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Central Dairy

610 Madison St.
Jefferson CIty  Missouri  65101
United States
(573) 635-6148
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Midwest Living Review

Maria Duryee
Old-fashioned Central Dairy offers an amazing mix of traditional ice creams (three kinds of vanilla!), premium flavors, "Alaskan classics" and fro-yo.

Open since 1932, the Central Dairy ice cream shop puts a public face on a manufacturing company by the same name that produces ice cream, milk, sour cream, cottage cheese and other dairy products. Ice cream flavors include multiple variations on vanilla and chocolate; premium flavors take in the likes of chocolate mousse, Texas Pecan and Muddy River; Alaskan Classics carry names like Bear Claw, Caramel Caribou and Moose Tracks. Calorie-counters need not worry—there’s frozen yogurt, low-fat ice cream, sherbet and even sugar-free ice cream, too. Needless to say, making choices can be difficult, but workers are generous with samples to guide you. 

Our group stuck mostly to basic flavors like butter pecan (although one person indulged in a sundae, meaning just to taste, and couldn’t stop eating until it was all gone). Everything is so good, you’ll want to take some ice cream home, or look for pints and gallons at the local supermarket. 

This Jeff City landmark is easy to find thanks to a red-and-white striped awning hinting at 1950s diner-style decor inside—white tile walls, red-and-white tile floor, a wall of windows looking out onto the street and scarred wood booths around yellow Formica tables. Even the prices feel old-fashioned; a small, one-flavor serving costs about $2.

Visited: 
October 12, 2012

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