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ice cream in northern virginia

Any ideas on where to get a banana split or hot fudge sundae (no hersheys, DQ or frozen custard) in northern VA on a Sunday afternoon?

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  1. The Dairy Godmother in Del Ray. Also, 2 places in Old Town right by King and Union.

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    1. re: monavano

      It's not ice cream, it's frozen custard, but I second the rec for Dairy Godmother.... amazing (always get the flavor of the day or a sundae!!)

      1. re: kubasd

        Yup, I realize that. It's frozen custard from a Milwaulkee native. Sherberts and some baked goods too.
        Also in Del Ray in ACKC on Mt. Vernon Ave. They serve Giffords ice cream.

        1. re: monavano

          Neilson's is better than the Dairy Godmother. The founding store is in Salt Lake but the owner of that learned at Kopp's in Milwaukee which is the best of all the Milwaukee frozen custard stores. Neilson's concretes are better than Ted Drewes...

          1. re: Joe H

            Is Neilson's in NoVa? Who is Ted Drewes?

            1. re: monavano

              Church street, one block off of 123 in Vienna. Ted Drewes is a St. Louis landmark which invented the concrete and passionately argued by many to have the best frozen custard on earth. In fact, Kopp's in MIlwaukee does with Michael's in Madison a close second.

              I'm an opinionated impartial observer...

      2. re: monavano

        they have both hot fudge sundaes and banana splits. Both yummy.

      3. I believe you can get that at Lazy Sundae in Fall Church, or Moorenkos in mclean.

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        1. re: chaofun

          Where is Moorenkos? I would like to try it.

          There is an ice cream place in Westover on Washington Blvd where you can get those, but I think Lazy Sundae is probably better.

          1. re: bacchante

            Moorenko's is in McLean on Chain Bridge Rd, between Old Dominion Drive and Dolly Madison Blvd (Rt 123) just past where Chain Bridge Rd. and Old Chain Bridge Rd. split.

            Expensive, but good. Bad place to go to feed a habit. Just ask my stomach and my banker.

            1. re: MikeR

              Moorenko's in McLean is closed. I just called their phone number and the message says that they "have moved locations" but does NOT give the address of the new location. They do leave an e-mail address noting that they "will tell you how to get our ice cream" if you contact them.

              My guess is that they expect to reopen but haven't confirmed the location yet.

              1. re: Joe H

                For the moment, getting their ice cream would involve puchasing pre-packaged ice cream in the freezer departments of, at least, the Vienna and Falls Church Whole Foods. These stores routinely stock the delicious Chocolate-Chili flavor and several others including the slightly tangy creme fraiche flavor.

                To reproduce one of the best desserts I've ever eaten in Italy, begin with a scoop of Moorenko's creme fraiche ice cream, drizzle with honey, especially a less-sweet honey, and sprinkle with pine nuts.

                I'm surprised no one has mentioned Nielsen's in Vienna in the soft serve category. I haven't been there in over a year, but this is a function of calories rather than any criticism of the product.

                1. re: Indy 67

                  Moorenko's is still (as of last Thursday night, anyway), sold at Ray's Hell Burger.

        2. Kline's Freeze on 28 South of Centreville ... almost to Manassas. Open March thru October.

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            1. Toby's Homemade Ice Cream in Arlington, off Washington Blvd. Google them.

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              1. re: tbantug

                Funny, I shop at Ayers and eat at Lost Dog all the time, and I hadn't noticed the ice cream store had changed its name/ownership. The ice cream at the previous store was just so-so, so I didn't give it much notice. We'll have to give it a try soon.

                1. re: Henry Spencer

                  I don't know if the store has changed its name. It may still be called Scoop Beauregard's. But the guy who owns it has finally started making his own ice cream. When I went in there last week, he had three house-made choices: vanilla, coffee oreo, and milk chocolate. He also makes a specialty beer series available at Westover Market. I believe chocolate stout is one of the flavors.

                  Of the three I tried, coffee oreo is the most flavorful. Really nice texture to all the ice creams. This is definitely worth encouraging and the prices are reasonable.