Midwest Living Review
With homemade ice creams like Church Basement Lemon Bar, West's Dairy shows its creativity and a keen understanding of the flavors Midwesterners will go for. Located in downtown Hayward since the 1930s, today's version of West's is fresh and simple but upscale. If Pottery Barn were an ice cream store, this is what it would look like, with lots of white-painted wainscot and large black-and-white heritage photos of the original dairy and Hayward attractions. The store's 40 flavors of ice cream--made on the premises--show a lot of imagination, with names like Almost Sinful (a perennial favorite); Red Velvet Cake; Green Tea; Death by Chocolate; Licorice Whip; Chunky Musky. At $3-and-change for a cone, the ice cream is a little pricey; but you get a LOT of ice cream in each serving. Another specialty: The Bald Eagle Brownie Sundae--brownie cut in triangles for wings, ice cream in the middle, lots of sauce. If the 8 a.m. opening is too early to think about ice cream, they offer espresso and coffee drinks, plus muffins. The store closes for the season on Oct. 31, when they give out free ice cream cones.