Midwest Living Review
Shell's Ice Cream and Grill celebrated its first anniversary in August 2010, although the building has been around a lot longer than that. The father of current owner Dawn Shell ran the eatery as a Dairy Queen years ago, and the food will remind you of that popular chain. Shell's is now a retro diner and home of the only drive-through window in town. Decor is red and black with old vinyl 45s stapled on the walls, a classic-car wallpaper border, a textured chromelike wall treatment, and a jukebox that plays Elvis, Beach Boys and the like. The menu is full of the expected faves, cheeseburgers, patty melts and crinkle-cut fries.The soft-serve and hard-scoop ice cream comes in a variety of flavors and variations -- cups, cones, sundaes, malts, shakes and blended concoctions called hurricanes. There were only eight tubs of the scoopable flavors to choose from when we stopped by and no vanilla. (Unheard of!) A chocolate cone and a fountain Coke hit the spot on a hot day; the strawberry-lemonade cooler was a refreshing and pretty lemonade with some strawberry sundae topping. Shell's offers these coolers in several fruit flavors, a great idea. All told, our refreshments cost about $6.Service was not particularly friendly, but prices were reasonable, and the restaurant was spotlessly clean.