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Softserve ice cream closer than Dairy Joy?

yumyum Aug 10, 2009 02:13 PM

I'm asking for a friend who NEEDS a soft-serve ice cream cone with jimmies. Of course I know of Dairy Joy in Weston, but is there anything great and closer?

Any chance Toscanini has soft serve? They have fro-yo and sorbet, but soft serve?

Thanks for leads.

  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 10, 2009 02:16 PM

    Two choices, in order of recommendation:

    Kell's Kreme on Revere Beach Parkway, a block or so north of Kelly's. The single best soft-serve cone I have ever had.

    Celebrity in Watertown. Closer still, and nearly as good.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
      yumyum Aug 10, 2009 02:20 PM

      I was hoping you'd chime in here Barmy -- I recall you having strong opinions about the topic. :-)

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
        Velda Mae Aug 11, 2009 04:55 AM

        There is now a Kell's Cream in Swampscott.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          catsmeow Aug 11, 2009 09:38 AM

          Kell's Kreme hands down. My 2nd and 3rd and 4th favs(in no particular order) are the ice cream/florist place on rt 16 in Everett and the soft serve place on Adams St in East Milton on the way to Quincy across from Montillios and Ron's in Hyde Park..

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          bear Aug 10, 2009 02:24 PM

          yumyum, Carvel on Eastern Ave. in Malden has pretty creamy soft serve, so far the creamiest I've found. The vanilla at Louie's on Broadway in Somerville is also quite good. I didn't try the chocolate since the machine was broken.

          I find that both are richer (i.e. seem to have more actual butterfat) than Dairy Joy or Celebrity in Watertown (no fried clams, though). I'm assuming both have jimmies.

          Here's a post with lots of options, although not too many close to you.


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          1. re: bear
            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 10, 2009 02:28 PM

            There's an actual Carvel store around still?

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
              bear Aug 10, 2009 02:42 PM

              Yup. The setting isn't exactly relaxing since it's right on busy Eastern Ave., but the ice cream is still pretty creamy and the vanilla has a pretty natural taste. The chocolate flavor is decent, although I'd like it a bit more chocolatey. We like Celebrity, but find Carvel a bit richer.

              Here's link to the three Mass. stores:


              Meanwhile, I have to get to Kell's Kreme. My husband in particular is a real soft serve fan, and it sounds really good.

            2. re: bear
              Gabatta Aug 11, 2009 04:44 AM

              Do they still have Fudgy the Whale??

              1. re: Gabatta
                bear Aug 11, 2009 04:48 AM

                Sorry, forgot to check! Next time...

                1. re: bear
                  Ralphie_in_Boston Aug 11, 2009 01:12 PM

                  never mind Fudgie the Whale, I want to know if they still have Cookie-Puss!

                  1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                    StriperGuy Aug 13, 2009 07:00 AM

                    Cookie Puss and Fudgie, aaaah just rotate the ice cream mold 180 degrees and they are in fact the same.

                    This place in Salem does a pretty good frozen custard:


                    I haven't tried it, but what about this place in Arlington: www.thechillycow.com

                2. re: Gabatta
                  rebeccacceber Aug 12, 2009 07:53 PM

                  yes they sure do!

                  1. re: rebeccacceber
                    Gabatta Aug 12, 2009 08:56 PM

                    Love it! Those commericials bring back memories.

              2. galangatron Aug 10, 2009 03:21 PM

                there is also dairy maid on broadway in everett

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                  jmf2188 Aug 10, 2009 04:32 PM

                  Truly Yogurt in wellesley is delicious - i literally go there everynight! so good!

                  1. Kip McSkipster Aug 10, 2009 04:45 PM

                    I second Kell's Kreme, although it's been a few years. I also recall enjoying a huge cone at a place on rte 16 in Everett, forget the name.

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                    1. re: Kip McSkipster
                      itaunas Aug 10, 2009 04:53 PM

                      I have tried Louie's soft serve in the past which was fine but never really latched onto it, but not this year. Spadafora on Highland in Malden (hey Yum Yum, combine it with a trip to Fuloon, also have a really cheap banana split with hard or ss ice cream) and Celebrity (pricier/smaller, but better for a SS cone with a dip) have been my standbys this year. My suggestion, though, would be for YumYum to give Alexander's on Main St in Medford a try where I have only had the hard ice cream and let us know. As far as Louie's grape nut custard, as far as I know its Richardson's... which you can get it at a lot of places nearby, Alexander's, CB Scoops in Medford, Jay's in Malden, Dairy King in Everett, Spadafora... There also is one more ice cream place in Medford that I haven't found open ever but mostly in the offseason. I think the Chilly Cow has some, but not all Richardson's flavors. Alexander's, Jay's, New Deal Fruit have the Richardson's 1/2 gallons.

                      1. re: itaunas
                        lisa13 Aug 11, 2009 08:07 PM

                        spadafora's rules

                      2. re: Kip McSkipster
                        hiddenboston Aug 11, 2009 06:57 AM

                        I like Kell's Kreme, but most people I know don't. It's definitely convenient to Boston, though.

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                        skordalia Aug 10, 2009 05:29 PM

                        I'm pretty sure Jimmies in Roslindale Village can hook you up. 99% positive they have soft serve, and as for the jimmies...

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                        1. re: skordalia
                          Stellar D Aug 10, 2009 06:19 PM

                          Don't Friendly's do soft serve?

                          1. re: Stellar D
                            CookieLee Aug 10, 2009 06:27 PM

                            nope, no ss @ Friendly's. The ice cream stand in Lakin Sq in Quincy, they always had great ss.

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                          robertlf Aug 10, 2009 06:48 PM

                          Closer to where? Downtown Boston? Toscanini's has great ice cream but does not have soft serve. Closest to Boston would be Celebrity in Watertown.

                          1. BostonZest Aug 10, 2009 07:10 PM

                            You may have to bring your own jimmies but I think I remember soft serve on the menu at Summer Shack.


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                            1. re: BostonZest
                              bear Aug 11, 2009 04:08 AM

                              Hey, Penny, thanks for that reminder. I totally forgot about Summer Shack. My husband will be happy, since we drive by SS all the time!

                            2. yumyum Aug 11, 2009 07:03 AM

                              Wow you guys. Thanks for all the ideas!

                              1. trufflehound Aug 11, 2009 09:24 AM

                                I know it's not too close, but I must chime in for Tasty Treat in Ashland. Soft serve orange sherbet and coffee IC. Get em twisted.

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                                  emmie Aug 11, 2009 09:37 AM

                                  You can get soft serve at Sullivan's, and eat it while walking around Caslte Island. Or also in southie, I like the vanilla soft serve at the Boathouse on L st.

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                                    mrsx Aug 11, 2009 10:25 AM

                                    Dairy Freeze on Adams Street in Quincy has soft serve.

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                                    1. re: mrsx
                                      catsmeow Aug 11, 2009 12:31 PM

                                      That's the place that I was referring to in my post way up above. I couldn't remember the name of it. I've been going there since I was a little kid. About 3 yrs ago, they changed the type of soft serve and I didn't care for it. I didn't go back fr a few years but did try it again this year. I'm happy to say that they have the good stuff again.

                                      1. re: catsmeow
                                        CookieLee Aug 11, 2009 01:30 PM

                                        And me as well. I'm so happy to hear the good stuff is back, and I missed the bad stuff!

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                                      Blumie Aug 11, 2009 12:59 PM

                                      For what it's worth, Dairy Joy does not have jimmies!

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                                      1. re: Blumie
                                        yumyum Aug 11, 2009 01:45 PM

                                        Oh man. This is a BYOJ kind of situation I guess. Thanks for the clarification.

                                        1. re: yumyum
                                          Blumie Aug 13, 2009 06:54 AM

                                          I know, you'd think they would. Of course, they'd charge an extra $1.50 if you wanted jimmies, but it would be a nice touch on a javaberry cone!

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