Best Little Rock Ice Cream Shops and Dairy Bars

Who among us doesn't love ice cream? It's almost the perfect summer treat. Cool, sweet and creamy, it tingles your mouth and gives you a brain freeze that brings you back to your childhood. I prefer to enjoy ice cream year-round. It's a little reminder that winter will be over and summer will come again. Here are some of the best places to enjoy ice cream in Little Rock.
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    Ice Cream Cones
    ••• Loblolly offers a varying selection of flavors. hdere / Getty Images
    Though Loblolly products show up at restaurants around the city, their main location is in the Green Corner Store.  Loblolly Creamery makes small batch ice cream, and they serve it at an old-fashioned soda fountain.  Milkshakes, ice cream treats and old soda fountain favorites can be found there.  The Green Corner Store Soda Fountain is located at 1423 South Main St.

     

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    The Purple Cow

    Purple Cow Milkshakes
    ••• Purple Cow Milkshakes. Amanda Galiano

    When people talk about The Purple Cow, it's not the burgers and fries or soups and salads they mention, even though those are great too. People talk about the monster milkshakes. Try the purple vanilla or my personal favorite, the peanut butter. The Purple Cow is pricey for an everyday ice cream treat but it's a nice sit down restaurant with something for kids. Two locations: 8026 Cantrell Road & 11602 Chenal Parkway. 221-3555/224-443.

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    Hot dogs and frozen custard, who could ask for anything more?  Fun dog theme with lots of interesting hot dogs.  Located in North Little Rock, 5508 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. 501-753-5407.

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    When I went to Wilson Elementary, we used to visit this place every Friday. The dipped cones with the hard chocolate shell are still my personal fave. The soft serve and everything else is also worth sampling. There are some indoor seats but ice cream is best enjoyed in your car or outside. They also have other dairy bar foods like hamburgers and hot dogs. Located at 7105 Colonel Glenn Road (once called Asher Avenue), Little Rock, AR. 501-562-1085.

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    Shakes
    ••• Shakes. Amanda Galiano

    Shake's doesn't have ice cream. They have frozen custard. If you've never tried frozen custard, you're in for a treat. From the first bite, you know you're not eating ice cream. It's much smoother and creamier. It tastes like you're eating silk. Don't be fooled though, a cup of Shake's is just as calorie laden as a cup of any ice cream you can find. It's hard to say which is better, ice cream or custard. I say try them both! Located at 12011 Westhaven Dr, close to Chenal Parkway. 501-224-0150

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    The Dreamy Spoon self-serve frozen yogurt is located in Maumelle, but it's worth the drive. This is a locally owned spot with fun flavors you won't find at the chains plus a great atmosphere. They use fresh fruit toppings and try to use organic whenever possible. Located on 115 Audubon Dr. #1 in Maumelle, 501-851-2448.
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    ZaZa's is a restaurant, but they have fresh gelato. The gelato is reason to visit by itself. Located at 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. (behind the Heights Theater), 501-661-9292.
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    Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

    Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
    ••• Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Amanda Galiano

    This is the best self-serve frozen yogurt place in Little Rock.  Kids and adults can mix and match flavors, toppings and sauces to make a unique yogurt creation.  Located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd, 501-227-4522.

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    Bruster's is a national chain. Their options include fun sundaes, waffles cones, cakes and pies, shakes and smoothies.  They also have hot dogs.  14710 Cantrell Road, 501-868-9522.

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    This is a nice little dairy bar serving up burgers, dairy treats and it's locally owned. Located in North Little Rock at 2900 E. Washington. 501-945-9025.
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    This one is great for nostalgia. Located at 6406 Congo Road in Benton, it's like the dairy bar your grandma used to go to. They server burgers and fries too. 501-794-3929.
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    You can drive through and get a treat or use the indoor and outdoor seating. The name stands for "This Country's Best Yogurt" and their product, while probably not the best, is pretty good. TCBY actually stated in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981. They make great cakes too. There are three TCBY locations in Little Rock on Cantrell, Airport Drive and West Markham and one in North Little Rock in Lakewood.
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    Lots of flavors. Maggie Moos makes ice cream fresh at each store. 17821 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-7609.
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    Cold Stone Creamery

    Cold Stone Creamery
    ••• Cold Stone Creamery. Amanda Galiano

    Cold Stone Creamery is a chain that makes great ice cream. It's heaven for ice cream lovers. You can mix in any flavor and topping you want. I've yet to taste a bad flavor. You can sit indoors or outdoors on benches. Located at 12800 Chenal Parkway (it's on Chenal Parkway across from Old Navy & Petco) in West Little Rock. 501-225-7000.