Moline Illinois.


          I believe the Corner Sundry in Indianola Iowa will have what you're looking for as well.

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            Fibber McGee Apr 9, 2008 04:28 AM

            Can't think of the exact name right now, but Ripley, located on the Ohio side of the Ohio River about an hour or so East of Cincinnati (and with a very important role in the Underground Railroad) has an old fashioned ice cream place located right by the river. Rockin' Robins or something like that is the name.

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              sigerson57 Apr 8, 2008 08:41 PM

              Here's a list of Iowa soda fountains I was given a year or two ago:

              Iowa soda fountains:

              Getter Pharmacy
              McMahon’s Drug

              Council Bluffs Drive-Inn
              1130 W. S. Omaha Bridge Rd.

              Des Moines
              Bowder’s Pharmacy

              Stoner Drugs

              Ida Grove Pharmacy

              Mars Daisy Bar

              George Jay Drugs

              Penn Drugs

              In Omaha, the Durham Western Heritage Museum has one in the restored railway station, as seen below.

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                jenniegirl Apr 8, 2008 09:08 PM

                There is a great little soda fountain/candy store in LaCrosse, WI right on the Mississippi River called the Pearl. There is also one in Mantiowoc, WI but I can't remember the name. I think it was in RoadFood though.

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                steveb Apr 8, 2008 08:07 AM

                There is a fin de siecle working ice cream parlor (authentic to my untrained eye) at the Kansas City Museum.

                1. heine143 Apr 7, 2008 12:09 PM

                  Minnesota--Brooklyn Center--50's Grill is the restaurant. Great Malts and poodle skirts and excellent atmosphere, service. And did I mention great malts?
                  Where's the Dairy Queen? She should know the best ones in Minneapolis...

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                    DrWine Oct 25, 2007 01:21 AM

                    Bauder's Pharmacy, Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. Bauder's still makes their own ice cream from "secret" family recipes. They are best loved for their fresh peach and stawberry ice cream made during the season. And with that starberry malt, make sure you have a tuna melt!


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                      SonyBob Oct 24, 2007 08:37 PM

                      The Saugatuck (Mi) Drug Store has a 50's ice cream soda counter with original sodas, shakes, malts, all hand packed. Because it's staffed by high school kids, it only operates on the weekends during school; every day during the summer. These kids are well trained and the sodas are terrific. I'm 64 and they are identical to the ones I used to have at McDaniel's pharmacy in Overland Park, Kansas in the 50's.

                      1. podunkboy Oct 24, 2007 06:57 PM

                        Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 E Douglas, Wichita. 72 years in same location, original soda fountain, blue plate specials. Yummy yummy.
                        11a-3p M-F 8a-5p Saturdays

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                          shopgirl26 Oct 24, 2007 09:25 PM

                          I second that.

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                          KyMikey Oct 24, 2007 07:41 AM

                          Ditto Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis and their huge BLT also.

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                            sausagefinger Oct 23, 2007 03:51 AM

                            Not sure where you are from, but there is at least one in Indianapolis. It's located in historic Fountain Square. They also offer duck pin bowling for recreation.

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                              ladybugthepug Oct 6, 2007 06:06 PM

                              I cannot recommend Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia enough...they are old school all the way. They have an antique cash register, everyone that works there is dressed as if they are stuck in the 30's and they went to great lengths to re-create old favorites. Even there website is cool - www.franklinfountain.com

                              My favorite dish there is an ice cream sandwich - they layer fresh, hot waffles with your choice of ice cream...I always go for maple walnut. This place is a must try if you're in Philly. It's in Old City...if it's nice outside, be prepared for a line out the door.

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                                David W Sep 30, 2007 06:53 AM

                                Mundt's in Madison Indiana-part of the wonderful historic district, as a bonus.


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                                  myplateoryours Oct 7, 2007 06:36 AM

                                  Also not so far from Mundt's: Schimpff's -- http://www.schimpffs.com/

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                                  sigerson57 Sep 27, 2007 01:41 PM

                                  Wilton's Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa, about 30 miles west of Davenport in the eastern part of the state. In business since 1910. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv.... As authentic and old-fashioned as they get.

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                                    cali2ia Oct 25, 2007 10:53 AM

                                    Seconded. I just stopped by there a few weeks ago and had an awesome Black Raspberry Float, where the man that made the float picked the berries. They don't call them floats though... ice cream soda perhaps? I'd call ahead, though. They play it pretty fast & loose with the opening hours.

                                  2. chocchipcookie Sep 27, 2007 10:28 AM

                                    Sarris Candy and Ice Cram Parlor in Canonsburg, PA.-just off 79 south of PGH. Everything is excellent. Been around a lonnnng time. Love the coconut clusters! The sundaes are huge. Good thing I don't live there anymore.....now I am craving it!

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                                      Kelli2006 Sep 27, 2007 10:21 AM

                                      Mary Coyle Ice Cream
                                      780 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303

                                      (330) 253-1511 They are period correct down to the scroll back chairs.

                                      Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor
                                      1401 Fulton Road Northwest, Canton, OH 44703

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                                        michele in kent oh Jul 30, 2008 04:35 PM

                                        We drive from Kent to Canton justs for TAGGARTS!

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                                        boagman Sep 27, 2007 08:42 AM

                                        Ray's Ice Cream in Royal Oak, MI, is one that I think would count.

                                        1. wleatherette Sep 27, 2007 07:30 AM

                                          malley's on lorain road in north olmstead, ohio (a far western suburb of cleveland). it's a famous local name in candy, and there are quite a few branches at this point. the north olmstead outpost is also an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with lots of atmosphere.

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                                            AMFM Sep 26, 2007 07:21 PM

                                            Aglamesis in Cincinnati - they actually have a few locations now but they are the BEST! !!!! especially their sodas as those are my favorite.

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                                              dematteosm Apr 5, 2008 01:56 PM

                                              I completely agree with that one. I had a date take me there when I was going to school in Cincinnati. I love that they bring you a menu for sundaes. And they mix the flavors into the whipped cream to order. Mmmm.

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                                                AMFM Apr 8, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                mmmm... wish we had ANYPLACE like it here in Richmond.

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                                              lrstl Sep 26, 2007 02:43 PM

                                              Crown Candy Kitchen 1401 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO

                                              Homemade ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch...malts served with a glass and the tin for refills. Banana splits with just vanilla ice cream- pineapple, strawberries and a split banana along with whipped cream and crushed nuts.

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                                                JohnnyKBar Sep 26, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                I'm not sure that Crown Candy's really "old-fashioned". It's really just genuine. Semantics, I know. If you can make it, this place is well worth a detour. (Also, get the BLT. Holy cow!)

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                                                  lrstl Sep 26, 2007 07:01 PM

                                                  It opened in 1913. I'd call it "old fashioned." :) How do you consider it not? Really curious. It's handmade ice cream treats at a soda fountain. Juke boxes at the tables (not that they work.) Original tin roof restored after the fire.

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                                                    JohnnyKBar Sep 28, 2007 07:44 PM

                                                    Sorry. Just trying to be cute. I was trying to differentiate between a parlor fashioned to look old and one that's really old and hasn't changed over the years.

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                                                donw9876 Sep 26, 2007 10:46 AM

                                                Village Ice Cream Parlor, Lebanon, Ohio. Featured in a few Hollywood movies as a setting.

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                                                  charlesbois Sep 26, 2007 09:23 AM

                                                  The Parlour in Jackson, MI. (used to be Loud's and then All Star Dairy, but still has kept old fashioned feel, recipes)

                                                  1. coney with everything Sep 26, 2007 09:23 AM

                                                    Caruso's in Dowagiac, MI--they even make candy in-house. Hand dipped ice cream, milkshakes in the silver canister...

                                                    Dowagiac is very non touristy but has some nice lakes nearby.

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