Best Places for Ice Cream!
Is it summer yet? While recent weather may not have felt like summer, there’s over a month of summer left. That means, ice cream!
And In The Beautiful Badlands…..
We surveyed twenty social media pages for recommendations to direct us to good ice cream. The response was overwhelming! Summer definitely = ice cream!
The Top Ten Best Places for Ice Cream Are…..
1. Dakota Drug Company, Stanley, North Dakota
Most people will agree that Dakota Drug Company has the most famous ice cream treat in the state! Ever heard of Whirl-A-Whip? Think vintage blizzard! The Whirl-A-Whip is a retro ice cream machine which was first manufactured in the 1930’s, and has quite a history. Original machines are very rare, with only two most often cited: this one in Stanley (they use hard ice cream, which was traditional) and one in Girard, Illinois (they begin with soft serve ice cream).
Watch this video from KXnet.com: The Only Known Original Whirla-Whip Machine is in North Dakota!
Also check out this interesting video: Destination Small Town Discovers Stanley, North Dakota Whirl-a-Whips!
2. The Cold Stuff, Dickinson, North Dakota
The Cold Stuff is a food truck which sets up at various locations and events in the Dickinson area. As the owners put it, ” Our ice cream is hard serve, super premium (extra creamy) ‘cold stuff’ from Wisconsin. Come check us out!” The flavors are tremendously varied, and new ones continually rotate through! Keep up with the latest flavors, and locations, by monitoring their Facebook page The Cold Stuff, or receive cell phone texts with updates by texting ‘thecoldstuff’ to 94253. Their ice cream ROCKS! Really!!
3. Nana Lil’s Cafe, Killdeer, North Dakota
Nana Lil’s Cafe in Killdeer, North Dakota, is a local legend, an integral part of the community. Their own description on their Facebook page states: “Family friendly cafe with a breakfast menu till 10:45am daily with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, apps, fries, & ice cream. Game room & meeting room.” Apparently their ice cream is one of their most sought after summer offerings! Stop there for classic Blue Bunny flavors!
4. Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain, Watford City, North Dakota
It was readily apparent that in the McKenzie County area that a huge draw for ice cream treats is Larsen Service Drug & Soda Fountain in Watford City! The business has been vibrant in Watford City since 1952, and it’s family run. You can find a huge variety of merchandise there, along with medical prescriptions and supplies, but it’s the old fashioned soda fountain which is the fun attraction. Stop by for freshly brewed coffee every morning. This is a MUST place to go for ice cream!
5. Nutt-N-Better, Sidney, Montana
Nutt-N Better was the most highly recommended ice cream shop in the Sidney, Montana area. People answering the survey raved about the Blue Bunny Ice Cream products. It’s ‘the go-to place’ on a hot summer day in the Sunrise City!
6. Tioga Drug & The Soda Shoppe, Tioga, North Dakota
The Soda Shoppe is a new addition (the return of an old tradition!) to Tioga Drug, founded in 1953 and still locally owned. The Soda Shoppe opened July 1, 2019. When you stop there, ask about their Soda Shoppe rewards program. This cool retro hang out seems right out of the ’50’s!
7. Long X Trading Post Visitor Center, Watford City, North Dakota
While the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County and the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center in Watford City are well known for their extensive display of artifacts and art, some miss the genuine hospitality of the place. And the ice cream! This is our favorite place for ice cream in the area! Not only is the ice cream delicious, but the people working there are gracious and knowledgable. They’ll become your friends! Go to this inviting building for a generous (big!) ice cream cone!
8. Yum Froyo & More, Dickinson, North Dakota
Yum Froyo & More is a frozen yogurt shop which is locally owned. It’s a kid friendly space which offers frozen yogurt, soft serve ice cream, pizza, drinks, and more. Of special note is that Dairy Free options are available!
9. Dairy Queen, Dickinson, North Dakota
What could be more classic for a summer ice cream treat than Dairy Queen! The Dairy Queen in Dickinson received very high praise, and every time we’ve stopped there the lines have been sizable. And the service was good! Dairy Queens are also located in Killdeer, Williston, and Sidney.
10. The Cup & Cake, Belfield, North Dakota
The Cup & Cake in Belfield was formerly known as The Cup. Now under new ownership, it is located to the back of Main Street Boutique. You’ll find specialty coffees, teas, lemonades, bakery items and wonderful ice cream! Renovations are in progress. We’re excited about this new enterprise!
And There’s More!
While the ten ice cream destinations listed above received the most recommendations, many others followed closely. Here’s the rest of the results!
- My Swirl Self Serve Frozen Yogurt Williston, North Dakota
- Dairy Barn Dickinson, North Dakota
- Tasty Treats Parshall, North Dakota
- China Express New Town, North Dakota
- Snacs Belfield, North Dakota
- Dairy Queen Killdeer, North Dakota
- Culvers Williston, North Dakota
- Marquis De Mores Ice Cream Parlor Medora, North Dakota
- Wild Cow Coffee & Cream Watford City, North Dakota
- Dairy Queen Williston, North Dakota
- McDonald’s Sidney, Montana
- Dairy Queen Sidney, Montana
- Hatlee & Brae Medora, North Dakota
- Red Rooster Crosby, North Dakota
- Scoops Culbertson, Montana
- Trappers Kettle Belfield, North Dakota
- Paragon Bowl Dickinson, North Dakota
Where’s Your Favorite Ice Cream Place?
There are many more places for good ice cream in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. Where do you go for an ice cream treat?
We recently hiked on a hot summer day, and ice cream would have been the perfect cool down. Check out our afternoon adventure here: Chimney Butte Gave Us More Than We Anticipated!
And on the subject of cooling off, this little known historic railway tunnel in North Dakota (the only one!) is very cool! Literally! Read about it here: Do You Dare Explore This Dark, Curved Tunnel?!
Ideas for us? If you’ve suggestions of sights we should see, places we should explore, people we should meet, let us know! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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